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From Ted Dunning <ted.dunn...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Apache Linda
Date Sat, 17 Nov 2012 22:49:17 GMT
Frankly, the phrase "linked data" is also so generic as to be essentially
meaningless outside your community.  There are many, many uses of this
phrase in computer science that mean something completely different from
what you guys seem to mean.

It took me quite a bit of reading to figure out what you were talking
about.  At the very least, you need to look at your supporting materials
with a naive eye so that you can avoid the confusion that your name and
terminology are likely to cause.

Having a project name that memorializes a phrase that nobody is likely to
understand without (lots of) supporting material and which is used by other
projects in roughly the same domain is problematic.

My feeling is that I would be -0 on the name meaning that I think that it
isn't good, but I wouldn't stand in the way by vetoing it.  You guys seem
pretty attached to your terminology regardless of the merits and it doesn't
seem a big enough issue to be worth causing friction over it.

You should be aware, however, that with these defects, it seems very
unlikely to me that Apache would be able to help with trademark and name
conflict issues.  That may not seem like a big deal now, but if your
project really does get going and then somebody tries to take over your
community with a nearly identically named product, it will definitely feel
like a big deal.  Take a look at what happens with Open Office all the time.

On Sat, Nov 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM, Sebastian Schaffert <
sebastian.schaffert@salzburgresearch.at> wrote:

> I agree that "Linda" is a very generic name and as such there are already
> several projects out there with this name. On the other hand, we chose
> "Linda" as an acronym for "Linked Data" in order to increase
> recognizability especially in the domain we are targeting. For our
> community, we think it would be quite easy to identify "Apache Linda" with
> the Linked Data Platform and not with a blackboard system or a methodology
> for parallel execution. A more artificial name would probably have a harder
> time establishing a brand (but of course the project is good enough to
> manage ;-) ).
>
> In case the Incubator PMC still recommends to rename the project, I agree
> we should do it BEFORE starting up the project. We will discuss options for
> renaming on Monday (European Time) and come up with suggestions.
>

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