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____/ Homer on Wednesday 24 Aug 2011 16:11 : \____
> Verily I say unto thee that JeffM spake thusly:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> The trolls will need new FUD now, something like: GIMP Needs a Better
>> You assume that the advocates won't get there first. For the HeliOS
>> Respin, Ken Starks addressed this head-on in May.
> The mother in question is overreacting to something perfectly innocuous.
> It's just an acronym. The derogatory use of the word "gimp" (meaning
> weak or lame) originated in the US underground, is derived from the Old
> Scots/Inglis "jimp" (meaning delicate), and further derived from the
> Dutch form of stiffened thread. That meaning has nothing whatsoever to
> do with this software or those who use it.
> Most words can be used in a derogatory context, if one were to take
> exception to all of them one would need to permanently wear earmuffs and
> an eye-mask. She's just being melodramatic, like many of the people Ken
> encounters, for some odd reason. Just look at the guy who punched him at
> a gas station, for no other reason than the fact he found out Ken was a
> charity worker giving away old computers.
> They're nutters, and I'm damned sure I wouldn't change the name of my
> software just because of a bunch of nutters, if it were me.
> As for the other link, the one that drones on about marketing
> principles, my simple question would be how many copies of GIMP do its
> authors sell, or even attempt to sell, every year, and therefore what
> specific benefit would a "better name" provide that software?
GIMP has had brand recognition for over a decade among those who are not
so ignorant and prejudiced that they would refuse to use an application because of
its name. People who ridicule the GIMP for the name are not the target audience.
~~ Best of wishes
Dr. Roy S. Schestowitz (Ph.D. Medical Biophysics), Imaging Researcher
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