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

El mié, 15-04-2015 a las 10:43 -0400, Elle Stone escribió:
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.

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".

Guys, don't get me wrong.
I didn't suggest that the name has to be changed or that it's even
possible to choose a name that is 100% free of accidental connotations
for a project.
I just threw an idea about a possible solution for people who wanted to
use GIMP but had troubles with the name.
A patch for changing the name in the UI. You live in an area where the
name of the program could be a problem? then build GIMP using the patch.
Maybe changing the name isn't even required. What about just adding
punctuation to make the the acronym thing more obvious?
So, to be clear: what about a patch that replaces the few places in the
UI the name GIMP with G.I.M.P.?
Not for everyone, just for the people who want to use GIMP but have
issues with the name.

Personally I'd prefer that people can get over this kind of stuff and do
nothing about the name, but the prospect of over-sensitive people
keeping GIMP out of children schools because of the name makes me wonder
if a little compromise isn't a reasonable idea.

It's not the end of the world, and there are several precedents of
products that were renamed for specific markets.
The funniest one I know is the case of the Mitsubishi Pajero, that was
renamed to Mitsubishi Montero because "pajero" means "wanker" in several
spanish speaking countries.

That's far worse than spanish people expecting Joao to be good :-)


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