How do we know that the word "Gnu" is not offensive in some schools in
some culture in some language? Also, the word "manipulation" has
negative connotations for some people in some cultures ..
On Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 10:55 PM, Liam R. E. Quin <l...@holoweb.net> wrote:
> On Wed, 2015-04-08 at 12:58 -0500, Sam Bagot wrote:
>> A product called Gimp can't be used [in schools]
> Although GIMP can be used in at least some schools, I agree with your
> These conversations always seem to run the same course:
> A: the name GIMP is offensive to me, or to people with whom I work. B:
> No. The name GIMP is not offensive.
> A: yes it is.
> B: It doesnt offend me, and your opinion doesn't matter to me. A: We
> like the name. Bye.
> For my own part I have some hesitation - for example, I am not about
> to go to a meeting on making the Web accessible to people with special
> needs while wearing a "GIMP" tee-shirt, and obviously can't promote
> GIMP usage too openly at work. If it was called "Wilber", or maybe
> "Nazi" or "Spic" or "Hun"... hmm, no, not those last three perhaps,
> but Wilber would be OK.
> The "brand" argument doesn't really cut much ice - plenty of other
> Free and proprietary applications have been renamed in the past, and
> the publicity can increase visibility.
> Maybe instead of GIMP 3.0 we could have a Goat Rainbow 1.0 or
> But then you get into endless discussions about the name.
> In the meantime, for school use, could you refer to the program as the
> GNU Image Manipulation Program, and if people comment on GIMP explain
> it's short for the longer name as that's too long to use everywhere?
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