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Shouldn't this entry be titled just plain "Lucent"?[edit]

Since this entry deals only with the Lucent years, wouldn't it make more sense to title it "Lucent"? It's very disorienting to click a link to "Lucent Technologies" on the "Alcatel-Lucent" page and end up at another article titled "Alcatel-Lucent".


I suggest to remove this section almost entirely based on wild speculations. mikka (t) 17:48, 3 October 2005 (UTC)

Who is "I" in this section? Deleted unless someone sees reason to keep it.

Who wrote this?[edit]

After the sixth paragraph, it looks like the text was copied and pasted directly from some promotional literature. There's even a reference to "we." Blatantly POV.

I found almost the exact text in this Lucent press release in the "About Lucent" section.

Then others like yourself should rewrite it. The whole company profile should not be removed just because someone made a stupid mistake.

Wow - shameless advertising?[edit]

Recommend deletion of page unless it is cleaned up... Mostly copied and pasted from promotional material!

Neutrality Restored[edit]

I have deleted/severely edited questionable material on this page. I see it fit to be declared neutral. KansasCity 15:27, 20 February 2006 (UTC)

may as well make it more sadly interesting[edit]

As long as there is mention of Lucent looking at Juniper and then deciding to make their own router. It should be mentioned that Lucent's own router was soon cancelled after acquiring the Massachusetts based comapny Nexabit which had more vaporware than hardware, wherein shortly there after, that router was also cancelled.


From back page of IEEE Internet Computing, Volume 1, Number 2, March-April 1997 I think this technology is amazing and should be mentioned (I'm not a good writer though)

The text:

Introducing (drumroll) Inferno networking software... a new Bell Labs innovation. First operating system that lets all kinds of devices chat or share info with each other over any network (Internet, telecommunications, LANS, et al). Now the video game can talk to the computer; cell phone can access e-mail; voice mail via TV, etc. (Really) Download Inferno from Lucent home page today - develop apps a.s.a.p. Could change the way you work - all together.

see Talk:Inferno (operating system)


Why is the type labled as defunct? I am pretty sure Lucent is still active. I don't know what goes in that field, but I am pretty sure it's not defunct... —Preceding unsigned comment added by BreakDecks (talkcontribs) 15:31, 4 June 2008 (UTC)

It is now part of another company, one called Alcatel-Lucant. Lucent Technologies no longer exists, hence is is 'defunct'. (talk) 18:10, 12 September 2008 (UTC)
You say it's defunct, yet this article talks about how, "Today Lucent has 30,500 employees." This article really should be deleted. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:38, 13 December 2008 (UTC)


This seems to be an excellent source of information surrounding the history and legacy of the Lucent logo. I'm leaving this note for myself (mostly) to return and incorporate it into the article. //Blaxthos ( t / c ) 01:08, 23 January 2010 (UTC)

Lucent Definity is up for deletion[edit]

Just a public service notice to let interested parties know that Lucent Definity is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedia's deletion policy. Ottawahitech (talk) 19:03, 1 December 2012 (UTC)

Disagreement - The origin of the name Lucent[edit]

I really think this should be included.

The person who removed it wrote: (Removed irrelevant conspiratorial ramblings.)

Lucent is said to mean "light-bearing"[1] which is also a meaning of Lucifer (from lux, 'light', and ferre, 'to bear'[2]) which is the main character of Dante's Inferno, a poem which was used to name aspects of Lucent's OS, Inferno - Dis, Limbo, Charon and Styx.

1. Lucent's Inferno_(operating_system) says: "The name of the operating system and many of its associated programs, as well as that of the current company, were inspired by Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy." To be precise they were from Dante's Inferno poem. (not from other parts, such as about Paradise) This is very established.

2. From an official source, Lucent is said to mean "light-bearing". It speaks about the designers of the logo, Landor.

3. This is an exact meaning of Lucifer - (from lux, 'light', and ferre, 'to bear')

4. Lucifer is a character of something their early main product , the Inferno OS, was based on - Dante's Inferno poem.

5. The initial release of Inferno is said to be 1996. Lucent "...was established on September 30, 1996". So the namings seemed to be done at about the same time.

6. It is merely about a favorite poem. Nothing to do with the supernatural.

7. The mascot of another OS, Free BSD, appears to be some kind of devil (a "daemon" they call Beastie) - this shows that the possibility of something being controversial (e.g. connections between Lucent and Lucifer) doesn't disprove its possibility. Lucent, the Inferno ad and BSD all have links to Bell Labs.

8. "In 2000, the founders of Vita Nuova Holdings Ltd obtained exclusive rights to the Inferno operating system." Even though their name may not have originated at about the same time as Inferno and Lucent did, it "is the title of an early work by Dante."

Lucent comes from the same root as Lucifer in the sense of "light", but it has nothing to do with Lucifer and certainly not Dante. The USA at that time still had its knickers in a twist over the Proctor & Gamble "666" logo. Even the branding experts that gave us Dracula's beermat / the coffee cup circle of creativity logo wouldn't have touched a diabolically-based name. We had a concrete swastika on the wall, but no-one messes with the Bible Belt.
Geeks being geeks, the Ed Wood-inspired Plan 9 people dug out their own Dante references quite independently.
The "light bearing" should go back, but the Dante should be clearer that it only applied to Plan 9. Andy Dingley (talk) 03:48, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
Lucent comes from the same root as Lucifer in the sense of "light" - you are ignoring the fact that according to an offical source, Lucent means "light-bearing". Not simply light - "light-bearing".
but it has nothing to do with Lucifer The name "Lucifer" comes from lux (light) and ferre (to bear) - in other words the same exact meaning.
certainly not Dante "Certainly"? At least 5 aspects of their OS are based on names from Dante's Inferno - how can you be "certain" that their company name has nothing to do with Dante's Inferno - the origin of the company and Inferno happened around the same time (1996). BTW Lucifer is the main character in that poem.
The USA at that time still had its knickers in a twist over the Proctor & Gamble "666" logo This isn't proof that there could be no connection between the character Lucifer in the poem and Lucent. Zephyr103 (talk) 04:04, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
Brush up your Latin. Lucent and Lucifer aren't the same word or meaning, even in a pre-Christian sense. Lucifer means "the light bearer", i.e. a person or actor. Lucent means "containing light" (or "bearing light", although "containing" is (AFAIR) more idiomatically correct),
But the official source didn't say "containing light" - it said "light-bearing".... on the Internet this exact phrase is commonly linked to Lucifer.
but in an adjectival sense. There is a derivation from a common root, but there is no derivation via the Christian Lucifer.
I'm talking about Dante's poem - who said this had anything to do with Christianity?
Inferno is simply later, and was influenced by the company name. At the time of the Bell -> Lucent rename, it was Plan 9. Andy Dingley (talk) 04:09, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
Both Lucent and Inferno started in about 1996.
First of all, you can't source the Lucent article from the Plan 9 article.
Lucent was behind Inferno and they originated at about the same time (1996) see the thumbnail of the ad. thumbnail
Secondly, the " many of its associated programs, as well as that of the current company" part is a reference to Vita Nuova, who now own the rights to Inferno. This has nothing to do with Lucent (different company), although that text certainly isn't clear. Secondly, Vita Nuova is a rather obvious pun and also although it's a Dante reference, it's to Vita Nuova itself, not to the Divine Comedy. Andy Dingley (talk) 03:59, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
I'm talking about 1996 when Lucent began. Current events are somewhat irrelevant. It is interesting that Dante is still an influence. I wouldn't expect a whole new company created years later to still be using names from Dante's Inferno.
  • Personally I'd also want to note that our business cards all had the byline "Bell Labs Innovations". When you rebrand the company, but have to put the old company name back on there as a byline so that people know what you do and who you used to be, then someone has screwed up badly. Andy Dingley (talk) 04:02, 8 January 2014 (UTC)
But the ad for Inferno clearly involved Lucent - and their logo.
"Removed irrelevant conspiratorial ramblings" - "irrelevant"? It is about the name of Lucent - in a section about the name of Lucent. It is about another word with the same meaning that happens to be part of a clear theme in the company - Dante's Inferno. "conspiratory"? Perhaps the only "conspiracy" is that people keep wanting to ignore it - as if this somehow proves that the devil is real or something... it is just a poem! "ramblings"? It included many links - e.g. to an official source about the company name meaning, to a web page about the meaning of "ferre" ("to bear"), links to many relevant wikipedia pages, etc.

  • OK, if you're going to embed honking great images and to hatchet up my posts so that they can no longer be read, then there's no point in wasting time on you. Goodbye. Andy Dingley (talk) 04:11, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

I assumed the file link would just be a link, not the whole image. I just had 2 largish images there! I've changed it into a thumbnail. Unless you can explain away my counter-arguments I think it is fair for the earlier content about the name to be restored. If you are unable to sustain a short discussion about this it shows that you aren't really interested in whether or not my noticing of the link between Dante's Inferno and "light-bearing" is there. I'm just saying there's a link concerning a poem. I'm not saying it proves they are Satan worshippers. I don't even believe in Satan or the supernatural. Zephyr103 (talk) 04:22, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Carly Fiorina[edit]

Wow, there's a big omission from this article. Andy Dingley (talk) 11:30, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Logo broken links - AIGA[edit]

For the reference that is current number 7 in the article, the url is: THIS and the label is "AIGA | 404". Reference number 9 has the same url but the label is " …. "AIGA | Inspiration". Retrieved April 25, 2013." That url seems to be broken. (No mention of Lucent seems to be there)

I found another article about the logo on AIGA... the url is THIS Zephyr103 (talk) 06:13, 11 January 2014 (UTC)

More logo speculation[edit]

this article talks about speculation about the origin and meaning of the logo. A lot of the speculation there is repeated in the Lucent page except for things like this:

Some saw darker things in the Lucent logo, in much the same way that conspiracy theorists had attributed satanic characteristics to Procter and Gamble’s “Man in the Moon” symbol. One writer noted that, “to occultists, the circle represents their satanic deity, the great and fearsome Solar Serpent. The fiery, red sun, or circle, is his image ... How interesting that the logo for Lucent Technologies is a red circle.”

This is suggesting that this view is shared by a few people ("some" and "to occultists"). Though I think the case for Procter and Gamble's logo is ridiculous.

Edit: The origin of the quote about "one writer" seems to be by Texe Marrs Though Texe Marrs isn't a very good source the article that quoted him seems to be.

That Texe Marrs link also mentioned that apparently Lucent had their offices in 666 Fifth Avenue, NY. Zephyr103 (talk) 03:35, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

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Did Nokia absorb Lucent or was it Lucent that absorbed Nokia?[edit]

There is a claim that Lucent had absorbed Nokia between 1998 and 2001 using shares that Motorola had acquired and sold to George Soros. This is in Risto Johnson's book "Maa jota ei ole: Tuhat yötä Billin ja Hillaryn lumemaassa" p. 253. The weird thing is that this claim is in a section that holds information about year 2001 but the book is printed in 1998.Dancing Mickey Mouse (talk) 18:09, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

Murray Hill facility features[edit]

The reason for Murray Hill facility's anechoic and copper features would be a great extension to this article. The article says that the facility was built in 1940. A reason for the anechoic property is audiology research and a rationale for copper roof is insulation. A cold war years research that could use these two properties is one that combines the functioning of ear and radio signalling. This combination is present in idiosyncratic shocks which can be created using two different channels to convey information that has overlapping content. There are indications showing that this technology was available already in the early 1960s and definitely in the middle of the 1970s. Bell was a corporation that studied information in general fashion like the work by Claude E. Shannon and Warren Weaver The Mathematical Theory of Communication shows. See also ITT Corporation and Ben Verwaayen.Dancing Mickey Mouse (talk) 19:06, 6 October 2016 (UTC)

A rational expectations and Lucent technology connection[edit]

There is an interesting possible connection between Lucent technology and Rational Expectations paradigm. Hans Blix's father Magnus Blix was a hyaluronic acid researcher and his son's Mårten Blix's doctoral thesis is about Rational Expectations and regime shifts. Warren Weaver is known for his research between natural and human languages and this kind of translation between artificial and natural systems is necessary for this technology. The article should mention Lucent Technologies' innovations as well.Dancing Mickey Mouse (talk) 19:31, 6 October 2016 (UTC)