Top 5 funny names of open source software projects

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In the world of open source software there are all kinds of project names. They range from those that use acronyms, such as GNU, to those that are completely invented, others that are like the names of animals such as cat, those that are made up of the fusion of several words such as Linux (Linus + x) or Debian (Debora + Ian), and a long etc. but you will also find funny names among these programs and here I have chosen a top 5 of them. You may not have noticed it when you used them, but if you think about it a bit, they are quite striking.

So here we go with the selection of 5 funny names of open source projects that you will surely know, but perhaps you have not noticed its meaning:

  • Snort: as you know, it is a free network intrusion detection system. Its peculiar logo is a pig that does not seem to have had a good day, but it does justice to the translation of this word, since snort in English means snorted or snorted.
  • Roundup: It is an easy to use issue tracking system. But surely many have not noticed that it is also a commercial brand of an herbicide (glyphosate). Yes, the famous herbicide that has generated so much controversy and that was patented by the Monsanto company (now owned by Bayer).
  • pip: surely you have used it to install programs written in Python. It is the package management system for Python, but its translation from English is nugget.
  • MAD: There are several projects named like this, such as MAD Linux or MAD (MPEG Audio Decoder). Well, if this name is translated into English, the result is rabid, furious, angry, crazy...
  • Python: this name, apart from being a snake (python), is funny, since it does not come from this reptile but rather its creator gave it to him by the comic group MontyPython.

Please don't forget to leave your comments with more software names that you find funny or weird… There are many more!


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  1.   anonyzard said

    There is also scrcpy. His name may not be funny, but his origin is.

  2.   former ubuntero said

    The Gimp...