Better to have tried and failed than not to have tried at all, right?
Generations of fathers would say to their kids “of course”. But it seems not in every case.
A while back, Mozilla and Debian had several goes at coming to an agreement for the use of the Firefox name and logo. In then end, we collectively failed, which is something I consider a great shame. Sadly, this failure seems to have left a significant number of free software people with a residual unhappiness and antipathy towards Mozilla. Which is, in some ways, an even bigger failure.
On the other hand, no-one seems to have even suggested that there’s a possibility that the new kid on the block will allow their name to be used when Debian packages their software. So Debian are happily and peacefully packaging it under the alternative name. I haven’t noticed anyone being upset about this.
Why is that?
 And I’m not interested in reopening the debate about who was right. That’s not the point of this post.