[openbeos-cdt] Re: Names

  • From: "Stuart McCoy" <stubear@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <openbeos-cdt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2002 21:24:34 -0500


The name change was suggested by Michael Phipps, the main OBOS project
leader.  While there is no immediate legal problems, there could likely be
some from either Palm or Be.  It would be prudent to make a name change now
before a lot of effort is wasted on a logo based on a trademark owned by
someone else.

One suggestion brought up by another CDT member was the name should tie in
with the current look/feel of BeOS R5 as OBOS R1 is essentially a rehash of
BeOS R5 with completely rewritten source code.

By the way, there is always the off chance that we can keep the name but for
now if we can come up with something better we can avert any problems later
down the road.

-----Original Message-----
From: openbeos-cdt-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:openbeos-cdt-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Boris Kuncer
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2002 9:14 PM
To: openbeos-cdt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [openbeos-cdt] Re: Names


I think before we give name suggestion it' better to ask project leader
is it possible to change name of this project and if we can, what are
limitations of the name. This OS is OPEN and it is based on BeOS. You
can't run from that.
It's normal to use those words, but we can still use 'be' because it's
just .. you know 'to be'..and we can use free or
we can ask some expert, lawyer to help us.


> Boris ... I see where you are coming from with not changing
>from OBOS.  I didn't want to change from openbeos, but we have
>to.  That being said, OBOS just doesn't sound very good.  It's
>an acronym that has history that could get us in trouble, but
>more than that, I think we could do a far better job picking a
>name that describes us to people who are not in the BeOS
>community.  The BeOS community will catch on when we change
>our name ... it's the new people we want to atract that the
>name is for.  We should pick a name that 1) describes us and
>the project, 2) is independent of other names in the computing
>world, and 3) that can be trademarked and marketable to the
>masses. ... As for this matter, I would suggest "daylight" as
>the OS name (I know we should think of a concept first, but I
>just wanted to throw it out.)  It stands for a new beginning
>in the computing world after a long night.  It's something
>that is friendly, and that everyone can relate to.  It's
>colorful and grandeous, while being simple and captivating.
>You can say things like, "Yeah, I run DayLight on my machine.
>... ". Anyway, just a thought. NateC (saffertan)
>  Boris Kuncer <borisko@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>I think that OBOS can not have legal problems. It just have 'B' from
>OBOS is already known to beos community and I think that new
>name will just enter confusion in advertising this project.
>btw.. what Be means in the name of BeOS?
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: "Stuart McCoy"
>>Sent: Wednesday, April 03, 2002 1:26 AM
>>Subject: [openbeos-cdt] Re: Names
>>> This is supposed to be the name of the OS itself. At a later date we
>>> perhaps ruminate on the naming of the seperate elements of
>>the OS but
>>> much like the look of the OS being derived from the identity, the
>>> names of the core components should be derived from the name
>>of the OS
>>> itself.
>>Do you really think of renaming the OS? I think we should
>>stick to "OpenBeOS" becouse people can re-recognize the good
>>old BeOS. I will still know that OpenBeOS has a new name. But
>>what about all the other BeOS user who even have not heared
>>about OBOS? How will they know that XY is the new BeOS?
>>> By the way, what about "Elemental" as a name?
>>Sounds good. I like it. But the user could think that it is
>>only an elemental OS and doesn't have many abilities... And
>>(already said) think about the worth of re-recognition.
>>Greetings Eckard
>Nathan Callender           nathan_callender@xxxxxxxxx
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