Owen wrote:
On Fri, 29 Sep 2006 06:54:48 -0600
"Roland Hordos" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:

While all other credible opensource projects are gaining ground in a
professional IT setting, the GIMP is being held back because of the
instant derogatory impact of the name.  If someone who can champion this
task reads this, please humble yourself for the sake of this amazing
software that some of us are embarrassed to promote, or simply won't
until the name is changed.

I am amazed and have never followed this up. In what language is Gimp an 
derogatory term? Certainly has no meaning in my language

What is your language?

In English 'gimp' is defined to mean both someone who has a physical deformity that results in a limp - see definitions 3 and 4 at http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/gimp or the fifth entry in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimp, or any of several entries at http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/gimp

I've also heard it used for side-show freaks who like to do things like hammer nails up their nostrils.

I suspect it might just be an issue local to a country, like durex is a condom 
in the UK, sticky tape here

well - it's probably only an issue in English speaking countries (at least Canada and the US), but still...

I must admit that when I've told non-open source users the name of the image manipulation app I use, a lot of people haven't taken it seriously because of the name.

I'm not 100% sure I'd suggest a name change, but I must agree that there is probably a large portion of the population who would take the project less seriously because of the current name, and a small portion of the population who would be actively offended by the current name.

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