Forum OpenACS Q&A: New name proposal
anybody is monitoring that anymore, I'll put it here. I would like to
propose a name for the ACS/pg port.
It struck me this morning that what makes this project interesting is
it's relationships to two existing OSS projects--namely ACS and PG, of
course. We need to build relationships with each project community
because we need both to implement features we are looking for, keep us
informed of the directions they are taking, and so on. And to the
extent that we have been successful here, it's largely because we have
a liaison aD (Ben) and one with the PG development team (Don).
So I thought the project name should reflect that unique relationship.
I hereby propose PAX: Postres/ACS Xchange. (For those of you who don't
speak Latin, pax means "peace".)
Pax would have been good... too bad it's taken. Pax Digita is not very catchy....
I love the name "Open Force," but I'm not sure that it's appropriate for this particular project. Since ACS/pg is (at least for the moment) intimately tied to two existing projects, I think it's important that the name reflect the heritage in a way that attracts ACS and PG developers. In other words, the name should be descriptive marketing.
As to using OpenForce, it would not be a bad idea, but I still like plain "ACS/pg"
PACS was the asynchronous version, allowing 8 async lines from the one card for more standard gateways.
Paradata was bought out by Telebit, who marketed it as the Telebit ACS (and changed over to 16 port Digiboards instead of that custom board Paradata used). Telebit, of course, was then bought out by Frantel.
However, the US PTO doesn't list PACS as being a trademark of Telebit or Frantel -- however, there ARE trademarks for PACS in the computer field. Check the search on the USPTO site (uspto.gov).
Otherwise, it sounds fine to me.
But, then again, ACS/pg sounds fine, too. I'm not picky (although, I really wish we could call AOLserver something different, as those three letters cause feelings of animosity amongst many open source affacionados).
I propose ApoCS - A (ArsDigita) postgres Community System
The only problem with "Open Force Community System" is that OFCS
would be pronounced "oh, focs".
Hmmm...maybe not so good?
Probably shouldn't tie it to Ben's company, if only that it might cause people to question the motivation. We're not doing this to make Ben's company work, though if Ben's company does work many of us may well contract with it. There's a difference that might be lost on some. We're doing it because we want it ourselves and want others to have it. Not sure how important that really is, but it's a thought that comes to mind.
Catchy names stick in folks' mind, there's no doubt about that. That's why I originally raised the issue, though I'm not a marketing type I do recognize certain realities.
Would Apache be as popular if it were called the OSWS (Open Source Web Server) or the like? Probably not.
As time goes on, I am getting used to or maybe numbed by ACS/pg. As alphabet soup goes, it's not bad.
The positive thing is that it's less of an acronym, so a bit more catchy, and the domain name is still available.
Of course, we may remain faithful to Postgres, but I kind of like the goal of working towards supporting both or at least easing the difficulty involved by abstracting out db-dependent stuff.
When Oracle finally goes Open Source, we'll let aD use it :)
I can see hundreds of "Powered by OpenACS" on pages over the web. Ops, sorry, got carried away but it would be pretty cool
Any graphics people out there up to the task of creating a logo ??
offense since ACS is *already* open. But it's database layer is
not open -- and (at least under Debian guidelines) that would prevent
it from living in the "free" archive. It would have to go into
"contrib". For what it's worth
So, another "Yes" vote for OpenACS
If aD feels embarrassed by it, the heck with them.
Vive la openACS!
(Ben will correct me if I'm wrong).
Makes me appreciate even more the effort you folks are up to. It is a useful dichotomy, and it is great you folks differentiate on that basis.
(OK, it's a bit pun, I admit it)