A Merlot, a Malbec and a Moblin

Last week, a few of us were talking about future Moblin OS releases, and we were just having fun and starting talking about our wish list for code name "themes".  You know, this is when a series of products are given code names before their real names go on, and the code names follow a certain pattern.

For example, releases of Microsoft Windows used to be named for cities in the US (Memphis, Chicago) and then switched to ski areas (Whistler, Longhorn, Blackcomb).

So for example, you could name releases of a product after the grape varietals which are commonly made into wine. I'd be worried about this, since theoretically about a third of the world's population are non-drinkers and might be offended.

Some of my favorite code name series (some of which derived from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_names) ...

    • Google's Android OS releases are based on deserts, I have heard of Cupcake, Donut, Eclaire and Flan, according to this Wikipedia entry.

    • the Ubuntu OS has releases named after animals, like Jaunty Jackalope and Karmic Koala).

    • When I was at Sequent, our OS releases had no code names, just version numbers, but at least you knew what you were getting. But our major systems had some interesting names. For example, I remember one we referred to as "STiNG", which stood for "Sequent, The Next Generation (with intel inside)". I think we called our first 386 based server as "K9", to make people think we were using a different chip architecture.

    • Intel has been known to use code names for various projects, though we try to stamp them out when the product has an "official" name. (So now, Nehalem is just a river in Oregon). Not surprisingly, we have various themes that pop up here and there.

    • Mac OS releases are named after big cats, I think. What happens when they run out of cat names?



Any other favorite code name theme memes?

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