[openbeos] Re: Christianing party

  • From: "Michael Phipps" <mphipps1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 24 Oct 2002 21:56:38 -0400

>First of all, I'd like to thank everyone involved with the OBOS replacement
>name project.  It is a thankless job, and people can get very emotional over
>it.  Considering the pressure you guys must have been under, I think you did
>manage to cut the list down to a very decent selection.  Good work.

Thank you. You can only imagine. ;-)

>I admit that my first thoughts about the suggested names weren't nice.  I
>was expecting a fantastic name to stand out above all others, something so
>amazing and great, something to end all conflict on earth, unify the galaxy,
>and bring everlasting joy and happiness to all life forms.  After the
>initial disappointment, I began noticing that most of the names were
>actually pretty good.  The names grow on you quickly.  Give it time and they
>will be just as great as some other names. 

When I announced the contest for suggestions, I was hoping for a name like 
that, too.
I really was. I, as well, don't find anything earth shaking or outstanding of 
any of these names.
But, then again, what product *NAME* has really blown your mind? 
Let's look at some:
Pepsi - derived from pep, as in energy. Not phenominal
Coca-cola - derived from cocoa and/or cocaine and the cola nut
IBM - does it get more boring than this?
Apple - OK, whatever. They picked it because spj was a fruitarian and liked 
them. Besides, it came before Atari in the phone book.
Apache - an American Indian tribe
Linux - combination of Linus and Unix.

I could go on and on, but really, the name, in and of itself, isn't all *that* 
important - anything we choose, we start with a blank slate. It needs to get 
associated positively with what we do. Short of BeOS or OpenBeOS, I can't think 
of too many names that really give us a *positive* push. Many that give us a 
negative "pull", but I really think that we have weeded those out, for the most 

>No matter which selection ends up winning, I say lets throw a party
>afterwards.  A christianing party, so to speak (time to brush up on my
>GodFather quotes).

As much as I appreciate the sentiment, I want to save my next party for an R1 
release party. Then I want to party like its 1999. Again. ;-)

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