I have to go with something Noel mentioned when we first started
discussing the name. He said (paraphrase) that it is much easier to
settle on a name before setting up all the resources (maillists,
jira, etc.) Therefore, I think that we should address the concerns
now before the infrastructure for the project is set up.
I have no problem with 2A but I do fear that Google may not give the
statement. I have a sneaking suspicion that companies only decide
that a name is "too close" when the new product starts getting big
enough to encroach on "their turf". It may be easier to just avoid
the question altogether.
There is also option 3, which I think would also be in the Apache
way. That would be, call a vote on it and see who thinks the name is
too close. But, that could just drag things out.
All that being said, I like either Snapshot or Shutter. However,
Shutter is taken. SnapShot is also taken. I did appreciate
the alliterations on general@ with that one, btw. Neither of these
pieces of software is close to what we are doing so does that matter?
For what it is worth, Shoebox is the name of a software company.
Can we do a play on the Louvre? Can we steal Click from that project?
I'm liking Lewva and Blur myself. I do also like SchuhKarton, the
only drawback being the length.
>On Wed, Aug 6, 2008 at 7:46 AM, Roland Weber <ossfwot@...> wrote:
> > Hi Angie,
> > Should this go to legal discuss to see what the lawyers say?
> > The lawyers rarely post on legal-discuss. The list is
> > mostly populated by regular non-lawyer people with an
> > interest in the legal minefield, like myself. It's not
> > a place to discuss (non)similarity of names, and I'm
> > pretty sure that no lawyer would enter the discussion.
> > It seems there are a few who are unsure about the name but others who
> >> don't see a similarity. Plus, as Craig mentioned, Pica is a very normal
> >> word to use in the line of photo galleries.
> > Well, the options I see are:
> > A. enter incubation as PicaGalley and...
> > A1. try to keep the name and hope that nobody objects
> > on graduation
> > A2. seek a statement from Google that they don't
> > object to our usage of the name
> > A3. change the name later before graduation
> > or
> > B. settle on a new name that doesn't raise any concerns
> > If you're _really_ attached to PicaGalley, you could
> > go for A2. But I doubt that you'll get that kind of
> > statement from Google. A1 is a poor strategy, and
> > graduation might even be delayed not because of the
> > name, but because we didn't address the concerns, at
> > the time when they were raised, in "The Apache Way".
> > That is by seeking the broadest possible consensus.
> > It's not like we have an existing OSS project with
> > many users that would have to learn a new name.
> > We're starting from scratch, and the preliminary
> > name has only been used for three weeks internally.
> > (as "internal" as discussions on public mailing
> > lists can be :-) So my recommendation clearly is B.
> > Additional suggestions on general@ by Martijn were
> > "Snapshot" and "Shutter". Unfortunately, I don't
> > know a catchy translation for the german word
> > "Schuhkarton" (shoe box), which in reality is a
> > much more common place than an album for keeping
> > physical photographies :-)
>Shoebox would be a fine name. :-)
> > cheers,
> > Roland
> > Pigalle
> >>>> Phos Librarius
> >>>> LibraLux
> >>>> PhosBiblioteka
> >>>> BiblioPic
> >>>> PicAndMix
> >>>> PhoGal
> >>>> PhoGa
> >>>> Foga
> >>>> SnapLib
> >>>> SnapStore
> >>>> PicStore
> >>>> SnapShow
> >>>> PicShow
> >>>> PicLib
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