On Sun, 12 Dec 2004, Carol Spears wrote:

> Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2004 08:51:34 -0800
> From: Carol Spears <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: Alan Horkan <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>,
> Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] Why not allow the name to be configurable?
>     [was [Bug 160890] Change Gimp name (fwd)]
> i have a question for you; you don't need to answer it to anyone but
> yourself.  what does the word gimp mean to you and where ever could you
> have come up with this meaning?

One of the meanings I associate with the the word gimp is lame or
crippled (it is a dictionary definition of the term).

the other you have already mentioned

> when i hear the word gimp, i get a chuckle from a media image that some
> pack of film geniuses inbedded into our collective language lately.

I must say the name doesn't bother me very much but I'm not the only one
who would prefer a differnt name, it was brought up recently on the user
mailing list, and a bug report was filed and I didn't see the harm in
allowing users to change the name if they really wanted to (and they still
can if they are the kind of person who knows how to compile their own
software, but that rules out most normal users).

> with this sort of cord: http://www.boondoggleman.com/what_is_it.htm

Until now I was totally unaware that the term gimp also had that meaning.
That idea could have been used to come up with a very interesting splash
screen but I don't think anyone picked up on the idea.

> i am becoming confusing again.  i am sorry.  let me try to sum it up
> this way:  what gives you the right to inflict your perversions on a
> group of developers like that?

If you look again I am not trying to inflict anything on anyone.
I do not apprecaite the implication that I'm perverted, if anything I
would prefer to have a neutral word that has none of those connotations.

Most importantly I was not asking for the project to change name and not
seeking to impose a new name on anyone else but merely asking why it was
would not be acceptable to make it easier for those who would like to
change the name for themselves.

> if you have a problem with the name, perhaps you should fix yourself.

The name doesn't stop me using the GNU Image Manipulation Program, but it
it is one more thing getting in the way of convincing other people to
try it.

> leave bugzilla for software problems.

I didn't file the bug report.  Please do take a look at it first and read
my other posts if you feel it is still necessary to reply to this message.


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