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Old 11-15-2013, 04:08 PM   #1
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Do people like the names given to versions? Like Saucy Salamander.


I personally get confused by them. I haven't settled on a distribution yet and playing around i find it easier to remember version numbers than names like Oneric etc. I really like the Ubuntu line of version numbering with year/month - i find that quite elegant and actually informative. When i look in my ISPs local mirror - it doesn't give the version number (12.04) it gives the long names. Difficult for me to remember because i'm not too bright.

Apart from wondering if these names are generally liked, can someone explain why there usually is two with some distros? Mint makes it easier with simple names like Olivia. What's the history there?

Is it just a geek thing?

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Old 11-15-2013, 04:11 PM   #2
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https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DevelopmentCodeNames
 
Old 11-15-2013, 04:16 PM   #3
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Thanks - i was actually going to mention often "humans tend to prefer names rather than numbers". That might hold true for Olivia - a name. But maybe not so much for Quantal Quetzal! what do you reckon? Plus, the name in itself isn't important, how recent it is, or whether it is LTS is important. 12.10 gives me the date, Quantal Quetzal does not and so i have to remember that the name = 12.10.

If they used the names of supermodels, or cars.. maybe that'd be easier

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Old 11-15-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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I'm not a big fan, version numbers are much easier to remember for me.
 
Old 11-15-2013, 04:59 PM   #5
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Many companies use code names for projects. I think it carries over to distro's.
 
Old 11-15-2013, 07:44 PM   #6
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Version numbers work fine for me.

Names are okay, but I get annoyed when they go all cutesy-poo.
 
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Many companies use code names for projects. I think it carries over to distro's.
Sure, each product/project often has a name, but Ford doesn't rename the Focus every year when they update the interior or redesign the body, it just gets updated with the current model year (version number). Could you imagine how confusing it would be if car companies didn't use model years, and instead every year every car company gave each of their cars a new name? Ford Focus Extravaganzor, Ford Focus Excelsior, Ford Focus Hippopotamus...just give me a version number and keep the names out of it, lol.
 
Old 11-15-2013, 07:59 PM   #8
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Sure, each product/project often has a name, but Ford doesn't rename the Focus every year when they update the interior or redesign the body, it just gets updated with the current model year (version number). Could you imagine how confusing it would be if car companies didn't use model years, and instead every year every car company gave each of their cars a new name? Ford Focus Extravaganzor, Ford Focus Excelsior, Ford Focus Hippopotamus...just give me a version number and keep the names out of it, lol.
I agree - just a release number (Which might include characters, like LTS, etc.).

"Cutesy-poo", an apt observation. I guess the marketing people think it builds brand recognition, but it is just another obfuscation.

Slackware 14.1, Slackware 12.2, Slackware 10.1... now THERE is a rock solid naming convention - even with the gap!

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Old 11-15-2013, 08:08 PM   #9
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Unless you really follow a release cycle of a distro, you wouldn't know straight away which animal was first the Naughty Narwhal of Kinky Koala. For that reason, referring to versions using numbers is a much more pragmatic solution.
 
Old 11-15-2013, 08:17 PM   #10
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I really love code names!
 
Old 11-15-2013, 08:48 PM   #11
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Different peoples minds are wired for names or numbers.


Ford does use code names for projects before they are released to the public. IBM has names for their upcoming super computers. Every tech company uses code names for upcoming projects. That is what we are really referring to when we test out beta software, not the real version, just the work leading up to the release. That pre-release work is the code name. Sort of a tech humor when we keep the names after the release. It is true that some of the LQ members may have had a part in some of the work and they share in the rewards of knowing there work on (named project) turns into (some version).
 
Old 11-16-2013, 11:19 AM   #12
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Ubuntu's code names follow a more logical path than most: they are alphabetical. Much as I love Debian's methods, using character names from Toy Story does mean that you have to think more about which comes first.
 
Old 11-16-2013, 11:31 AM   #13
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But also Ubuntu uses names of endangered animals. Like animals on the list of extinction threats.
 
Old 11-16-2013, 12:41 PM   #14
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Slackware 14.1, Slackware 12.2, Slackware 10.1... now THERE is a rock solid naming convention - even with the gap!
Even Pat can be tempted: remember Slackware 13.37!
 
Old 11-16-2013, 11:45 PM   #15
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