[openbeos-cdt] Re: Names

  • From: David Goodrich <goodrich@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos-cdt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2002 16:39:52 -0600

one thing.. os/2 v. 4 was called "merlin"... might lead to some confusion

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From: "Dale A. Raby" <publisher@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <openbeos-cdt@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2002 10:15 AM
Subject: [openbeos-cdt] Names

> OK.  On the subject of names.  I came up with a couple of half-baked
> ideas while in the shower... hey inspiration strikes where it may, but I
> appologize for this horrible image.  I propose that we look to history
> and/or mythology for our inspiration.  Specifically, I would suggest
> Arthurian mythology.
> On that note, a few specifics:
> Excalibur...
> The sword given to Arthur by a hand reaching out of the surface of a
> lake.  With it he was to unite (read conquer) England.  The scabbard,
> according to Merlin was the most valuable part of the package as one
> holding it would lose no blood in battle.  So it was a warrior's tool
> that rendered one invulnerable.  Kind of like the mythical crash-proof
> OS  This one would lend itself well to the artists among us.  It is also
> old beyond belief and cannot be copyrighted.  Le Morte d' Arthur was
> originally published in the 1400's.
> Merlin...
> Also can't be copyrighted.  Would lend itself to wide interpretation
> graphically.  Merlin was supposedly a powerful wizard, but actually did
> little other than to disguise people and create other illusions.  The
> paralels to our modern cyberworld are obvious.
> Lancelot...
> This knight of Arthur is mostly known for stealing Arthur's queen
> Guinever... for us, the world desktop market from Microsoft.  This would
> also lend itself well to graphics.
> Any of these would be instantly recognizable to most any educated person
> in the world, and even some six hundred years after the legends were
> gathered and published in book form by Sir Thomas Malory, himself almost
> lost in legend, they still conjure images that appeal to many.
> Comments?
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