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Re: wtf?

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2007-11-14 19:25:55 CET

Alexander Klenin wrote:
> On Nov 15, 2007 1:10 AM, Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I don't mind using other projects the 'TortoiseXXX', name, but this I
>> think goes one step too far:
>> http://toytoisesvn.sourceforge.jp/
> I agree that the name can users' confusion, but I do not think there
> is any malice here.
> This project is open source (GPL, according to sourceforge site) and
> seems to have a goal of mimicing TortoiseSVN's interface in GTK environment.
> So a name like 'GtkTortoiseSVN' would be IMHO justified, but does not
> sound good ;-)
> Current name is just a clumsy attempt at word play (toy + tortoise).
> Hopefully toytoisesvn's author will agree to change his project's name
> if you ask him.

The big problem is that users *will* get confused. I only found the site
because I wondered why a user complained about an issue with
"TortoiseSVN on Linux" here on the list yesterday - that's when I
googled around and found the site.
Considering that this project is brand new and we already had one user
completely confused about where to complain I think this is a big issue.

Why can't people just use new names for their projects? (in case you
ask: I wanted to change the name of TortoiseSVN when I joined the
project for exactly that reason, but it was then decided to keep the
name TortoiseSVN - with permission of the TortoiseCVS guys).

What I also think is a little offensive: they didn't even ask if they
could use such a similar name for their project. We had people here
asking if they could use the name "Tortoise" for their project but a
different version control system! And those were not such similar names
as this one is.

I've sent the guy a mail - maybe you guys should too. I just hope he's
reasonable and will change the name.


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