Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Nov 2009 00:05 UTC, submitted by elsewhere
KDE We all know what KDE stands for, right? Unless you're new here, you'll know that it stands for the K Desktop Environment. While this certainly covers a large chunk of what KDE stands for, it has increasingly lost its meaning over the past few years. Consequently, the KDE team has decided to 'reposition' the KDE brand.
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RE[3]: Ugh
by da_Chicken on Fri 27th Nov 2009 23:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Ugh"
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I think the word "gnome" is much easier to pronounce than the word "kde". The word "kdesc" is even more awkward to pronounce. Moreover, words "kde" or "kdesc" don't make any sense to the uninitiated, while the word "gnome" (as strange as it may sound at first when connected to a desktop environment) still is a normal word.

In some other threads I've tried to persuade people to believe that XFCE is a bad choice for the name of a desktop environment. I honestly believe that renaming XFCE to MOUSE (since they already use an image of a mouse in their logo) would be a very good idea. And mouse is a small animal, so it kind of fits to the idea of a desktop environment that tries to keep things small.

But back to KDE. I realize that my criticism could be viewed as unconstructive, because I failed to suggest a better term for replacing KDE. To make my critique a bit more constructive, I suggest that the project should replace the name KDE with a name like GEAR. They already use the image of a gear in their logo, and I understand that a part of their distribution is released under the name "extragear". So it really wouldn't be such a big change.

GEAR is a name that one can easily pronounce. Of course, then they would have to get rid of the habit to call all their software with names than begin with the letter K. But I would be happy even if they changed their name to KEAR. Kear would make no sense, but at least one could pronounce it just as easily as GEAR (or GNOME). But I'd really prefer if the KDE people changed the name of their project to GEAR.

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