Mint without the Linux?

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Mint without the Linux?

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Clem,

I don't remember if this topic was discussed yet or not.

It's about the distro name.

I was thinking that you should drop the Linux part of the name. I think that the Linux part may scare some new users. As windows is not DOS Windows, and the Mac is not Unix Leopard, I think that Mint should do the same.

From the user point of view who cares what is the code base of the OS? They just want a usable and nice experience.

I think that Ubuntu at some point have got a good recognition as a "brand" without the Linux part attached.

I'm sure that this distro si mature enough to be considered just Mint or MintX or whatever, but drop the "scary" part.

It was just a though.


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Re: Mint without the Linux?

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It has been discussed (don't ask me for a link - I have at least some memory left :)) and Linux Mint is the name....
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Re: Mint without the Linux?

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There are pros and cons on both sides of the debate. Mint is a lot of thing, Linux Mint uniquely identifies our project. I also disagree with the statement that "Linux" is scary, IMHO it sounds good to people who know about it and raises curiosity to others. As for Windows, ok it's not DOS Windows, but "Microsoft" Windows... so how about that for a scary part?! :)

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Re: Mint without the Linux?

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I like "LinuxMint", it just plain has a good sound to it.

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I have to say from the time I start using Mint I've had this little wondering on my mind how a Linux flavor of Irish origin is called Mint and not Clover. :) or Lucky Linux :roll: How about Leprechaun Linux? :mrgreen:
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Them f**kin' kids, they're always stealing my LinuxMint :mrgreen:

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Them f**kin' kids, they're always stealing my LinuxMint
Ah - so that's why you're so heavily armed....
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Interesting enought, today I saw a couple of blogs talking about the efect of the Ubuntu name in the Linux community and for new users accostued to have or M$ or Apple and that's it.

That was exactly the intention of my original post. To argue that argument.

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Re: Mint without the Linux?

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The only other alternative from my horizon would be "MintOS", "Mint OS" or "OS Mint"...
I this case my vote would go to "MintOS"!
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For me Linux denotes "solid," "reliable." Both desirable qualities.

Must just be a difference in perspectives. :-)

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I agree that to me Linux does bring an air of solid and reliable, but alot of us know Linux, know what Linux is all about. Someone who has never heard of Linux, or who has heard of Linux from even a few years ago, will think "major technological knowledge needed" or "Everything has to be done in a command line" as these are the the way things were not too long ago, but things have changes, and someone who only knows about Linux from before, will still have those ideas in their head. Now I'm not saying that Clem should change the name of Linux Mint, but I can see how someone could be scared off simply by the word "Linux"

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Removing Linux from the name wouldn't change that Mint is a part of the Linux family, "hiding" that just doesn't make any sense to me..
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Re: Mint without the Linux?

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I can see both sides of this argument.

There is online financial software named Mint and also Mint web stats. If you search google for "mint", LinuxMint is over half way down the first page of results.
So from a purely branding perspective, LinuxMint seems like the way to go.

LinuxMint is a great name, especially if you think about alternative meanings for the word mint--think mint as in mint condition...

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Re: Mint without the Linux?

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Guest wrote:Clem,

I don't remember if this topic was discussed yet or not.

It's about the distro name.

I was thinking that you should drop the Linux part of the name. I think that the Linux part may scare some new users. As windows is not DOS Windows, and the Mac is not Unix Leopard, I think that Mint should do the same.

From the user point of view who cares what is the code base of the OS? They just want a usable and nice experience.

I think that Ubuntu at some point have got a good recognition as a "brand" without the Linux part attached.

I'm sure that this distro si mature enough to be considered just Mint or MintX or whatever, but drop the "scary" part.

It was just a though.


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Re: Mint without the Linux?

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Linux Mint is a great name, if any name needs to change its UBUNTU, WHAT A STUPID NAME THAT IS, thats why i cant use it,
you cant show anyone what you use, cos they just fall about laughing, but Linux Mint is cool. :D

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Re: Mint without the Linux?

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Using different names on different editions makes branding kind of difficult. I find the name just fine like it is, and as Mint is starting to make an impact on the community, changing name now will be kind of foolish, since all branding done by now will be a waste of time.
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Re: Mint without the Linux?

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ed@Mint wrote:That's obvious.
This thread should be closed.
It is just an opinion, no point in closing the thread when there is a discussion going on. But it looks like me like the community like the name like it is, though ;)
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Re: Mint without the Linux?

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I don't even know if there's anything to add... :wink:
NO!
But I wont close the thread - just hope you have better things to do than suggest a name change
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Re: Mint without the Linux?

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Actually ubuntu has a cool name to me, Ubuntu sounds fluid and natural... I like it better then "windows" or "OSeckes"[/quote]
I get fed up with having to explain the name and how to say it, linux mint needs no explanation. :roll:

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Re: Mint without the Linux?

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miltonjohn wrote:Mint OS sounds good but how 'bout "MentOS"

:)
Technically speaking Linux is the OS, Mint is just a flavor..... literally. :mrgreen:
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