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[-] FlatFootFox 310 points 3 months ago

The two hardest problems in computer science are cache invalidation, naming things, and off by one errors.

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[-] [email protected] 221 points 3 months ago

TIL Wayland is named after a town

[-] [email protected] 109 points 3 months ago

so is dracut and weston.

i think that naming software after towns in Massachusetts is somekind of red hat in-joke.

[-] cogman 117 points 3 months ago

It's even neater. The name of towns/cites cannot be trademarked. The safest thing you can do when naming a project is naming it after a town so you don't run into legal troubles in the future.

[-] [email protected] 32 points 3 months ago
[-] cogman 27 points 3 months ago

You can eventually trademark once you get big enough. As with all things law it's a bit tricky. However, the default is that geographic locations aren't trademarkable.

For further reading on when you can trademark.

https://www.yospinlaw.com/2016/06/15/trademark-on-a-geographical-location

[-] [email protected] 17 points 3 months ago

Who's going to take this as legal advice and name a project Apple?

https://maps.app.goo.gl/15sDygDQWBd8J9kUA

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[-] [email protected] 16 points 3 months ago

Openstack releases are named after the nearest town to conference that matches the next series in the alphabet.

[-] littlebluespark 36 points 3 months ago

I always thought it was the corp from the Alien series. 🤓

[-] [email protected] 26 points 3 months ago

That's Weyland-Yutani

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[-] callmepk 16 points 3 months ago
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[-] [email protected] 99 points 3 months ago

And before Pidgin was named Pidgin, it was named GAIM, which was short for GTK AIM, which was short for GIMP toolkit AOL IM, which was short for GNU Image Manipulation Program toolkit America Online Instant Messenger, which was short for GNU's Not Unix Image Manipulation Program toolkit America Online Instant Messenger and it never ends.

[-] [email protected] 27 points 3 months ago

Which bible passage is that again?

[-] pete_the_cat 23 points 3 months ago
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[-] waigl 91 points 3 months ago

Also, almost all of that is written in C, which is a successor to B, which is a simplified version of the Basic Combined Programming Language. There was never an A.

[-] Agent641 13 points 3 months ago
[-] [email protected] 26 points 3 months ago

Yes, but I'm not sure if we want to open the "programming language can of worms".

There's B, C, C++, C#, Objective-C, D, E, F, F#, F* and so many more. Also, they may or may not have anything to do with each other

[-] [email protected] 12 points 3 months ago

But of course Java and Javascript are related /s

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[-] [email protected] 77 points 3 months ago

disappointed cricket fan meme with CDE logo

(before it was Kool, KDE was a reference to CDE, the Common Desktop Environment)

[-] [email protected] 27 points 3 months ago

The logo looks like an ASCII butt.

[-] [email protected] 19 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

If your butt looks like that, please see a doctor.

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[-] [email protected] 14 points 3 months ago

Common is a pretty basic name, Kool is way cooler.

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[-] [email protected] 75 points 3 months ago

im almost sad that its linux that became the dominating open source kernel instead of "GNU's Not Unix! Hird of Unix-Replacing Daemons"
(hird stands for "Hurd of Interfaces Representing Depth")

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[-] [email protected] 75 points 3 months ago

GNU is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX is not UNIX[Maximum call stack size exceeded]

[-] Klear 21 points 3 months ago

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[-] [email protected] 67 points 3 months ago

Not gonna lie, took me a moment of thinking and waiting for a search engine to load before I realized Kool Desktop Environment is just KDE...

[-] smackjack 13 points 3 months ago

I always thought the K in KDE just stood for KDE.

[-] VicentAdultman 22 points 3 months ago

KDE stands for KDE is not a Desktop Environment.

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[-] [email protected] 59 points 3 months ago

On second thought, let's not move to Linux.

[-] [email protected] 51 points 3 months ago

Yes, tis a silly place.

[-] nephelekonstantatou 58 points 3 months ago

Never let programmers name things 😁

[-] [email protected] 35 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

Web browsers: elinks, based on links, which I'm pretty sure was a play on words on lynx, which is a play on words on "links" on a web page.

Then there's email. There's mahogany and balsa and mulberry, which are in-jokes referring to pine, which was a joke referring to elm, which stood for ELectronic Mail. Pine has been forked to alpine, in an entirely different play on words.

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[-] psycho_driver 48 points 3 months ago

This sounds like it was written for a medical research journal.

[-] [email protected] 37 points 3 months ago

Linux lore is my favourite

[-] [email protected] 27 points 3 months ago

I have a slightly higher appreciation for recursive acronyms now.

[-] okamiueru 24 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

With just little bit of formatting, it would communicate the information infinitely better. Why don't people make the minimal effort, once, when not doing leads to each and everyone having to figure out what the fuck it's actually trying to say.

Apologies. I'm grumpy after a three hour meeting.

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[-] [email protected] 23 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago)

Let's not forget about Ian and his wife, Debbie.

Edit: Now ex-wife, apparently.

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[-] [email protected] 19 points 3 months ago

I can't wait to hear about the GNU Is Not UNIX Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of Hurd of Hird of

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[-] [email protected] 19 points 3 months ago

"GNU is Not Unix Image Manipulation Program Tool Kit" is still a better name for GTK than "GIMP ToolKit".

It's a name that will definitely raise some eyebrows in the less technically inclined circles. (and maybe a few "Pulp Fiction" references about "bring out the gimp")

[-] [email protected] 14 points 3 months ago

All these years I thought GTK stands for Gnome Tool Kit...

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[-] [email protected] 11 points 3 months ago

Don’t worry, it won’t be long before you find this sort of programmer humour more tiresome than charming.

[-] [email protected] 15 points 3 months ago

Not everyone becomes a joyless spoilsport.

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[-] [email protected] 11 points 3 months ago

I like GNU is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix is Not Unix Network Object Model Environment

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