About the whole naming issue.

I feel that, for me at least, I would like for the Gimp to have a
different name.  This is not because I think that the current name
might be taken offensively, but rather because I find many cute names
convey a lack of seriousness.

I remember recently attending a local club for photography
enthusiasts.  The question came up of what image editing software
various people used.  Photoshop was a frequent answer, as one would
anticipate, as were a number of other Windows based tools.  I made
mention of the Gimp, and people looked at me rather peculiarly.  I
went on to mention that it was a very powerful application and
completely free, but beyond their bewilderment, not even a bit of
interest was expressed.

Now, not to cheer for the other guys, but had my image editor of
choice been Pixel, I might have gotten an entirely different reaction
because of the name.  Even Krita, which connotes nothing but sounds
kinda trendy would probably elicited a different kind of reaction.
But Gimp?  I might as well have been promoting a tool called

A cute name just doesn't spell for me the kind of future user
penetration I would like for the Gimp to have.  Names do have value -
do you think an image editor called 'Snuggles' would gain much
traction with serious photo professionals?  I don't, because just like
'the Gimp', it conveys a tool that doesn't take itself seriously.




On 1/2/07, George Farris <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> On Fri, 2006-22-12 at 21:11 -0800, > I really do think we need to find a
> better, less offensive name for GIMP,
> > > and the sooner the better, so that we can put energy into supporting it,
> > > and doing whatever we can to extend it's use instead of periodically
> having
> > > this disagreement.
> >
> > Yes *points at best post in thread*
> >
> OK, look here is the real fact, bar none. Only the person who utters a
> phrase, let me say that again "THE PERSON WHO UTTERS A PHRASE" in a
> derogatory manor is the real issue here.  Words mean nothing until hey
> are said in a derogatory manor.
> GIMP means nothing to anyone until the person saying it gives it
> meaning.  We mean it to be a graphics program.  If you went to a
> handicapped person and showed them the GIMP and explained what it was
> they would think nothing of it, unless they were used to using the word
> in a derogatory manor themselves, shouting it out at other people.
> These people are not worth changing the name for to put it bluntly.
> Cheers
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