An Early Look at Ubuntu Hoary
Posted Jan 27, 2005 10:34 UTC (Thu) by ekj
Parent article: An Early Look at Ubuntu Hoary
Why does every distribution need to develop its own "cute" terminology, whose main feature seem to be that it makes everything significantly harder to understand for people who aren't "insiders".
Try asking your mother (or father) what he would think was the most bleeding-edge version choosen from "stable", "unstable" and "testing". Everyone will get that "stable" is the most dependable version, but it's a toss-up between unstable and testing.
What's wrong with refering to unsupported or unofficial software as such rather than as "universe" ? (how many would understand the latter to mean the former without an explanation?)
What is more understandable and/or inituitive for a non-insider: that we need to "install" a program before we can use it, or that the program needs to be "emerged".
What exactly is the benefit of refering to something as "Array3" instead of just using the normal words that people will understand *without* an explanation ? (namely alpha, beta or stable)
Being different just for the sake of being different is not a good idea. It increases the learning-curve, makes aquired skills less transferable than they'd otherwise be and gains you nothing whatsoever other than a sense of being a "cool insider" that knows all the spesific terminology.
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