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Ganymede's In the Name Market

Aug 03, 2001, 02:15 (31 Talkback[s])

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Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2001 17:25:39 -0500 (CDT)
From: Jonathan Abbey 
Subject: [Ganymede Announce] Looking for ideas for new name for 'Ganymede'

Hi, everybody.  We have received a demand letter from NetIQ, who
purchased Mission Critical, who has previously purchased Ganymede
Software.  They feel that the use of 'Ganymede' for, well, Ganymede,
is infringing on their trademark.

I feel that our Ganymede is probably now much better known than their
twice-swallowed software company's name, but I don't imagine we are
interested in buying out the rights to the name from them, and trying
to litigate the case just seems unfriendly, somehow.

So I'm soliciting suggestions for a new name for Ganymede.

I've thought of a few, off the top of my head: GING, for Ganymede Is
Not Ganymede, or GISG, for Ganymede Is Still Ganymede.  Neither of
which is terribly attractive as a name, but www.GING.com, at least,
doesn't appear to be associated with a tech company.  Not that I'd
recommend anyone go to that address, unless you like
JavaScript-abusing porn sites.

I have also considered something like GNMDE, which is the acronym I've
glossed for Ganymede, minus the CHiPs style extra characters, and
which might be similar enough to have some name recognition.

In other words, I'm not that great at picking names.

So, here's *your* chance to pick a name for a major open source piece
of network administration software.  I'm looking for 4-5 suggestions
that we can run by the University of Texas' legal offices to verify
that the name is available for trademarking so that we don't have to
deal with this issue with the new name.

If you come up with the winning name, you'll be given credit for
coming up with the new name in the ExGanymede documentation.  We do
hope to get trademark protection for the new name, on behalf of the
University, though, so if you have a name that you are *too* attached
to, you should probably keep it to yourself.

Thanks!

 Jon

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Jonathan Abbey                                        jonabbey@arlut.utexas.edu
Applied Research Laboratories                 The University of Texas at Austin
Ganymede, a GPL'ed metadirectory for UNIX     http://www.arlut.utexas.edu/gash2

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