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Sun, 19 Dec 2004

Name Change Proposed for GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program)

My problems with GIMP. (Score:4, Insightful)

But, there’s two problems I have with GIMP, and one of them might have been fixed and one definitely hasn’t.

First is the interface. [[[snip comments about interface]]]

Second is the name. It needs to change. This is not about being PC, it’s about reaching out to as many people as possible, and getting them to try out the GIMP. Will universities ever teach classes in a program that’s called ‘the gimp?’ Will companies ever take seriously an employee who says that he wants to install ‘the gimp’ on his computer? Y’all have to have gotten the same weird looks as me when you’ve suggested that people try ‘the gimp’. Have you ever told it to someone who uses a cane or crutches or is in a wheelchair?


…and the response (classic slashdot).

Re:My problems with GIMP. (Score:5, Funny)

I agree that the biggest problem GIMP has for widespread acceptance is the name. Frankly, it has labored without the benefit clever self recursion for far too long!

So, in the interest of its long term viablility, I formally propose a name change:

GIMP Isn’t Microsoft Paint

will, I believe, catapult GIMP onto desktops around the world.


I hereby declare that the GIMP has been renamed!

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