MOTU Meeting reminder

Stephan Hermann sh at
Fri Apr 11 11:28:08 BST 2008


On Fri, 11 Apr 2008 11:31:22 +0200
Daniel Holbach <daniel.holbach at> wrote:

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> Scott Kitterman schrieb:
> > Use, nomenclature, and requirements for the Universe Hackers
> > (Ubuntu Contributing Developers) team
> > 
> > Please make the name something that I can sit in a business meeting
> > and say to someone, "Oh, well if you want to do that, you have to
> > join the ________ team and ...".
> I agree to the extent that it shouldn't be completely ridiculous, on
> the other hand, let's not loose our good humour in the free software
> world...
> We have countless examples of funny names that cause raise eyebrows
> among people not intimately familiar with the world we live in:
>  - libbonobo? libsexy? liboobs?
>  - GNOME, GNU?
>  - Ubuntu ("are you sure you didn't forget a 'U' in the spelling?")
>  - "Seed Management"? MoM and DaD?

> and last but not least
>  - MOTU ("Really? Masters of the Universe?")

MOTU is/was an insider joke when Ubuntu started, when you could count
the people working on Ubuntu directly at least on 2 to 3 hands.

But I can't see anything funny about "code-monkeys" or
"universe-hackers" gives a strange impression on serious
contributors, which are grown out of their 12-24 ages.

I actually can see some deeper english humor on gnome or gnu, but I
don't see any jokes inside "Ubuntu", and actually I never heard a
phrase like "didn't you forget an >>U<<".

Well, actually DaD was an answer to MoM, but I think many people don't
know what MoM is, and they weren't at UBZ when Scott actually joked
about his mom, when he discussed Merge-O-Matic, aka MoM, so again an

TBH, I refer to other people, when speaking about Ubuntu, development
and contributing, to our teams as "Ubuntu Developers" or "Ubuntu
Community Developers", just because it gives a more serious picture of we name it, when we speak internally on irc channels or
whatever, doesn't matter...but I think the representation to the outer
space is very important, and shouldn't be too childish.



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