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Month: March 2011

Re: [trinity-devel] Naming: Trinity Desktop Environment or KDE Classic developed by the Trinity Project?

From: Darrell Anderson <humanreadable@...>
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2011 09:51:22 -0800 (PST)
So much energy expended about app names. This stuff is all GPL. The KDE people do not own the names. Historically, names have been changed simply as a point of distinction, courtesy, and respect. A name change indicates a parting of ways regardless of the reasons.

I suspect there are people who object to the Trinity name. The word means three, but there are obvious religious under tones to the name that people might object. Two-thirds of the people on this planet do not observe the Christian religion. People are free to choose their religion as much as their software, but if a software name alienates people in such a manner, then the name hinders progress rather than helps.

I never hated but never cared for the "K" prefix to all the app names. I won't vote to change them all to "T" either. I prefer simple human readable names with no cute twists. I see nothing wrong with Console, Mixer, Compare, Alarm, Clipboard, etc. Simple and straightforward. Some names should be left as is, such as Konqueror or Kate.

Considering the challenge of changing all names, just leave them all as is. After all these years there is a well known familiarity with the existing names. Why confuse end users?

Let sleeping dogs lie.