the naming of "Unicorn"

Eric Wong normalperson at yhbt.net
Fri Dec 10 20:29:16 EST 2010


In case more people are interested, I originally posted the following to
ruby-core: http://mid.gmane.org/20101210190448.GA6534@dcvr.yhbt.net

Eric Wong <normalperson at yhbt.net> wrote:
> zuerrong <zuerrong at gmail.com> wrote:
> > 2010/12/10 Tony Arcieri <tony.arcieri at medioh.com>:
> > > And Unicorns are fantastical mythical creatures!
> > >
> > yep that indicates it's not prepare for the actual use.
> 
> There's no shiny website, commercial support, or even a web-based
> bug tracker, so of course it's not ready for actual use! :>
> 
> 
> Anyways, in case somebody wanted to know how I named it:
> 
> I originally wanted to call it "Unicron", in honor of a track posted by
> a Kiwi[1] many years ago to a Usenet group we frequented:
> 
>    http://unicorn.bogomips.org/unicron.mp3
> 
> I swapped the "ro" for "or" because:
> a) it might be confused as a "cron"-workalike
> b) I could get sued by whoever owns the rights to the name (Hasbro?)
> 
> The "Uni" has two meanings:
> 1) it signifies "one", being single-threaded compared to its ancestor
> 2) it shares 3 characters with its intended platform: UNIX
> 
> 
> Of course, unicorns are awesome, too :)  It's also a constant
> reminder to never take things too seriously ;>
> 
> 
> [1] - It's been many years, but I could try getting in touch with him
>       if you guys like it :)
> -- 
> Eric Wong


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