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Kernel.org shares some cute e-mails

Should the Linux kernel be renamed the Linux "colonel" due to its prowess?That cute suggestion, which was e-mailed to kernel.
Written by Paula Rooney, Contributor on

Should the Linux kernel be renamed the Linux "colonel" due to its prowess?

That cute suggestion, which was e-mailed to kernel.org last September, was shared at this week's LinuxCon by Linux Foundation fellow John "Warthog9" Hawley, who gave a state of the union on the organization.

Seriously, this is what this person wrote to the webmaster at kernel.org.

"I've been using linux for years (since Red Hat  4, i think).  But I just thought - after all this time - why is the "kernel" called that?  A "kernel" is just a little, potentially not even viable, grain of vegetative material. Why not call it the "Colonel?" A Colonel is almost a flag officer, with semi-executive capabilities, etc. - altogether cooler that a mere "kernel," which mostly connotes an unpopped grain of corn. Huh?"  

No, it doesn't look like Hawley made it up. He was kind enough to shield the writer's name.

I'd love for Linus Torvalds to weigh in on that one -- as well as this recent blanket e-mail granting Linux the coveted Famous Software Award -- one that will be treasured for years.

"Hello, Congratulations!

Your product "Linux Kernel  (http://download.famouswhy.com/linux_kernel/)" has been granted the "Famous Software Award" by Download.FamousWhy.com.

The Famous Software Award has been initiated by  

Download.FamousWhy.com to recognize "Famous Software", which come up with innovative and efficient ways to reflect the best relationship with users assuring their satisfaction."

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