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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Frank J. Ohlhorst of CRN recently published “Advice To Linux: Kill The Penguin,” which may seem in line with my recent comments about product and project naming.
Ohlhorst is missing something hugely important, but he does raise a solid point or two. Let me give him credit first, then see whether I can defend the use of our beloved Tux.
Ohlhorst’s point about the name YaST is fair. I would say that the name “YaST” is a good project name, and a bad end-user interface name. Even if we’re talking about administrators when we say “end user.”
This concession may worry some of my SUSE colleagues, and since I will be seeing many of them next week, allow me to start disclaiming.
I am not advocating that we immediately change YaST’s name. In fact, does it make sense to change a name that is already very well established in your user base? If a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, then perhaps not.