On Sat, 30 Sep 2006, Sven Neumann wrote:

> Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2006 00:32:04 +0200
> From: Sven Neumann <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> To: Roland Hordos <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Cc: "gimp-user@lists.XCF.Berkeley.EDU" <gimp-user@lists.XCF.Berkeley.EDU>
> Subject: RE: [Gimp-user] Please Change the Derogatory Name
> Hi,
> On Fri, 2006-09-29 at 12:38 -0600, Roland Hordos wrote:
> > "While all other credible opensource projects are gaining ground in a
> > professional IT setting, the GIMP is being held back in the English
> > speaking world because of the instant derogatory impact of the name.
> > Gimp is a term in common culture that refers to a disabled person in a
> > demeaning way."
> Sigh. All major commercial Linux distributors in the English speaking
> world include the GNU Image Manipulation Program. Most of them even
> print the acronym on the box or mention it prominently in the product
> description.

That doesn't necessarily mean they would not prefer another name or find
it easier to promote.  The most appropriate people to ask would be an
accessibility group including native English speakers.

> If you have a look at the IT section of any major book store, you will
> find books about GIMP. I think you are by far overestimating the
> derogatory impact.

Maybe but we should all understand there is a derogatory impact and it
does offend some amount of people and does make some people uncomfortable
promoting the software because this issue comes up every so often.

Now maybe it is impractical to do much about it but Sven previously
made it very clear he very much wants to keep the name and does not
want to encourage anyone to change it either.

I don't think anyone would fork a program over just the name but at the
moment that seems to be the only option available to people who dislike
the name.


Alan Horkan

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