[squeak-dev] Renaming "Squeak"

David Zmick dz0004455 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 5 01:06:16 UTC 2008

the artist formerly know as prince lol..

I agree with Mr. Rowledge, other programming languages have considerable
strange names(see http://microsoft.toddverbeek.com/lang.html), and they are
very successfully,
I especially like the name C++ because of the ++ "joke" it has in it.

I personally feel that squeak should stay called squeak!

On Tue, Mar 4, 2008 at 6:52 PM, Alan Lovejoy <
squeak-dev.sourcery at forum-mail.net> wrote:

> On Mar 4, 2008, at 12:24 PM, Michael van der Gulik wrote:
> >  "Squeak" is a name that's hard to take seriously, and I for one
> > would be less inclined to advertise that any product I make is based
> > on "Squeak". However, there's a large investment in the name - URLs,
> > source code, public awareness,  etc.  The name is unlikely to change.
> Squeak is not the most professional-sounding name that could have been
> chosen.  One very important purpose of a name is marketing, and the
> name "Squeak" doesn't do that very well in a few rather important
> markets.  Of course, if you're marketing to children (and those who
> educate them,) then Squeak is not at all a bad name.
> But that's all water under the bridge at this point.  Changing the
> name only, in the absence of any other substantive changes, would at
> best be ignored as a shameless (and not well-motivated) marketing
> ploy. At worst, it would be seen as an act of desperation.
> Change Squeak so that it deserves a new name.  Then the new name will
> be perceived as having been earned, and so will serve as an effective
> marketing tool to advertise the new, improved "Open Source Smalltalk."
> --Alan

David Zmick
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