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Re:Why the stupid name?

Posted by: Anonymous Coward on April 06, 2007 06:01 AM
Ekiga is a shyte name. It is also the second name for what was an already well known project, GnomeMeeting. As well as being an established and known name, GnomeMeeting was somewhat descriptive as well as being similar to the even better known NetMeeting.

GnomeMeeting was a perfectly acceptable name and it made sense. It was, after all, a Linux replacement for Windows NetMeeting. The Ekiga name is shyte that could indeed hamper its adoption. Though its not as bad or hampering as Ogg Vorbis.

The original poster has a definite point about naming. FOSS projects put too much effort into manufacturing stupid acronyms and attempts to emulate the recursive naming of GNU. Instead they should do like the marketers and use names that are either descriptive and/or create a positive mental feeling.

Naming alone can make or break a product or poject. It's why sports cars are named Jaguar and Mustang instead of Pussywillow or Daisy. There's a reason why companies spend, sometimes, millions of dollars to find just the right name for their product. But, I know that anything commercial is morally bankrupt in Joe's mind so, I don't suppose he will acknowledge these facts. I'm sure he thinks that he is above the influneces of marketing and naming tactics.

Your favorite "Microsoft shill".


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