Top 10 Weirdest Names for Open Source Projects

In the early stages of developing a new open source project, most developers rarely take the time to think about their future branding strategy. After all, a great idea, top notch code, and a passionate following are the winning formula when you’re getting a project underway.

However the name you choose for your project can play a role in picking up a loyal following and attracting the curious.

Names have power. They indicate tone and the intent. They can, if chosen well, inspire and unify action. They’re an important part of a project’s brand and tone of voice.

Names set expectations. Your project’s name should present its purpose in the ecosystem and explain to potential users what your story is. In the jam-packed open source community, it’s important not to get your eye off the ball and be distracted by other projects. Instead, stick to your roots and do what you love.

The folks behind these creative projects assembled below took the name creation to a new level. In our quest to bring you the latest and greatest in the open source world, we have sought out some of the strangest and cleverest open source project names that you’ve probably never heard of but really should check out.


This Apache project claims to be the “#1 Enterprise Open-Source Spam Filter.” It uses a wide variety of methods to identify and block spam, and it works with nearly all mail servers.


Snort claims to be the “most widely deployed IDS/IPS technology worldwide. They detect a wide variety of attacks, including buffer overflows, stealth port scans, CGI attacks, SMB probes, OS fingerprinting attempts, and much more.


Short for “BackUp And Restore Program,” BURP is a network backup solution based on librsync. It is designed to be easier to (Read more...)

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