>What’s in a Name?

>Where I stand on all those controversial naming fights with RMS on one side…..

“””Intellectual Property”””. It needs triple quotes cause I really don’t like this one. If you really need to group copyright, trademarks, and patents try Intellectual Rights.

Open Source vs Free Software vs FLOSS vs ……… yea. This is a tough one cause the more names you’ve got that mean similar things the more I get confused. FLOSS is the most technically correct in my mind to call GPLed stuff, or perhaps throw a “Perpetual” in there somewhere. I don’t mind using any or all of them, as long as you actually understand the specific license differences!

I consider the GPL to take the future user into account (which I think is great), hence the perpetual. It’s libre always.

GNU/+&Linux So I am running GNU/Gnome/Xorg/Dbus/Gstreamer/OpenOffice.org/Debian/Ubuntu/nVidia/Linux.
And I have no problem saying that because it provides you more information and is more correct than just saying Linux or Ubuntu. The thing is saying Ubuntu implies most of that :).
I’m also fine with the shorthand Linux. I also think a “/” or a “+” isn’t great from a marketing point of view. Although saying I am running a GNU System has a nice ring to it.

Firefox vs Iceweasel. Why is Debian changing large parts of Firefox without trying to upstream the changes? Or if they are trying, are the changes just not good enough?

OpenOffice vs OpenOffice.org I gotta admit I’m crazy, I like OpenOffice.org better when writing, but when talking I usually say it without the .org. It sounds silly and can be confusing.

Pidgin vs Gaim. Look it up, I like the new name.

Apps that start with the library they used to make it vs Apps that have names that let you infer what it actually does

And I also like apps whose name is consistent in the GUI or on the CLI.
What naming throws you off your game? What are your opinions on the above?

One thought on “>What’s in a Name?”

  1. >Instead of Intellectual Rights, try Intellectual Restrictions. ‘Cause that’s what they are.

    Knowing the difference between free software and open source is important. I don’t think the perpetual tag is necessary: any software released under any license, unless that license has a revokation clause, is perpetually under that license. It is changes to that software that may be licensed differently.

    I say GNU+Linux because Linus, who gets to speak for Linux, doesn’t care about the things I care about. GNU[/+]Linux is the most concise way I know of to say that I use “Linux” but Linus doesn’t speak for me.

    Debian isn’t changing large parts of Mozilla Firefox without trying to upstream it: the Debian Mozilla maintainers send every relevant patch upstream (see Debian BTS). The debate is over downstream users of the Debian source package: Debian’s social contract says that Debian has to give its users all the (software related) rights it has, but Mozilla wants to only allow Debian to use Mozilla’s trademark — and not downstream distributions like Ubuntu.

    Us Debian users endured a name change so you Ubuntu users could insult us. I’m glad we care.

    Unrelated to anything specific you wrote, I like names that are puns! bash! GnuCash! ept-cache!

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