[Thunar-dev] Name suggestion
simsalabimladen at gmail.com
Tue Mar 29 04:11:39 CEST 2005
Thunar needs a name, as noted in the wiki. Since names are fun, how
about a small debate on it?
I think that because xffm already has the "official" name that the
XFce File Manager should rightly have, it won't hurt to deviate a bit
from common terminology and make a more fancy name, more like Nautilus
or Konqueror. Basic Archive Manager sounds IMHO too official, and new
users would most likely confuse it with Xffm. FileWorks is a cool
name, but not as the abbreviated "FWX". Out of the current
suggestions, I like FileWorks (without an X) the most.
It must distinguish itself from XFce File Manager (xffm). From a user
standpoint, there cannot be two official file managers, just as there
cannot be two settings managers. If there are to be two, then they
should be distinguished from each other, preferably by the name. This
means that Thunar's name cannot be purely descriptive of its function
in the way that xffm is. Judging from previous file managers,
something vaguely descriptive is sufficient. Examples are Explorer,
Nautilus, Konqueror, and ROX. At most, these names vaguely suggest its
function, and are primarily cosmetic.
It should distinguish itself from the other file managers, obviously.
If Konqueror suddenly called itself "Konquistador", people would
automatically associate it with Explorer, as the conquistadors were
Spanish soldiers and explorers. This would be good for a joke, playing
on Explorer's name (which Konqueror to some degree already does), but
it wouldn't be as funny if XFce, which has been called GNOME-lite,
made a file manager they called Sea Crab, as people would
automatically associate it with the GNOME equivalent.
I don't know whether a name that's purely descriptive is preferred, or
whether it should be something a bit more personal, like Thunar is,
but I personally think it should be somewhere in-between, as it has
been in the aforementioned examples. This isn't xffm, and it should
make the user aware of that. If it becomes the standard on XFce, I
think it's a different question, and a more descriptive name may be in
order. Not now, though.
The best (I think) that I've come up with so far is Chronicler.
I think it sounds original, and though it might be a bit too fancy for
some, I think that it's more descriptive than Konqueror, ROX, Explorer
or Nautilus. The only problem I can see with it is that people might
associate it with a log program, though it does in a sense log the
files in your system while making the changes you ask it to. In a way,
it is the chronicler of your system, which would make the name
appropriate for its task.
Anyone got any suggestions? Opinons? I'd be glad to write some online
notes that people can access about choice of names as the debate takes
off (presuming, of course, that it does).
"In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of
people very angry, and has been widely regarded as a bad move."
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