What's in a name? In the Linux world, much silliness

From 'Woozy Numbat' to 'Beefy Miracle,' version names are never boring when it comes to this popular open source operating system.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Software, Linux

A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, as Shakespeare's Juliet so famously said, but what if its name were Pink Farting Weasel?

It may be a little-known fact, but that was actually the moniker given to versions 2.6.23-rc4 through 2.6.23-rc6 of the Linux kernel, which is perhaps just as notable for its zany naming conventions as it is for its powerful software.

The Linux world as a whole tends toward the silly or at least light-hearted when it comes to naming versions and releases, in fact. Ready for a break from the serious? Here's a quick tour of some of the more entertaining examples.

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Yes, "Pink Farting Weasel" really is one example in a very long list of what you might call highly creative names that have been bestowed upon Linux kernel releases over the years. I remember reading about the inspiration behind last year's "Flesh-Eating Bats with Fangs," but others are harder to fathom. "Greased Weasel" was the first; later we saw "Zonked Quokka," "Woozy Numbat," "Sliding Götterdämmerung," "Homicidal Dwarf Hamster," and "Man-Eating Seals of Antiquity," among many more. Prepare for some serious head-scratching if you dare peruse the full list on Wikipedia.

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