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Re: On new names for "Deity"

On Fri, Feb 27, 1998 at 06:54:39PM -0000, bruce@va.debian.org wrote:
> I think we should go with "Trove" for the package management portion of
> our administration tool suite, and go on to other issues now. It's a unique
> name, it doesn't sound like anything else, it arouses curiousity, and has the
> advantage of not being an acronym. It accurately reflects the feeling we
> want people to have about the free software collection that it accesses.
> 	trove
> 	('tr{o-}v)
> 	Etymology: short for i[treasure trove]
> 	2) n, a valuable collection: TREASURE
> 	HAUL]
> So far, I haven't heard much suggestion that this is a horrible hateful name.
> I think we spend way too much time on the names of things. I don't think we
> need to continue to throw ideas into the hat and go on to an election about
> them :-) .

The only problem I see with that is for non-English speakers. "trove" is
not a very common word in English, and it's not easy for a (say) spanish
speaker, even with some knowledge of "Computer Science English", to
associate that word with a package management tool. When I saw it first
in this list a few days ago it reminded me of "trova", a kind of medieval
ballad, and "trovador" or "trovero", medieval poet that composed and sang
"trovas", often used as a synonym of juggler. I think that's not the
right image to associate with one of our most valuable and advanced tools. :-)

Unix already have bad reputation of using cryptic acronyms for
common tools. Although I don't think that reputation is justified, I
would prefer not giving weapons to our enemies...

Enrique Zanardi						ezanardi@ull.es
Dpto. Fisica Fundamental y Experimental 		Univ. de La Laguna

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