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From Otis Gospodnetic <>
Subject Re: New Name for UIMA Podling?
Date Thu, 26 Oct 2006 16:29:29 GMT

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From: Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.Coar@Golux.Com>

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Mads Toftum wrote:
> +1 - there seems to have started some sort of fascination with changing
> names where there is no need. In general I'm not really a fan of naming
> things so that it is impossible to guess what a project is (that's hard
> enough as it is already).

How would UIMA be pronounced in languages other than English?

OG: How is New York pronounced in languages other than English?  I think pronouncing UIMA
would follow the same pattern.
My question is: how do you pronounce UIMA in English?  I actually don't pronounce it the English
way, I pronounce it the Croatian/phonetic way - U ("u" as in [oo]ze) I ("i" as in [i]diot)
M ("m" as in [m]ama) A ("as" as in [a]nother).


Aside from that, I'm wary of tedious and uninspiring names,
like 'log4j'.  I'm also wary of retaining names for projects
that have had an existence prior to Apache.  One reason is
possible IP issues, and another is confusion.  If some commercial
concern has a product based on UIMA and they say so.. do they
mean Apache UIMA?  Pre-Apache UIMA?  If they adopt the Apache
package, do we need to worry about brand issues?  (Answer: yes.)

This is a new set of IP attributes for this item.  I seriously think
it needs a new name.. and not least because it's coming from
the company with probably the greatest investment in software IP
on the planet.  With all the (baseless) remarks about Apache
becoming a BigCo shill and clearinghouse, I see contraindications
for maintaining the BigCo name.

Just MHO.
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