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Seemed kind of pointless imo, so I’m not sad about the loss. As others have said, besides the name and some art it’s the same project.

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It was such a weird choice to make a complete fork. Why not do something like ungoogled-chromium and maintain scripts to easily replace the problematic name and art?

I remember when Glimpse was announced I thought it was a bad idea, and my sentiment never changed.

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I completely agree. It’s like using a sledgehammer to buff out a dent.

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Gee, it’s a almost like forking well-supported and actively developed projects without having any vision other than “What those guys do, but with a different name” is a bad idea.

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Do you have some examples? I don’t really recognize these things as english isn’t my native language. I was blissfully unaware that GIMP could mean anything else than GNU Image Manipulant until I read the article I linked some time ago.

Edit: I had a look on my system and found lots of cats, connman and “less is more”. Not really funny but also not that bad.

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people insisting on advertising Linux as ‘GNU + Linux’

This is a misconception. No one wants to refer to Linux as “GNU + Linux.” We who speak of “GNU + Linux” just want people to distinguish between the Linux part (the kernel) and the stuff that isn’t Linux (which is GNU and various other things as well).

It’s also not as simple as “a good name.” There is significant effort in branding and marketing. “Linux” for example is just its creator’s name with an x, it doesn’t tell you any more than “GNU” does (arguably less, since GNU at least tells you what it’s not). Linux is heavily marketed by commercial interests and promoted by a community.

(I think your point more or less still stands though. Naming is hard)

edit: I don’t speak for literally everyone

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I think at least since XNA most have realized that recursive acronyms aren’t especially clever or funny. So do you think bad names come from a developer / user disconnection? If so do you have any ideas on how to think of better names?

I can really just think of what makes a bad name:

  • abbreviations that feel arbitrary (e.g. chgpasswd vs chgpass vs chgrppass etc.)
  • no direct connection to the actual task of a program (e.g. skype, outlook etc.)
  • There are multiple programs with very similiar name (e.g. fictional tabcalc vs TableCalc vs tabcalc.io)
  • They have inconsistent naming (e.g. Disks / gnome-disk-utility / Palimpsest)
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