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

On 04/18/2015 11:55 PM, Liam R. E. Quin wrote:
On Wed, 2015-04-08 at 12:58 -0500, Sam Bagot wrote:
  A product called Gimp can't be used [in schools]

Although GIMP can be used in at least some schools, I agree with your

These conversations always seem to run the same course:

A: the name GIMP is offensive to me, or to people with whom I work. B:
No. The name GIMP isL not offensive.
A: yes it is.
B: It doesnt offend me, and your opinion doesn't matter to me. A: We
like the name. Bye.

For my own part I have some hesitation - for example, I am not about
to go to a meeting on making the Web accessible to people with special
needs while wearing a "GIMP" tee-shirt, and obviously can't promote
GIMP usage too openly at work.

You make a good point. I never thought about the "tee-shirt" angle. Now that you mention it, I would happily wear a "Krita" tee-shirt anywhere it might be appropriate to wear a tee-shirt. But I wouldn't wear a "GIMP" tee-shirt anywhere (not even at home - what if the doorbell rang?) because the connotations of the word "gimp" are too offensive to too many people.

The "brand" argument doesn't really cut much ice - plenty of other
Free and proprietary applications have been renamed in the past, and
the publicity can increase visibility.

Another excellent point.

Maybe instead of GIMP 3.0 we could have a Goat Rainbow 1.0 or

But then you get into endless discussions about the name.

How about a small committee to select 3-5 possible names for review? Liam Quin could be the Chair and Sam Bagot could represent potential GIMP users who are unwilling to deal with the unwanted connotations of the name "GIMP".

In the meantime, for school use, could you refer to the program as the
GNU Image Manipulation Program, and if people comment on GIMP explain
it's short for the longer name as that's too long to use everywhere?


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