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historical trivia

    Date: Tue, 27 Apr 1993 11:13 EDT
    From: s9274@srl1.LANL.GOV

    What is the origin of the name "Genera?" Is it the simple plural of
    "genus," or is there more to it? Was "Genera" introduced with 6.0, or
    was it earlier?

The first release of Genera was 7.0.

It is indeed the plural of "genus", but was also intended to suggest
the notion of "generic" as in a "generic function" (rather than the
connotation of "cheap non-name brand").  I don't remember who came up
with the name.  Some didn't like it, some did.