Linked by vermaden on Wed 21st May 2008 19:28 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces How would I describe today's GUIs? A mess. -- A mess that grew as new features were needed, with lack of proper design, with a desire to keep backward compatibility, and with tools from the past trying to achieve future needs. I propose a new design philosophy for GUIs. We'll call it Vermaden's GUI. Note: This is the latest entry in our 2008 article contest.
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RE: Vermaden's GUI
by kolmyo on Thu 22nd May 2008 07:06 UTC in reply to "Vermaden's GUI"
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Actually, Linus Torvalds originally called his new kernel Freax, but his ftp administrator friend named the kernel directory "linux" on the server. From Wikipedia:

"Linus Torvalds had wanted to call his invention Freax, a portmanteau of "freak," "free," and "x," an allusion to Unix. During the start of his work on the system, he stored the files under the name "Freax" for about a half year. Torvalds had already considered the name "Linux," but initially dismissed it as too egotistical.

In order to facilitate development, the files were uploaded to the ftp server ( of the Helsinki University of Technology (HUT) in September 1991. Ari Lemmke, Torvald's coworker at the HUT who was responsible for the servers at the time, did not feel Freax was a good name. Consequently, he dubbed the project "Linux" without consulting Torvalds."

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