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    Hello people. I’m very new to Ubuntu & Linux as a whole, but so far, I’m absolutely in love with the Ubuntu O/S. I really expected the whole process of installation & operation to me more difficult than it has been. That being said, am I alone in just completely disliking the name “Ubuntu?” I understand the whole point of it having an “African” name, but it just sounds like some kind of expensive French pastry dish. Being brand new to the O/S, my opinion is probably not the most valid, but I was just curious if anyone else felt the same way…

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    Re: The name Ubuntu? (outsider perspective)

    There have been threads on this before and some people like it, some don't. That pretty much goes for anything really though doesn't it? That's what it's called, and it isn't going to change. I happen to really like the name and find it much more interesting than say 'Windows' or 'PCLinuxOS', plus it sums up the ideals very nicely. My suggestion is to let your good experience with it be more important than what it's called.

    Also as a side note, the fact that you're new to the OS doesn't somehow mean you have a less valid opinion.
    Last edited by Ozor Mox; September 24th, 2008 at 06:54 PM. Reason: Rubbish grammar.

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    Some people here don't like it, but I think that the majority do.
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    Re: The name Ubuntu? (outsider perspective)

    Quote Originally Posted by woktrr View Post
    Hello people. I’m very new to Ubuntu & Linux as a whole, but so far, I’m absolutely in love with the Ubuntu O/S. I really expected the whole process of installation & operation to me more difficult than it has been. That being said, am I alone in just completely disliking the name “Ubuntu?” I understand the whole point of it having an “African” name, but it just sounds like some kind of expensive French pastry dish. Being brand new to the O/S, my opinion is probably not the most valid, but I was just curious if anyone else felt the same way…
    I totally agree with it being an ugly name.

    I don't know why anyone would think of it as having a French ring to it. It doesn't sound French at all.

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    Re: The name Ubuntu? (outsider perspective)

    Quote Originally Posted by woktrr View Post
    am I alone in just completely disliking the name “Ubuntu?”
    Nope, it's a terrible name. Although it's a lot more fun to say if you use a deep booming voice. It's a bit like the way the login sound is a lot less naff if you actually do "air cymbals" to the crescendo.

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    Re: The name Ubuntu? (outsider perspective)

    Quote Originally Posted by Paqman View Post
    Nope, it's a terrible name. Although it's a lot more fun to say if you use a deep booming voice. It's a bit like the way the login sound is a lot less naff if you actually do "air cymbals" to the crescendo.
    Hahaha wow, I'm not the only one who does that?!!

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    Re: The name Ubuntu? (outsider perspective)

    Quote Originally Posted by billgoldberg View Post
    I don't know why anyone would think of it as having a French ring to it. It doesn't sound French at all.
    I take that back. It sounds like something Sarah Palin should name one of her kids...
    Last edited by woktrr; September 24th, 2008 at 07:15 PM.

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    Re: The name Ubuntu? (outsider perspective)

    Here is an explanation of the word Ubuntu, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(philosophy). Also Nelson Mandela explains it on a video included on the Ubuntu LiveCD (look in the Examples folder).

    I think Ubuntu is the perfect word describe the philosophy behind Ubuntu Linux and the community that has grown around it.
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    Really ubuntu to me is a better name then "windows" or "Mac OSX"
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    Re: The name Ubuntu? (outsider perspective)

    I love the name, although I usually pronounce it "a bun two".

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