With Knoppix at least they named the distros differently. With KDE and Gnome, taking the first letter of the names was good enough. But Ubuntu and those using it have developed a silly idea and are trying desperately to make it ‘cool’. Unfortunately, most people seem to agree with them that this naming convention is just that…cool. My stomach turns…
I disagree with this notion of ‘cool’. I think it is silly and unprofessional. For those that have no idea what I’m speaking of, please take special note of the names of the following distros:
- What next?
Perhaps some of you may think I’m being harsh. I don’t think so. Adding oddly named distros of Linux that are so similar in name have a chance of confusing the general public. Is there anything to stop these projects from popping up? Will there be derrivatives such as Gamebuntu or other such oddities as GovBuntu or Serverbuntu/Mailbuntu in months and years to come? Not if good taste comes into play. I defeatedly will wait for Pornbuntu to come out sometime in the next few years (ok…perhaps I’m stretching, but you should get the picture). Why didn’t Canonical just name it Ubuntu – Education Edition, Ubuntu – KDE Edition, or something along those lines. Why try to make it ‘cool’ to have Ubuntu inside that new name for the new project? Why Why Why?
John Dvorak wrote something similar about Microsoft and Windows Vista and while I don’t really like his, let’s say, journalistic flair; in this case I found his article entertaining and funny. It seems silly when you take that article into consideration. Ubuntu is approaching this version naming fiasco. Hopefully, someone will put the breaks on it. Don’t get me wrong. I like Ubuntu. It’s doing wonders for spreading the word on Linux. Because of Ubuntu’s popularity it is bringing minions of people to its banner and other distributions are probably seeing increased numbers flocking to use them as well. Just getting those influx of new users makes using Linux exciting right now. Let’s just NOT show them how corny we can be by continuing to make silly names for Ubuntu derrivatives.
Imagine if slackware or debian did the same? You’d have Kebian, Klackware, Gnackware, EduSlackware, EduDebian, and combinations of the like. Anyone want to give Gameslack a try? How about Gamian, the Debian gaming Distro? It seems silly when you look at things this way. So, hopefully someone out there that has some pull within Ubuntu is reading. Hopefully, they take this constructive criticism to heart. Hopefully, they don’t continue to insist that it is ‘cool’ to have ubuntu in the name of things because, honestly, it just isn’t.
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