Is there anything to naming schemes?

As a result of the rapidity with which I’ve changed naming schemes over the years, I’ve got machines named all sorts of wacky things.  Here’s the current rundown:

  • gateway – the Dell OptiPlex GX1 router, named because it’s the default gateway for the LAN
  • UglyDuckling – the Sun Ultra60 workstation, named because it was an Ugly Duckling special at
  • Nightstalker – my old 2003 Alienware Area51, named because it was black.
  • Horde – my new 2009 Alienware Area51, named because the case colors are the colors of the Orcs in World of Warcraft (Orc skin green and Horde banner Red).
  • HomelyGosling – Sun Enterprise 420R, named by Chad.
  • dustpuppy – 4U x86 Linux server, named for the sentient dustball character from the geek Comic UserFriendly.
  • marlene – my mom’s windoze XP box, named for the female Asian Otter character on Penguins of Madagascar.
  • mort – my new Dell OptiPlex GX1 soon-to-be-router, named for the mouse lemur character in the Madagascar franchise.

Since I tend to change interests frequently, I end up with oddly-named machines.  The names they get depend on what I’m into at the time I set the box up.  The machines in age order:

  1. dustpuppy – CentOS 5.4 with all the Red Hat artwork added back in
  2. Nightstalker – Windows XP Pro
  3. gateway – ClarkConnect Community Edition
  4. UglyDuckling – Solaris 10
  5. Horde – Windows 7 Home Premium / CentOS 5.4
  6. HomelyGosling – Nothing right now – eventually Solaris 10
  7. marlene – Windows XP Pro
  8. mort – CentOS 5.4, probably with all the Red Hat artwork added back in.

The upper/lower case depends on whether the OS installers support case-sensitive hostnames.  DNS isn’t case sensitive but some systems allow for mixed-case host and domain names.  I like the original Red Hat artwork better than I like the CentOS stuff, so I grab the SRPMS from the Red Hat site and just compile and install them myself.

So how do you peoples name your boxen?  Do you guys have any rhyme or reason?

  1. #1 by Joshua on March 22, 2010 - 11:30 AM

    Here’s a snippet of me diagnosing a network problem with our nntp server:

    green [imbrius@dustpuppy news]$ sudo /usr/sbin/tcpdump port 119 and host
    tcpdump: verbose output suppressed, use -v or -vv for full protocol decode
    listening on eth0, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 96 bytes
    12:28:40.328346 IP &rt; S 3374202730:3374202730(0) win 65535 <mss 1460,nop,nop,sackOK&rt;
    12:28:43.214181 IP &rt; S 3374202730:3374202730(0) win 65535 <mss 1460,nop,nop,sackOK&rt;
    12:28:49.229637 IP &rt; S 3374202730:3374202730(0) win 65535 <mss 1460,nop,nop,sackOK&rt;

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