Unsexy name for remote file systems

Lionel Le Folgoc mrpouit at ubuntu.com
Thu Apr 22 19:42:39 UTC 2010

Hi (it seems that mails usually start with such a word…),

On Sat, Apr 17, 2010 at 07:55:38PM -0700, Jeff wrote:
> In the Lucid Lynx Beta2 release notes, it states that Remote Filesystems is now going to be called Gigolo. Could developers please rename "Gigolo" to "Remote File Systems" again, because I'm getting sick of open source projects with weird sexual names. We already have an application called "GIMP" so why make it any worse? Surely there is a dev who has English as a first language, who can spot these things!
> Evidence of seedyness in the name:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Male_prostitution
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deuce_Bigalow:_Male_Gigolo
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bondage_suit

To put it in a nutshell:

  * "Remote Filesystems" was an Ubuntu-specific change, and was breaking
    translations. I live in a country where people aren't very good at
    foreign languages, so "Remote Filesystems" is just completely
    obscure for them (even worse than Gigolo once you understand the
    reason it was named like that)…

  * As it's the application official name, there is a higher probability
    to find useful help/hints when searching for "gigolo xfce" on the

  * I tried to convince the upstream developer to improve the desktop
    file, at least by appending "Remote Filesystems" to "Gigolo", and he
    refused. So if you have some time to rant about that, maybe you
    should also try to convince him (<http://bugzilla.xfce.org/>).


Lionel Le Folgoc - https://launchpad.net/~mrpouit
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