Our chat room is called "Unix and Linux".

While this is all good, most (all?) of the other chat rooms in all the other Stack Exchange sites have funnier, cooler names than just their site names. Who are we to be behind?

So, in the spirit of the Holiday Season, I propose a competition for a "better" name. One name per answer, please.

Strive for the amusing, the unexpected, the original. But also, of course, something suitable for the Unix and Linux Stack Exchange main chat room.

NOTE: Per @muru's suggestion, try sorting the answers by the active tab to see more recent responses to the question:

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    It might be good to have a note asking users to have answers sorted active as well, so that new suggestions get exposure. – muru Dec 26 '15 at 17:50
  • @muru I'm not sure what your suggestion means. Can you elaborate? – Faheem Mitha Dec 27 '15 at 8:08
  • @FaheemMitha The answers are sorted by score, by default. So, the highest voted answers get the most visibility, and most votes from new visitors. If people sort by post activity/recency, they'll get to see new suggestions first, getting them a reasonable share of votes. – muru Dec 27 '15 at 8:15
  • @muru I see. Ok. Shall I add a note to that effect to the question? – Faheem Mitha Dec 27 '15 at 8:16
  • so... is it over yet? i think there's a pretty clear winner anyway. the scope of this contest might benefit from a little specificity... – mikeserv Dec 30 '15 at 16:17
  • @mikeserv terdon thinks we should give it a few more days. – Faheem Mitha Dec 31 '15 at 8:43
  • There are lots of great suggestions here, but some of them would not be easy to search for in Google, etc. Eg, "User Space", and those names directly derived from standard commands. This may or may not be desirable. :) – PM 2Ring Jan 1 '16 at 11:12
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    @terdon have you guys set a date on which this poll ends? – muru Jan 4 '16 at 20:14
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    @muru yes, two weeks after posting. That's the 9th. – terdon Jan 4 '16 at 20:46
  • Congratulations to the winner! – jimmij Jan 9 '16 at 19:01

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Nix Speak

Adding for the 30 char limit. blah.


The Network Socket

which suggests a data flow between active agents.  Some of the other communities (e.g., Super User, Ask Ubuntu, and Server Fault) might fight us for the right to use this.


Windowless room

We might have no Windows, but we have a great view.

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    Personal taste: I find "The Room without Windows" more pleasing. – muru Dec 26 '15 at 13:57
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    I don't like defining “Unix” as “not Windows”. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Dec 26 '15 at 19:15


The Stack Exchange Relay Chat, after the traditional open chat protocol (not particularly unix-y however). The acronym just happens to be an abbreviation for something else that tends to come up often in our world.


A possible variant of /dev/chat is


  • I suppose that would mean "chat" is the name of the user.... – Wildcard Mar 18 '16 at 5:59

The Command Line

What about chat as a command-line by means if which we can talk!


initctl start chat

Starting chat process!


How about considering /mnt/chat


How about using write for chat?

write user chat



echos back everything you type into it. I know some of you will complain this is a UUoC, though.


Seeing as linux stands for "Linux Is Not UniX" and the site is "Unix AND Linux" I'd think the obvious would be either
Self Contradicting
Or the ever most popular

Oxymoronically Uniqs.

Which hopefully would also appeal to the OSX crowd (but not to the rest of bsdom)

  • One answer per post, please. – Faheem Mitha Jan 7 '16 at 15:08
  • @FaheemMitha yeah, the quoteblock is the 1 answer. – Dani_l Jan 8 '16 at 13:56
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    ‘linux stands for "Linux Is Not UniX"’ No, this is not true. Someone might have said that as a joke, on the model of GNU (which is an acronym for “GNU is Not Unix”), but Linux is not an acronym and Linux does not try to distance itself from Unix. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Jan 9 '16 at 19:58

swapon -a Space

Similar to the Swap on but w/ the actual command. Might be a bit too obscure though.



In the tradition of talk and its implementations or lookalikes ntalk, ytalk, gtalk, etalk, etc., stalk is the Stack Exchange talk.

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    SETalk, to avoid the unfortunate connotations of stalk? – muru Dec 26 '15 at 19:18
  • That doesn't feel sufficiently recognizably Unixy. – Faheem Mitha Dec 26 '15 at 19:20
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    @muru Oh, um, good point. I thought of the noun but not of the verb. – Gilles 'SO- stop being evil' Dec 26 '15 at 21:49


if we can't have mikeserv's ~. A compromise towards the traditional UNIX root home dir.


Here is my (complicated at first) proposition - a modification of some previous answers:

cat <<\EOF >/dev/tty3

What is this?

It simulates basic chat, i.e. redirects inputs from different users to one place: tty3. All users are treated on an equal footing, posts appear with fifo queue, and without formatting.

Why 3?

Because posts are sent to a third site on U&L (chat is third, after main and meta).

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    Why spoiler-type hiding of text? – Faheem Mitha Dec 28 '15 at 11:49
  • wouldn't a pipe | and tee to fork make more sense and be clearer? – cat Dec 28 '15 at 18:41

What about Chat as environment?

env CHAT="Unix & Linux"

You may also use export instead of env

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    why not export CHAT=...? – cat Dec 27 '15 at 17:56

Bourne shell

After the most popular shell/command-line interpreter.


The Network

which suggests a data flow between active agents.  Some of the other communities (e.g., Super User, Ask Ubuntu, and Server Fault) might fight us for the right to use this.

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    I don't think there's any need to think of this as a potential fight. Sites don't get to own all possible room names related to their topic. Other sites already have their chat rooms named (if they want): Super User has Root Access; Server Fault has The Comms Room; Ask Ubuntu just has Ask Ubuntu General Room. – Cascabel Dec 26 '15 at 14:09

S.A.S.E. talk

primarily System Administrators of Stack Exchange, secondarily sassy; tertiarily self-addressed stamped envelope (for easy feedback!)

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    sassy?!?​​​​​​​ – mikeserv Dec 27 '15 at 3:27


if we can't have mikeserv's ~. A compromise towards the Linux home dir.

  • / is way better. sorry for the retraction - but i want the vote to count for the other. – mikeserv Dec 27 '15 at 3:28
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    you know, root has home in /root/ – Jakuje Dec 27 '15 at 11:26

One of the chapters in the Glyn Moody book Rebel Code has the chapter name:

Boot Time

I think that might be a good name for a chat room.


echo your question

Since chat are mostly about asking questions

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    I think echo your discussion would be better! – Pandya Dec 28 '15 at 12:49
  • shouldn't it be echo $your_question rather than echoing "your question"? – cat Dec 28 '15 at 18:43
  • @tac it should be printf %s\\n "$your_question" but that's too wordy for a chat room name. – Wildcard Mar 18 '16 at 6:02

This one might be a bit too Linux specific, but how about

The Penguin Bar

  • I would counter with "The Beasty Bar". Just as platform specific, but adds alliteration. – ghoti Jan 5 '16 at 13:22
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