The next release of Elementary OS was named as Elementary OS Isis for quite some time. In Greek mythology, Isis is the goddess of health marriage and love. While the first Elementary OS release was named Jupiter, King of gods in Roman mythology, the current Elementary OS Luna is named after Roman mythology goddess Luna.
But last week, Elementary OS announced that the upcoming release will be called Freya, based on Norse goddess of love and beauty. This is done to avoid any controversy as ISIS (Islamic State In Iraq and Syria) is a ruthless terrorist group waging war in Iraq and Syria.
As Cassidy James wrote on Elementary OS blog:
While Isis worked well, there is currently an active militant group in Iraq and Syria commonly known as “ISIS” (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria). elementary obviously has no ties to that group—and we don’t think people will get us confused—but we want to both recognize the ongoing turmoil and choose a less controversial name.
In my opinion, there was no real need of changing the name as people are not that naive to think that Elementary OS is any how linked to ISIS just because it has Isis in its name. What do you think? Is the name change a right step?