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From Grant Ingersoll <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Etch
Date Fri, 08 Aug 2008 10:28:23 GMT

On Aug 8, 2008, at 4:28 AM, James Dixson (jadixson) wrote:

> Simple put: a name change is work. Before I can accept the need to do
> work, I want to clearly understand the benefits of doing it.
> Etch, while new to open-source, does have some awareness in a  
> technical
> community ( ). We have been  
> publicly
> pitching and distributing etch in our community for several months  
> now.
> People have been using the technology and for our current community  
> Etch
> != Debian. Granted, a couple of months is a short amount of time,  
> but it
> is something. Imposing a name change on our current community, with  
> the
> reasoning that the future community, would be unable to differentiate
> between "Apache Etch" and the etch release Debian, would be  
> disruptive.

I don't think the argument is necessarily that the future community  
can't distinguish between Apache Etch and Debian, I think the argument  
is that the future community won't be able to find it, period, which  
means the future community may well be smaller than it would be w/ a  
more distinctive name.

Put it this way, you search for Hadoop, the top 10 on Google is all  
Apache Hadoop.  You search for Etch and you will be lucky to crack the  
top 10, me thinks, but who knows maybe you'll get enough rank to  
displace the Etch-a-Sketch and it will be a non-issue.

Of course, the work thing I understand, too, although it seems like a  
global search and replace wouldn't be that bad.  You also certainly  
could change it over time, even after being accepted into incubation,  
I think, just as long as it's done before first release.

FWIW, I like the name Etch :-)


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