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When choosing a name for a new Apache project, or for a new downloadable software product within an existing Apache project, we need to ensure the new name will be suitable. We want to ensure that the new name won't infringe on or unduly conflict with any existing software products that already exist, and to understand how well the ASF and the project will be able to defend our use of the name going forward.

These are general guidelines for considering new names, either for podlings undergoing Incubation, or existing projects creating new software products or subprojects. PPMC/PMC members must read the detailed name search process so they can properly conduct a search.

Basic Name Search Considerations

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