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What's in a Name? In the Linux World, Much Silliness

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, as Shakespeare's Juliet so famously said, but what if its name were Pink Farting Weasel?

It may be a little-known fact, but that was actually the moniker given to versions 2.6.23-rc4 through 2.6.23-rc6 of the Linux kernel, which is perhaps just as notable for its zany naming conventions as it is for its powerful software.

The Linux world as a whole tends toward the silly or at least light-hearted when it comes to naming versions and releases, in fact. Ready for a break from the serious? Here's a quick tour of some of the more entertaining examples.

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