[opensource] Office Computer Name

Peter Dietz dietz.72 at osu.edu
Wed Feb 20 21:52:54 EST 2008

Hey Everybody,

Last year Jim started a little naming contest for our lab computer, where we
ended up renaming last year's computer 'dl190' as stallman. We now have a
new computer this year, and will soon be outfitting our lab with another new
desktop, and a laptop for demo'ing.

The naming scheme in use thus far is famous computer scientists, I would
like to add contributors to the free software or opensource movement, in
addition, any other good names for a computer.

My (personal) list is
Shuttleworth - canonical / ubuntu
Linus Torvalds
Behlendorf - apache*
* Lessig - creative commons
O'Reilly - tech books

But, there certainly are better names, so feel free to send in your own pick
to this list. And we'll be choosing a name once we've settled on one, or

and read below for a snip of last years postings on this subject...

Forwarded conversation
Subject: [opensource] Office Computer Name

From: *james scott dinan* <dinan at cse.ohio-state.edu>
Date: Thu, Nov 2, 2006 at 9:00 PM
To: opensource at cse.ohio-state.edu

Hey All,

We've decided on a naming scheme for the club computers: we're going to
name them after famous computer scientists.

Here are some names that were suggested:

Licklider or "Lick"

Any other suggestions?  We'll be renaming "dl190" next week so make your
opinions known!


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From: *Steven James Samuel Stapleton* <stapleton at mps.ohio-state.edu>
Date: Thu, Nov 2, 2006 at 9:21 PM
To: opensource at cse.ohio-state.edu

Where's Turing? How about Bell?

-Jim Stapleton
From: *Nick Hurley* <hurley at todesschaf.org>
Date: Thu, Nov 2, 2006 at 10:34 PM
To: james scott dinan <dinan at cse.ohio-state.edu>
Cc: opensource at cse.ohio-state.edu

james scott dinan <dinan at cse.ohio-state.edu> writes:
> Kernigham

I belive you mean "Kernighan", ending in an 'n', not an 'm'.

  Life is full of surprises but never when you need one.
                         -- Calvin
From: *Karen Manukyan* <manukyan.karen at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Nov 2, 2006 at 10:40 PM
To: opensource at cse.ohio-state.edu

He invented my favorite programming language C++ :))
From: *Peter Dietz* <dietz.72 at osu.edu>
Date: Fri, Nov 3, 2006 at 1:57 AM
To: manukyan at cse.ohio-state.edu
Cc: opensource at cse.ohio-state.edu

My votes for Lick,
For those of you who don't know of him, he wrote a paper on man-machine
symbiosis, and was instrumental in development of the DARPA/ARPA project
that eventually became the internet.

Peter Dietz
Student / Technologist

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From: *Cosmin Roman* <cosmin at math.ohio-state.edu>
Date: Fri, Nov 3, 2006 at 10:21 AM
To: opensource at cse.ohio-state.edu

I would favor von Neumann

but from my own experience I know how difficult it is to use the 'von'
particle :)

and would Torvalds be out-of-line? :P

From: *James Dinan* <dinan at cse.ohio-state.edu>
Date: Mon, Nov 6, 2006 at 5:46 PM
To: Opensource at cse.ohio-state.edu

Still working on the newsgroup problem.  Forwarded post follows:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: [opensource] Office Computer Name
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2006 07:54:51 -0500
From: B A Bair <bbair at cse.ohio-state.edu>

Where's the first programmer, Ada Lovelace? or the inventor of the
compiler, Grace Hopper?

How about the original six Eniac programmers, Kathleen McNulty Mauchly
Antonelli, Jean Jennings Bartik, Frances Snyder Holberton, Marlyn
Wescoff Meltzer, Frances Bilas Spence and Ruth Lichterman Teitelbaum?
Lots of good name possibilities there.

For fun, you should also look up Radia Perlman, Jean E Sammet, Sally
Floyd, Barbara Liskov, and Irma Wyman.

And if you're interested in living pioneers, ACM just inducted Susan
Landau (Sun) and Tracy Camp (Colorado School of Mines) into their roster
of distinguished computer engineers.

My personal hero(ine) is Helen Grenier.

From: *Paul Betts* <bettsp at cse.ohio-state.edu>
Date: Tue, Nov 7, 2006 at 11:44 AM
To: bbair at cse.ohio-state.edu, Alex Lingo <lingo.13 at osu.edu>
Cc: Opensource at cse.ohio-state.edu

In this, I propose a deal: The OSUOSS club will name one of their PCs
Lovelace if you (Bettina) encourage ACM-W members to attend an OSUOSS
meeting. Personally, I think it's a win-win situation, as both of our
organizations are trying to get students excited about computer science,
so the more people we can get, the better! This department has far too
many students who aren't learning about what's cool and new about their
field, especially wrt women in computer science; I think that a lot of
CSE student organizations from the outside seem like "boys clubs" and
I'd like to see that go straight out the window, at least with OSUOSS.
We include _everyone_, regardless of how technical you are or anything
else, we definitely have topics for everyone, and if we don't, anyone
can make their own presentation on what they're interested in!

Paul Betts <bettsp at cse.ohio-state.edu>

Peter Dietz

Computer & Information Science -- The Ohio State University
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