>A lot of people questioned Mozilla’s protection of their Firefox trademark preventing Debian from using their brand name. They did this because Debian wanted to patch Firefox and still call it Firefox.
What Debian (and Ubuntu) is really doing by maintaining their own patch-sets on packages is forking the entire Free Software Universe. I believe the ability to fork is essential for the free software world. However, maintaining a patch-set against a package should be the last resort for a distributor.
OpenSSL is taking a good amount of heat; For a Debian fork of their software.
Let’s pretend this happened to Debian’s fork of Firefox, which they can only call IceWeasel.
The Firefox brand would be protected from the clear fork of their product.
+1 to Mozilla for foresight