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Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Project name

From: Christophe De Wagter
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Project name
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 16:34:37 +0200

Not an easy one this: PPRZ

Pretty Powerful Research autopilotZ ?
Powerful Project for (the control of) Robot droneZ

or since it originated in France:
Pilote Pour Recherches Zaeriennes


On Sun, Jul 26, 2015 at 2:01 PM, Andreas Philipp <address@hidden> wrote:
Thanks for reply,

I fully agree that another change of the name does not make sense since it is established for so long now (only think of all the references in the web, code and lliterature). Of course I am happy to use the abbreviation PPRZ, however it would be just nice to have an explanation of what it means or why it gets this name. Of course one can just say "name doesn't matter, it's just a name", however, the original name "PaparaDzIY" just makes one curious, and may be there is already an explanation for the meaning of the letters of PPRZ, regardless how meaningfull  ...


Am 26.07.2015 um 13:35 schrieb Gautier Hattenberger:

About the naming of the project (PaparaDzIY and then Paparazzi, probably for simplicity), I will let Antoine Drouin answer himself if he wants to, since he's one of the father of the project.
I recall hearing this kind of discussion for as long as the project exists. In a way, it clearly foreseen one of the biggest "issue" with personal micro-uav flights.
I don't mind having discussion about the name, but it is not necessarily a good idea to change it since after 10 years people actually know it.
By the way, the "official" short name used in the code is usually PPRZ. Also, I personally prefer names with a "story" rather than acronyms just to give a meaning to something that don't need it. And avoid yet an other "OpenSomething"...

Gautier Hattenberger
Enac UAV Lab

Le 26/07/2015 11:11, Andreas Philipp a écrit :

I am wondering about the projects name "paparazzi" which might be funny but is hard to explain in scientific talks, to public authorities or to people who are sceptic about "drones" anyway.

Does anybody know the meaning of the original name of the project "PaparaDzIY" ( and how and why it changed? I searched in the wiki for any hint on the meaning of the original name but didn't find any further explanation (might be added to the FAQ page then).

It might be possible to use an official abbreviation consisting of some letters as an alternative to "paparazzi" (e.g. PPZ or PDIY from the original name) if the single letters would have a (preferably technical) meaning which can be explained (like Partially Piloted Zigzag flying vehicle, just joking). Such an (more serious) acronym would help a lot ... would this be reasonable for the project maintainers?


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