[OpenIndiana-discuss] The name: "OpenIndiana"

Stefan Müller-Wilken stefan.mueller-wilken at acando.de
Wed Oct 6 16:52:25 UTC 2010

In fact and AFAIK, there _was_ no community other than the persons involved when the name was chosen as this was before official project launch. I'm with you with the nice "horse-out-of-the-barn" picture. The name is there and I'm not sure if changing it would increase our momentum.

The only chance I see is in shortening it a little bit. What about reducing it to 'Indiana'. I don't think that Sun^WOracle has registered that one and would remind a little more of Solaris as a brand, it is catchy and leaves much room for logo design ;-)


Von: Brett Dikeman [brett.dikeman at gmail.com]
Gesendet: Mittwoch, 6. Oktober 2010 18:22
An: Discussion list for OpenIndiana
Betreff: Re: [OpenIndiana-discuss] The name: "OpenIndiana"

On Wed, Oct 6, 2010 at 10:32 AM, Hillel Lubman <shtetldik at gmail.com> wrote:

> But really - there was no open discussion about the name prior to
> OpenIndiana going public. May be now is a good time to make some
> contest for the distro name.

IMHO (and coming into this as someone with an outsider view, ie no
involvement in the project other than as a relatively new user), the
horse is out of the barn.  The time for a new name was when the brand
was established - all the coverage the project received.  Also, the
name makes sense and thus communicates what it is reasonably well.

Changing the name will throw all that coverage right out the window
and confuse people.  Maybe it is a shame the name was chosen without
more community input, but it doesn't negate the problems with a name
change right now.

I suggest having some fun with mascots or code names for releases, but
urge leaving the project name alone for a bit, until the project has
some history and a mind&market share.


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