Re: [Gimp-developer] Gimp in private schools and educational institutions

On 04/15/2015 08:19 AM, Joao S. O. Bueno wrote:
On 15 April 2015 at 05:40, Simon Budig <simon budig de> wrote:

No. It would only play into the hands we already have with fake
packagers who sell Gimp without mentioning the Gimp brand name and
without mentioning that Gimp is available for free as well.

Indeed -
Mr. Bagot -
I think the best approach you have is write the Software name in full
in all possible instances
(e-mails, documents, letters, etc...) - just write "GNU Image
Manipulation Program" - and leave
the acronym as if it did not exist in all written documents.

In my experience, name connotations are a matter os perception, and
many times it just hit
us in certain contexts - and may not bother our neighbors at all. For
example, it was only when phrasing this
paragraph I stopped to think about the sound of your last name would
have in my native language, and the possible
linked connotations - but just because I forced myself to think into
it in this context. Just as I don expect a full
400 million Spanish speakers to think of me as a "good" person.

Exactly. Software developers shouldn't be required to choose names that are free of all unwanted connotations in all languages, especially given that new unwanted connotations spring up just as fast as old unwanted connotations fade away.

Connotations are in people's mind, not in actual words. I am a native English speaker, but I didn't "hear" the unwanted connotations in the word GIMP until a couple of friends snickered, which reflects rather more badly on their minds than it does on the name "GIMP".


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