What’s in a Name? Linux, Ubuntu, Linux Ubuntu, or Ubuntu Linux?

[Part of a series: see also GNU,Linux, or GNU/Linux? and Gnubuntu or Ubuntu?]

I presented some thoughts on “Linux” and “GNU/Linux” in a recent post What’s in a name? GNU, Linux, or GNU/Linux?, trying to make the case to use “Linux” in preference to “GNU/Linux.”

You face a similar choice when writing a post about Ubuntu. You want “Ubuntu” to appear in the title, both to grab the reader’s attention and to make the post more likely to be singled out by web search engines such as Google.

But if you look at my posts about Ubuntu you should also find “Linux” in the title. Here’s why I do that.

If I write a post about a specific experience using Ubuntu and I think much of the content applies to other Linux distributions such as Novell’s SuSE or Debian then I include “Linux” in the title, too. For example, topics such as such as configuring a particular piece of hardware for Ubuntu, or building your own computer to run Ubuntu, have this property.

See for example my first such hardware post, Workaround for problems configuring LeadTek Winfast TV2000 tuner for KdeTv on OpenSUSE 10.2 and Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn.

Oops! My bad. There’s no “Linux” there. I should have added it to the end. I could fix it now, but I as noted in another post, On Choosing the Title of a Blog Post, you shouldn’t change the title of a blog post once you have published it.

But this was back in June, just as I was starting to learn about Ubuntu. I was more consistent after that. See for example Building and Configuring Ubuntu Linux on the ASUS Terminator T1-C3 Intel Socket 370 VIA C3 800MHz n-board VIA CLE266 Barebone Computer, , On Building, Buying, or Recycling a Computer to Run Ubuntu Linux and Building your own Linux Ubuntu computer using the ECS GeForce 6100SM-M motherboard.

I noted a comment recently on a site that linked to the last post cited that criticized my use of “Linux Ubuntu” instead of “Ubuntu Linux.” I agree — I should have been a bit more careful in picking the title, but at least I got both names in.

I like to keep things simple. For example, given the choices “GNU”, “GNU/Linux” and “Linux” I use just “Linux”; given the choices “Linux,” Ubuntu,” “Linux Ubuntu” or “Ubuntu Linux” I use “Ubuntu Linux.” That should be simple to remember.

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