I think the site should be renamed to Unix family, instead of the rather dull and arrogant Unix & Linux. It's like saying Linux and Ubuntu instead of Linux family (if the site was just for Linux systems).

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    It's too bad one can't google for "nix" or "unx" - I'd be curious to compare those to "unix family" and "unix-like". For what it's worth, "unix-like OS(es)" is far more common than "unix family", but unix family is probably a cleaner name for a title.
    – Cascabel
    Nov 16, 2010 at 23:33
  • Related: unix.stackexchange.com/questions/2342/…
    – Cascabel
    Nov 16, 2010 at 23:56
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    @Jefromi: We've just had the Is Linux a Unix? question on the main site. Nov 17, 2010 at 0:06
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    I don't really find it arrogant, and I don't think your analogy is particularly persuasive: Linux, though unix-like, is not A Unix, while Ubuntu is absolutely a Linux [distribution]. This is not to say that the current name is perfect; I'm just not totally sure about your reasons.
    – Cascabel
    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:51
  • @ Jef Bad analogy, I agree.
    – tshepang
    Dec 6, 2010 at 3:55

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The advantage of “Unix and Linux” is that a lot of the potential audience has heard of Linux but not of Unix. And it's short and flows well, unlike the more correct “Unix including Linux” or “Unix, Unix-like, Unix-derived, Unix-emulating, Unix-simulating, Unix-inspired, Unix-resembling, Unix-flavored, Unix-shaped, Unix-tasting, and/or otherwise and without limitation Unix-y systems, including, but not limited to, Linux, GNU/Linux, Lignux, GNU/X11/Linux, GNU/X11/Apache/Linux/TeX/Perl/Python/FreeCiv, and other systems that may contain Linuts”.

Granted, this argument could be stretched to mean the site should be called “Unix and Linux and Mac OS X's non-GUI bits”, but that would be a bit long.

“Unix and Linux” might be taken to imply that non-Unix-like Linux platforms (e.g. Android) are on-topic. This hasn't been decided yet, although the lack of questions can be interpreted as saying they're off-topic.

  • +1: I think the current title does convey the desired meaning fairly well, especially given its length. I expect anyone out there using a unix-like OS which isn't unix or linux probably knows enough to realize they're within the scope. (Though if it turns out later we absolutely must append FreeCiv, so be it!)
    – Cascabel
    Nov 17, 2010 at 6:54
  • @Jefromi: I should have mentioned that this GNU/Linux/... bit is not mine, it's from the GNU project. Nov 17, 2010 at 19:31
  • I wouldn't say lack of questions is interpreted as offtopic, but more ask lack of interest... I'm pretty sure there was a is "embedded linux ok" question here on meta at some point. Dec 5, 2010 at 9:28
  • Tastes Like Unix. Yummy. :-)
    – Warren P
    Sep 19, 2013 at 1:43

I disagree with you. This is nitpicking and is not actually a good brand (personal opinion).

I think we should be renamed to "Kernel Panic". I'd say that's just me... but these threads disagree.

In any sense... you should probably post your suggestions on the elevator pitch thread which is exactly about our branding... If you'd like to pitch it, that's the correct place, as opposed to starting a new thread.

  • I'm pretty sure "Kernal Panic" is already taken, sadly enough...
    – SamB
    Dec 20, 2010 at 1:13
  • @samb nope, still for sale Dec 20, 2010 at 1:14

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