Fair enough. Personally, I’m happy with either name. Certainly, “golang” is
used in enough places that people know what is meant. As long as we refer
to the language (e.g. in the section description) by “Go”, I think we
should be good.
On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 1:46 AM, Guillem Jover <guil...@debian.org> wrote:
> On Sun, 2018-02-04 at 23:37:39 +0100, Michael Stapelberg wrote:
> > Matthias Klose <d...@debian.org> writes:
> > > Please could you consider using go as new tag name? golang resembles
> > > too much to one particular implementation name. For other languages
> > > we have python, not cpython, pypy, jython, we have java, not openjdk.
> I do care quite a bit about namespaces, and when checking the request
> and the bug history, I also considered the possiblity of using go, but
> discarded it pretty fast and went with the proposed golang name, because
> the former seems like a terrible name to use on a global namespace.
> It's at least both a verb, and an ancient game. And golang is definitely
> *not* the name of any specific implementation, the reference
> implementation tarballs go by just go, and its compiler by gc (which is
> also a rather overloaded term). Its wikipedia page even states that it's
> commonly referred as golang.
> If we had to add a section for a language named k or q or similar I'd
> expect it'd be named klang or qlang or something along these lines.
> We even have some kind of precedent in the archive, with gnu-r and not
> just r as section, which would be also be terrible. :)
> > Indeed, the language is called Go, and golang is the web site address:
> > https://twitter.com/rob_pike/status/886054143235719169
> Sure, it's still not a very good name on its own when taken out of the
> programming language context.
> I'm also very glad the package namespace for golang packages is
> precisely golang- and not go-, which would also be extremely confusing.
> > I agree that the new section should ideally be called “Go”.
> I think this would be a bad idea for our global section-space.
> > Guillem, thanks for sending the patches in the blocker bugs. Could you
> > update them to use “Go” instead of “golang” please?
> I'd rather not see the name changed, so I guess you'll understand
> that even if ftp-masters would unfortunately decide to go for the
> change, I won't be very enthused with updating patches. :)
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