Recently, I discovered a commercial company, Raptor Engineering, which released a small computer (what they call a BMC) which they named the Kestrel.
- their hardware stack is build entirely from open source software and hardware, and,
- my project is built entirely from open source software and hardware, and,
- where Raptor Engineering has similar end-goals to myself (except approaching the market from the high-end instead of the low-end),
therefore, I consider the opportunity for market confusion is too great to continue using the Kestrel name. This is a name that I've been using since early 2004. Many projects and even commercial products with the name Kestrel have come and gone since then, but none so closely aligned with my project. So, to that end, I'm terminating further discussion of the Kestrel Computer Project on Hackaday.io.
I cannot accept the risk of legal interference from Raptor should they decide to pursue it. So, I'm pro-actively archiving this project effective immediately. I can't afford any time in court right now, and I know my organization skills aren't anywhere close to that required to pose a competent legal defense.