View Full Version : The Open Source Project Name Suggestion List!

January 18th, 2008, 02:52 AM
I love the Open Source / Free Software community. It's full of great ideas, innovative designs, and probably the most helpful group of people I've ever met.
However, there's a gripe I've got about both GNOME and KDE apps. The problem is getting better, but it needs the help of a community:
Names. There are dozens of projects out there with GNU(partofwordhere), K(Somethingorother), g(application), GNOME (Program), it goes on.
While this is certainly not a judgement against ANY FOSS developers, it's...boring. As a day-to-day user, I've kind of noticed that it's kind of hard to appreciate a program sometimes when it has a supergeneric name. So, I figure, why not post suggestions for names for future projects? There's TONS of people out there with great names, but no time to develop an app, and vice versa.
I'll start, here's some of my suggestions:

-Propensity (A word here meaning "It is what it is."): Could be some sort of file identification system or something.
-Seeker: A name for a web browser.
-Sprechen ("Speak" in German): Could be a name for an IM client.
-Dispatch: Could be a name for an Outlook alternative.
-Venice: Some sort of art program.
-Pence: A money tracking program of some sort.
-Bloodline: A family history charting app.
-Branch: Another family history charting app name.
-Revolver: Some kind of media player(?)
-Quill: Either a note-taking program, or a Word Processor.
-Ovation: Presentation app.
-Excess: File resource manager.
-Cochlea: Sound management app.
-Pupil: Teacher/student app.
-Cortex: Educational Suite.
-WindWalker: A site creation app.
-Infinity: A memory storage system?

Those are a few ideas. Go ahead, suggest some! Maybe a developer will happen across these and see one he likes!

January 18th, 2008, 04:28 PM

January 18th, 2008, 05:14 PM
I too enjoy colorful names for my applications. Some examples that spring to mind are Songbird, Firefox, and Pidgin. However, what you must remember is that by naming applications like that, you're losing some user-friendliness. Imagine looking through a menu for the first time, looking for the calculator:

- Propensity
- Sprechen
- Cochlea
- Cortex
- Dispatch


January 18th, 2008, 05:43 PM
Well, they could always have (Name)(Function) on it, like Firefox Web Browser.
Just a thought.

January 18th, 2008, 11:01 PM
Maybe something more... heavy metal!

Can you imagine the DarkOffice word processer! Or perhaps ShriekIM, the instant messenger? Or maybe Dissected Heart System Monitor?

Sorry, that was obviously all in joking.

Although, I have come across "SlickEdit", (http://www.slickedit.com/) and I thought it would be cool if it had an open source counterpart named "SickEdit".

Animal names and references seem to be popular.

January 18th, 2008, 11:58 PM
Venice and Ovation, they sound nice. Actually 'Venice' always sounds nice :) Revolver for video player? I guess you watch to many action movies :P Here's a name I thought of lately: Linusa. Though I still don't know what it could be used for.

January 20th, 2008, 01:08 AM
Linusa sounds almost like some sort of cultured, educated thing, sort of like "Britannica'

And I would definately use "DarkOffice"

January 20th, 2008, 01:14 AM
This brings to mind Monty Python's The Meaning of Liff.


January 20th, 2008, 02:59 AM
And I would definately use "DarkOffice"

Who wouldn't?

January 20th, 2008, 03:28 AM
i've always dreamed of naming a bittorrent client "jook" maybe with 0's in places of o's