[openbeos] Re: Name suggestion

  • From: "Kurtis Kopf" <kurtis@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <openbeos@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 17:43:52 -0700

    During the name collection, over 3000 names were submitted.  One of my
tasks as the new OBOS webmaster is to work with Deej, Daniel, and a few
other people to try and shorten the list... A rather tedious task, and as
you can imagine, it's not easy to be objective... Everyone has their
preferences.  The team leads and administrators have also been debating on
weather or not to include "Be" or keep the same sound in the OS for several
reasons.  One reason against it would be that newcomers might not want to
try or look at an operating system that they had heard failed at one point.
There is also the legality of it... Sure Be Inc. may not bother to sue us,
but Palm Inc. might.  But on the other hand, everyone loves BeOS and there
is some sentimental value with the name.  As you can see, all tough
decisions and we're only breaking the surface of the elimination process at
the moment.  Once the names have been narrowed down though, there will be a
voting page up on the website with between 20 and at most 50 names on it.
Thanks for the inquiry...


> Soo i've been browsing around the various OBOS/beunited sites trying to
> get my head around what all has happened since the "focus shift" in the
> land of BeOS and its alternatives - things are looking interesting :)
> One thing that i have noticed is that the name Open BeOS has been stated
> as being only a temporary name - is there currently a page of name
> suggestions and/or a voting mechanism for trying to come up with one ??
>  if so, can someone point me to it.  It seems to me that everyone knows
> the name needs to change, but nothing has happened on that front.
>  Unfortunately the longer that it is left unchanged, the harder it will
> become to change it as documentations/newsletters/graphics etc are
> continually accruing with the OBOS name.
> In the meantime, may i humbly put forth a suggestion of LuminOS,
> pronounced and derived from luminous which is defined as:
> http://www.dictionary.com/search?q=luminous
> 1. Shining; emitting or reflecting light; brilliant; bright; as, the is
> a luminous body; a luminous color.
> 2. Illuminated; full of light; bright; as, many candles made the room
> luminous.
> or the one that i think is more applicable to the OS:
> 3: Enlightened; intelligent; also, clear; intelligible; as, a luminous
> mind. `` Luminous eloquence.'' --Macaulay. `` A luminous statement.''
> --Brougham.
> Also a self-luminous object is a luminary which by the definition at
> http://www.thesaurus.com/roget/III/423.html offers up many cool themes
> that designers can work with for logos/themes.  It also lends itself
> well to all those editors/reviewers out there to play on the name for
> the headlines/titles of articles - "We have seen the light - LuminOS"
> etc etc cliched it may be at times, but catchy and memorable.
>  luminos.org is available as well  (.net and .com are umm.. well..
> different :P).
> Comments ??
> One thing i do want to ask though - has anyone actually tried asking Be
> (whats left of it) whether they would grant permission to the name BeOS
> being reused ??  i noticed that be.com is for sale (or was) and the only
> thing that remains right now is a shell company for administrative
> purposes - not exactly a company that is going to start wasting money on
> a litigation, nor would it seemingly have any interest in trying to
> protect a brandname or trademark.
> Regards,
> Nick

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