The American Dental Association announced Friday that they are suing both the Free Software Foundation and the Linux Foundation over the use of the acronym FLOSS.
The controversy stems over the widespread use of the acronym FLOSS, meaning Free/Libre and Open Source Software, by members of the Linux community. The verb 'floss' means to clean the lingering remains of food between the teeth with a silk-like thread, also known as 'floss'
"FLOSS is a registered trademark of the American Dental Association and we will no longer tolerate the use of this acronym to refer to Free and Open Source software" said Larry Incisor, spokesman for the ADA.
Linus Torvalds, when asked to comment, remarked: "These acronyms are getting out of hand and I particularly hate the acronym FLOSS anyway. I have told our Linux kernel developers many times on the mailing list, to keep the use of acronyms to a minimum. FLOSS is one of the worst - almost as bad as GNU."
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