[SciPy-user] Renaming scipy_core: here we go again

lanceboyle@qwest.net lanceboyle at qwest.net
Tue Jan 3 23:29:49 CST 2006


On Jan 3, 2006, at 6:08 PM, Travis Oliphant wrote:

>
> Please give feedback on the following names:
>
> 1. psipi
> 2. scicore
> 3. muscle
> 4. numstar
>
> We have to move from numerix due to trademark concerns (I don't  
> want to
> have any that I can obviously avoid).
>
> -Travis
>
All of these names are obscure. _Must_ that be the way of open source  
projects? Would you give any of these names to a product that you  
wished to sell and thus wished to be descriptive?

First, consider that non-scientists might be interested in the  
software; for example, an engineer might find it useful. Second,  
consider your audience. To whom outside this group does  
"scicore" (SKI-cor) mean diddly? You are suffering from the "Airport  
Sign Syndrome" wherein the people who make signs for airports already  
know where to go; it's the folks from out of town who get into fender  
benders trying to decipher bad signs.

Jerry



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