[erlang-questions] Time for OTP to be Renamed?

Valentin Micic <>
Wed Feb 12 23:18:27 CET 2014

Are you sure that  'T' in OTP stands for "Telephony"?
I've been under an impression it stood for "Telecommunications" or "Telecoms".
And I agree -- it is trivial, and do not agree that naming is everything... otherwise, no-one sane will name a computer company after a fruit.


> On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 11:04 PM, kraythe . <> wrote:
> I am a newbie to Erlang so pardon if the question comes off as impertinent. However, as I read more into OTP and see the power it has, I am more and more irked by its name. The Open Telephony Platform seems to be a little limited and I wonder if it would put off people trying to adopt Erlang for other use cases. 
> I am wondering wouldn't it be better to call it the Open Technology Platform? The same initials can be used, but the understanding would be that the platform would be a general purpose library (which it is) useful for many endeavors, not just writing a phone switch. 
> Sure it might seem trivial but any marketing guy will tell you, naming is sometimes everything. So am I nuts here? 
> Robert Simmons Jr. MSc.
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