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Erez Schatz
August 12, 2019 06:42
Re: perl6's new name?
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It's all bike-shedding.

On 8/12/19 9:14 AM, Eliza wrote:
> Hello perl6 world,
> I saw the perl6 github issue, just was confused will perl6 change its 
> name?
> Perl 6 was initially conceived to be the next version of Perl 5. It 
> took way too long to mature to an initial release. Meanwhile, people 
> interested in taking Perl 5 along, took back the reigns and continued 
> developing Perl 5.
> Having two programming languages that are sufficiently different to 
> not be source compatible, but only differ in what many perceive to be 
> a version number, is hurting the image of both Perl 5 and Perl 6 in 
> the world. Since the word "Perl" is still perceived as "Perl 5" in the 
> world, it only seems fair that "Perl 6" changes its name.
> Since Larry has indicated, in his video message to the participants of 
> PerlCon 2019 in Riga, that the two sister languages are now old and 
> wise enough to take care of themselves, such a name change would no 
> longer require the approval of the BDFL.
> I would therefore propose to change the name to "the Camelia 
> Programming Language" or "Camelia" for short, for several reasons:
> the search term "camelia programming language" already brings you to 
> the right place. This means that changing the name to "Camelia" will 
> have minimal impact on findability on search engines such as Google 
> and DuckDuckGo.
> the logo / mascot would not need changing: it's just that it now also 
> becomes the actual name of the programming language.
> "Camelia" in its name, still carries something Perlish inside of it.
> The concept of "Camelia" being an implementation of a specification in 
> "roast", still stands. The alternative, to use "Rakudo" as the name of 
> the language, would cause confusion with the name being used to 
> indicate an implementation, and would endanger the separation between 
> specification and implementation.
> Choosing yet another name, such as Albus, would mean having to start 
> from scratch with marketing and getting the name out there. Hence my 
> preference for a known name such as "Camelia".
> The "Camelia" logo is still copyright Larry Wall, so it would allow 
> Larry to still be connected to one of the programming languages that 
> he helped get into the world.
> regards,
> Eliza

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