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From Richard Monson-Haefel <>
Subject Re: The official name is Apache Geronimo.
Date Fri, 15 Aug 2003 04:48:11 GMT
Please add this to the wiki, maybe under "Why Geronimo?". Its excellent!

On 8/14/03 6:19 PM, "n. alex rupp" <> wrote:

> My word is by no means official around here, but the name is and should
> remain Apache Geronimo.  I'll tell you five good reasons why.
> 1.  It's got amazing traction in the press. Brand recognition is an
> IMMENSELY important advantage in this market.  If you can get 100,000 people
> to whisper your name that's a big deal.  When people remember it, that's
> even bigger.  I spent years in the media industry and I can tell you what's
> happened in the first two weeks of Geronimo is very special.  Throwing that
> traction away would be stupid.
> 2.  This project and this server will be a place of public accomodation used
> by people from all around the world.  Everyone from members of powerful
> corporations and governments to tiny villages in Honduras will be able to
> use it to build web applications for FREE.  Naming it in honor of Geronimo
> is the equivalent of naming an international airport after John F. Kennedy,
> Ronald Reagan or Cesar Vallejo.  It is a mark of our highest respect.
> 3.  I don't associate his name with jumping out of an airplane or suicide.
> Anyone who does might consider spending less time in front of the television
> and take up gardening, yoga or base jumping.
> 4.  Pointy-haired bosses who don't see the business sense in Open Source are
> most likely not the future business leaders of the software industry, and
> we're not sycophantic toadies who live to serve them.  If they're concerned
> about the name of their software because of it rings of a bad war movie or
> because it might impact on the appearance of their business, we probably
> can't help them anyway.  If they're looking for the Vole, they know where to
> find it.
> 5.  The name is reported to have been democratically chosen by a majority of
> the initial project members after 2 weeks of discussion.
> Those are all the reasons I need.
> So please, take all of your names and save them.  Most of them are
> fantastic.  There will be other projects for them and if not, you can always
> adopt.  I'm not a committing member of this project and I can't speak
> officially but I know a good thing when I see one, so I give Geronimo a big
> warm fat +1.
> --
> N. Alex Rupp (

Richard Monson-Haefel
Co-Founder\Developer, Apache Geronimo
Author of:
  J2EE Web Services (AW 2003)
  Enterprise JavaBeans, 4ed (O'Reilly 2004)
  Java Message Service (O'Reilly 2000)

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