Most sites use interesting and humorous chat room names related to their site topic, like

  • /dev/chat (Unix &Linux)
  • The DMZ (Security)
  • Root Access (Super User)
  • The 2nd Monitor (Code Review)
  • The Nineteenth Byte (Programming Puzzles & Code Golf)
  • The Bridge (Arqade)
  • The Heap - Consultancy (Database Admins)
  • The h Bar (Physics)
  • The Periodic Table (Chemistry)
  • The Maid Cafe (Anime & Manga)
  • The Hangar (Aviation)
  • The Frying Pan (Cooking)
  • etc.

Why do we have such a generic name like Ask Ubuntu General Room?

And could we eventually collect name proposals, vote on them and then finally change it?

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    I don't want to have to redo the advert for chat I made! :P
    – user364819
    Commented Apr 20, 2016 at 21:37
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    "The Year of the Linux Desktop Room" - that should last us for a few years :D (I'll see myself out...) Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 5:11
  • "The 2nd Monitor" would be funny since ubuntu doesn't seem to save monitor settings on reboot, i hope the new LTS fixes this. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 15:05
  • FYI Arquade is spelt Arqade (no u, so that it says arQAde) Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 1:35
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    UbuNuts? That would be fun
    – Mateo
    Commented Apr 25, 2016 at 20:49

24 Answers 24


How about Talk Ubuntu?

It shows that it is a channel for discussion rather than Q&A.

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    I like this too, I was just suggesting this. Ask Ubuntu and Talk Ubuntu go well together.
    – Mark Kirby
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 13:43
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    Previously, on AMC's Talking Dead....
    – user323419
    Commented Apr 27, 2016 at 21:31
  • Talk Ubuntu sounds a lot like askubuntu chat. Commented May 10, 2016 at 7:19
  • @HenryWHHack Thats the point, it fits well with Ask Ubuntu and is clear what it is :)
    – Mark Kirby
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 14:15
  • I don't like this. It's hardly different from what we already have ("Ask Ubuntu General Room") and it just doesn't feel like much of a name.
    – Seth
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 5:07

A suggestion with a variation:

  • apt-chat ubuntu
  • sudo apt-chat ubuntu
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    I like the chatty chupacabras, sound like an special Ubuntu Release :)
    – Videonauth
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 0:51
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    It would be easier to vote on a new name if you made one answer per proposal. So I'd put the chatty chupa-thing into a seperate post, the other two are similar enough IMO.
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 5:37
  • @ByteCommander I tried making an answer with the last 2 lines of this one, but it kept being submitted as a comment... Possibly for being too short? It was really strange. Also, I just saw this now, and 6 people already voted...
    – user474925
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 19:28
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    Actually 10 people voted, you currently have (+8 | -2)
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 19:31
  • Okay, I will submit another answer then, with the CC one
    – user474925
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 19:44
  • @ByteCommander alright, done.
    – user474925
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 19:46
  • @Videonauth you may one to vote here since I separated the suggestions.
    – user474925
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 19:46
  • What about apt-get chat?
    – don.joey
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 7:18

I'd like something along the lines of Oxwivi's answer, however just to throw in another one (perhaps a bit banal, fantasy is not my top strenght):

The Orange Room

It's Ubuntu's color and the room's color.

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    This isn't so bad.
    – Seth
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 17:12
  • @Seth Totally agreed
    – user527600
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 21:11
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    I'm backing this one 100%. Not to say the other suggestions weren't good enough but this keeps the "room" moniker in the title and still uniquely identifies us. Commented May 3, 2016 at 22:01
  • Is Ubuntu not purple? Commented May 10, 2016 at 7:30
  • What about The Orange Bar (mixing this answer with meta.askubuntu.com/a/16083/367990)?
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 12:25
  • I don't like Orange. Commented May 2 at 23:24
  • @WinEunuuchs2Unix Worry not, despite this QA name hasn't changed since 2016 (for whatever reason) :D
    – kos
    Commented May 3 at 3:07


It reflects the content of the chat.

My pronouns are He / Him

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    Pffffft Great, now I need to clean up my screen. Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 13:05
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    /dev/random or /dev/urandom?
    – luk3yx
    Commented Feb 16, 2017 at 2:49

Ubuntu comes in multiple flavours:

  • Ubuntu
  • Lubuntu
  • Kubuntu

So I suggest Chatbuntu.

  • ahem! This sounds a very nasty word in our language (Bengali).
    – Anwar
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 18:00
  • Chatubuntu.
    – Pandya
    Commented Feb 14, 2017 at 15:25

I think we've got a great opportunity in that the letter C was skipped in naming Ubuntu versions. I propose "Chatty Capybara"


Chatroom for Humans, maybe? Or at least something to that tone.

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    Yes, adapting the meaning of "Ubuntu" sounds like a nice idea to me. (Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers. - from ubuntu.com/about/about-ubuntu)
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 9:43
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    Of all the answers, so far, I like this idea most. "Chatroom for Humans" may not be the one but it is a good concept.
    – Mark Kirby
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 13:39
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    Ubuntu's motto is "Linux for Human beings", so maybe "chat for human beings"? It's kinda cool, but very hard to figure out what the topic is.. Probably should leave it either what it is or something else (mostly) obvious..
    – Seth
    Commented Apr 21, 2016 at 21:37

Not sure if this would be appreciated, but what if we renamed our chatroom every 6 months when a new release comes out and use the codename's animal and its living place as inspiration.


  • 14.04: The Tahr Mountain
  • 14.10: The Unicorn Sky
  • 15.04: The Vervet Savanna
  • 15.10: The Werewolf Moon
  • 16.04: The Xerus Tree
  • ...

I see that renaming the main room of a site that frequently is probably not too practical (posts mentioning the old name become obsolete, the must be a new meta poll for the next name every half a year, somebody of the moderators has to actually rename it, etc.).

However, I'm still proposing this without expecting too much, just to get your opinion and maybe inspire some of you to come up with a better, persistent name.

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    Alternatively we could also only switch the names for LTS releases, that would mean every two years. Probably a better compromise.
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 11:29
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    You didn't followed the official pattern, the 2 words should begin with the same letter. :( Commented Apr 22, 2016 at 23:57
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    Whenever we get around to 'Y': Ubuntu 0 LTS: Yakety Yard
    – Daniel
    Commented Apr 24, 2016 at 20:44
  • 'X' is a hard one to find a synonym for talk, chat, yak, etc. And unfortunately the next LTS release skips Y altogether. :-( But I love the idea! And "Yakety Yard" in particular. Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 1:00

Taco Tuesday

As per our fond love of tacos http://chat.stackexchange.com/search?q=Taco&room=201 , and of course the Ubuntu taco truck:

enter image description here

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    Why does Ubuntu have a taco truck? Or is that a taco truck running Ubuntu? Or an Ubuntu truck filled with tacos?
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Commented Apr 28, 2016 at 5:29
  • Tacos are awesome, but bacon is more awesome. Commented May 3, 2016 at 21:56

I like Onebree's idea, but I think that a single word is better and easier to type. So how about simply



Here's a second option. This time, piggy-backing off of Ryan:

  • Chatty Chupacabras

How about The progress bar? That punning both with the double meaning of bar (a place to buy alcohol or, often in computing, a progress bar) and progress since Ubuntu is the OS of the future etc, etc.

Sort of like this but without the ugly Windows overtones:

progress bar

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    What about The Orange Bar (mixing this answer with meta.askubuntu.com/a/15301/367990)?
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 12:25
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    Something going on? What's with the resurgence of this question? 🤔
    – muru
    Commented Sep 15, 2016 at 14:24

Quite frankly, I rather like that we have a staid name. It says: we have things to chat about, instead of spending time thinking of names for our chatroom.

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    You weren't this grumpy about the U&L chatroom name :P
    – cat
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 23:24
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    @cat at the time, one of my worries was that AU would do something like this. We didn't, and I was relieved.
    – muru
    Commented Apr 29, 2016 at 23:36
  • I agree. I don't see the need for a name change. My reasoning is here
    – Elder Geek
    Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 13:48

Following the trend of the various misspellings of Ubuntu, how about:


And, just in case the pun's not obvious:

ban·ter (băn′tər)


             Good-humored, playful, or teasing conversation.


I realize I'm late to the party here, but I've affectionately referred to The Ask Ubuntu General Chat Room as "The Water Cooler" as it's where I typically go to find someone who isn't too busy working to help! ;-) Be that as it may, I don't actually see the need for a new name for the room as the current name makes it easy to find. After reviewing something on the order of 5000 posts here, I would hesitate to add another level of confusion for members (new and old) to overcome.


In honor of Mark Shuttleworth, the creator of Ubuntu, I suggest to change the name to The Chattleworth.



Chatbuntu was suggested. But no one suggested Talkbuntu

It reflects on multi-flavor of Ubuntu


EDIT: I have a better idea

I suggest: apt-get moo

Old answer: I vote sudo apt-get chat or something similar.


The Sandwich Shop

or anything else related to making sandwiches.

Mandatory XKCD comic (sudo make me a sandwich)


The Well, I suggest.

  • Would you explain your idea a bit, please? I don't understand it...
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 14:26
  • That's where people met when they get their water.
    – hakre
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 21:16
  • Yes... I know what a well is, but I don't understand what this has to do with Ubuntu or this site?
    – Byte Commander Mod
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 21:18
  • Okay, that was not clear to me the way you asked. For the picture: it's pretty much a real life example of a chatroom (despite not indoor but normally outdoor, but I think there are indoor wells as well). It also symbolizes community
    – hakre
    Commented Apr 30, 2016 at 22:05


How about it? It can represent:


I suggest Talk with Human beings or Meet Humans



UbuntUsers Unite

sounds stupid XD


How about Ubuntu Chats? I'ts a great idea.. (il sort myself out)

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    – user527600
    Commented Apr 23, 2016 at 21:09
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    I did, all four of them. Kidding, didn't vote on it :) Commented Apr 26, 2016 at 19:45

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