As some of you may have noticed there have been rumours going through
this list about a pending name change. I've already discussed this with
many of you but so far there haven't been any official announcements so
As soon as the java.net-to-kenai migration completes we are going to be
changing our name to:
There are many reasons for this. First of all we no longer are a SIP
only Communicator since now we also love Jingle ;). Second, many people
have been finding the "SIP Communicator" name too long and clumsy to
carry around. Personally I've often had to repeat it at least twice when
introducing it to new users.
Picking a new name has not been an easy task. We've had many discussions
offlist and, as one can imagine, everyone had their own preferences.
Finally however there seemed to be something that looked a lot like
consensus around Jitsi :).
Here's the list of conditions that the new name had to satisfy:
* be short and easy to remember
* have free .org, .net, .im domains ( .com would have been nice but not
* have a meaning related to communication
* be easy to reproduce graphically
* have a relatively low number of specific Google references
Jitsi seemed to be a perfect hit:
* .net, .org, .im domains are not-taken (.com seems busy but that's the
only downside and it's not that much of an issue anyways)
* means "wires" in Bulgarian or in other words: essential
communication media. Just as wires connect you to multiple locations,
Jitsi/SIP Communicator connects you to multiple networks.
* means something in a foreign non-popular language which is kind of
cool in just the same way "Ubuntu" is
* can be very easily represented graphically and the logo would be
recognizable and also easy to relate to what the application is doing.
* has around 45 K references on google but all with very very diverse
meanings (very often nicknames actually which means people seem to like
So there it is. It's out. Hope you like it!