Ensemble gets some juju!
The project with working title Ensemble, will make its first release under the name juju as part of Ubuntu 11.10’s Universe collection of packages. We will have a series of planned 11.10 Stable Release Updates for juju throughout the push to 12.04 LTS, which will mark the first enterprise release of the product.
Juju is the word for “magic” in the same African languages from which the term Ubuntu comes. Formulas will become charms (such magic is conducted with charms) and Principia will become the Charm Collection.
Why the name change?
While we liked the sophistication and refinement that went along with the name “Ensemble”, we were struggling to find a cohesive link between the tool itself, “formulas” for deployment, and “Principia” (the shared collection of formulas we want to grow a community around). All three were great names by themselves, but when combined didn’t connect well as a whole. First we considered going for a more music focused theme, with formulas becoming “collaborations” “chords” or “sheets” for example. However, given there’s already the Ubuntu Orchestra project, we felt like we might be taking the music theme too far, plus we were already having confusion around the two because of the name similarities. So we decided to go with something that had a bit of excitement and “punch” to it, that could also represent the same fun we’ve found folks having when using our project. We figured it should represent the complexities and mystery that often surround those skilled in the DevOps field, and be something that played on the same “u” sound and etymology as Ubuntu. Thus, “juju” was born!
When will the change happen?
Immediately! We’ve already created juju.ubuntu.com, with a redirect from ensemble.ubuntu.com in place. We also have the irc channel #juju reserved on freenode, and will soon rename the mailing list to firstname.lastname@example.org. Over the next week, we’ll update documentation, the associated Launchpad projects and teams, the code itself, and update the packages in Oneiric. Everything will be done and ready for testing in the Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 2 release. We’ll follow that up with updating the charms and will make new cloud.ubuntu.com related screencasts where feasible. For the record nothing else is changing, but the naming…the code and formulas will behave the same.
If you run into any problems or having any questions, please send them to me or post to email@example.com.
Robbie Williamson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
On behalf of the juju development team