GNU and names

Zeth once said that GNU was “a good joke in 1984 but a crap name.” I agree, it’s not the most inspired of names – but nevertheless it seems to have stuck.

Still, this time I think whoever picks names for projects has outdone themselves. I found out (from Stephen Fry’s Blog) about “gNewSense“. I believe this is supposed to be pronounced, ‘New Sense’. Great – that sounds absolutely nothing like nuisance, does it?!!!

Also I don’t think I’ll be downloading gNuiSance, sorry, gNewSense any time soon. Creating an operating system which is completely ‘free’ is a laudable aim – whether it be as usable as the current Ubuntu distribution (which it is based on) is another matter. We will see!


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