Kubuntu future and the name itself

Nils Kassube kassube at gmx.net
Wed Apr 11 11:17:39 UTC 2012

O. Sinclair wrote:
> On 11/04/12 12:04, Nils Kassube wrote:
> > O. Sinclair wrote:
> >> I kind of support that - where as Ubuntu is a word in a language
> >> and has a meaning, Kubuntu (and Xubuntu, Lubuntu et al) does not
> >> in themselves mean anything.
> >>
> >>From<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kubuntu#Name>:
> > | "Kubuntu" means "towards humanity" in Bemba, and is derived from
> > | ubuntu ("humanity").
> Well you certainly got me on that one.. but let me quote Jonathan
> from his blog that got me started on this:
> "We must remain part of Ubuntu, they are a great community for
> distros and we couldn't survive without them. Kubuntu is often
> incorrectly called a "derivative" of Ubuntu but we are part of the
> Ubuntu family and we are one of their flavours which is just where
> we should be.
> New markets? Kubuntu Active is taking shape. I'd love to have TV
> friendly media centre support too for example.
> But do we need a new name? Kubuntu has never been a great name, it
> was actually a joke name made up by the original Ubuntu developers
> for the KDE side. I wonder if a new name would give us a new lease
> of life like Calligra has. Suggestions welcome :)"

I'm not so sure if the name is a problem. I think it is more a question 
of marketing. To paraphrase my first boss (actually he was qouting 
someone else): "You may want to give away a lump of gold but you will 
only find a taker if you advertise." Take Firefox as an example. They 
got their share of the browser market by an advert campaign and not 
because of a great name. Or take MS Word as a second example. It is a 
common name for a mediocre product but MS dominates the market due to 
agressive marketing.


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