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Re: Consideration in naming products (was: Re: Apache Server Announcement)

From: Robert S. Thau <rst@ai.mit.edu>
Date: Mon, 24 Apr 95 09:53:35 EDT
Message-Id: <9504241353.AA05656@volterra>
To: habib@world.std.com
Cc: www-talk@www10.w3.org
   Date: Sat, 22 Apr 1995 19:10:34 +0500
   From: Steve H Rose <habib@world.std.com>

   Hello there.

   I just found out that there is a server called the "Apache."  I've got to 
   wonder whether the people who are developing this server have contacted 
   the Apache nation to find out whether it is ok to use their name.

Well, it's not just us (a "whois apache" finds all sorts of people),
but this is an issue, and it's one we've discussed.  The bottom line
for us was whether, say, the Jewish members of the group would be
deeply offended by another piece of software named, say, Torah,
Israel, Talmud, Mitzvah, or whatever --- and, provided there was
nothing deeply offensive about the way it was presented, we wouldn't.
(What sort of Jewish name is "Thau", you ask?  Let's just say Ellis
Island was a pretty weird place).

Of course, it's entirely possible that the real Apaches are more
sensitive to this sort of thing than we are, and if so, we'll change
it --- but we would prefer to hear it from the Apaches themselves.  We
really don't mean to offend.

(BTW, there already is a fair amount of native American related
information on the Web --- see Yahoo for a good list of starting
points (yes, they have *everything*) --- but if some worthy Amerind
organization needs a little Web space, and this goes particularly for
the Apache Nation of course, we may be able to help).

rst
Received on Monday, 24 April 1995 14:20:00 UTC

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