Well, every term in the computer world has some weird
meaning, Flamingo isn't any different. It was originally
be used in art classes (and has been), so here is the meaning.
When I was in college, I used to ride a skateboard to class every
Sometimes I would balance on one foot as I rode, just for
friend, who was studying art said, "You look like a Flamingo!" and one
night sketched this picture for me. So I adopted that as the
name of the program and later on came up with the acronym.
I taught computer art classes which used Flamingo as one of
I told the class what Flamingo meant and some people laughed, but not
One student whom I later became friends with said, "I disliked you the
first few weeks after you told me what Flamingo meant." I
guess some people just don't have the same sense of humor as I.