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Re: What's in a Name?

Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:25 pm

Well, I've looked at the FAQ and most threads in the Forum and can't see a question (or answer) asking how the name "Raspberry Pi" was chosen.

I'm guessing that it wasn't a random "stick a pin in the Dictionary" approach and that there's a story (hopefully convoluted) behind it. Perhaps it was as simple as "that's what Liz was cooking when the "Eureka Moment" happened" but that would be boring !.

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Re: What's in a Name?

Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:42 pm

It is in there, keep looking

IIRC, "Raspberry" is an homage to various other fruit-based names for computing devices (Apricot, Tangerine, Orange, Blackberry, for example, oh, and there is another that escapes me at the moment) Pi is for Python - a language considered as an ideal educational first (or at least, early) step to programming, and was to have been provided with the primary OS for the Raspberry Pi.

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Re: What's in a Name?

Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:46 pm

Well there is a thread here;ret=all

I much prefer the train of thought that it was called after something edible

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Re: What's in a Name?

Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:36 am

When it came to the vote, raspberry was more popular than kumquat and Pi was more popular blancmange.

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Re: What's in a Name?

Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:47 am

Both Apple and Acorn count as fruit-themed names.  Both produced wildly popular home computers about 30 years ago.  One of them is still going strong in a literal sense, the other has survived in spirit as a wildly successful chip designer.

There are a few colourful names not yet chosen: gooseberry, cloudberry, bilberry ... maybe that one's a bit too close to Burberry.
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Re: What's in a Name?

Sun Feb 05, 2012 12:59 am

Some more detail in an interview with Liz here (page 3).

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Re: What's in a Name?

Sun Feb 05, 2012 6:52 am

Just think, it might have been a Strawberry Cupcake or a Rhubarb Crumble.

(Note to self - need to at least specify languages "Cupcake" and "Crumble"...)
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Re: What's in a Name?

Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:11 am

There is a risk of confusing those names with an android OS

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Re: What's in a Name?

Mon Feb 06, 2012 4:51 pm

It's a tasty name, anyway. ^_^

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