Recently we talked about some of the problems encountered by The HeliOS Project concerning the name GIMP within our custom respin. This is the distro we put on our computers going to disadvantaged kids.
Roughly 15 percent of our kids suffer disabilities of one sort or another. After an especially angry reaction from a parent who was offended by the name GIMP in the menus, we decided that it might be best to change the name locally, and specifically for our respin.
I decided I wasn't going to experience another a$$-chewing of this magnitude again...not behind something that can be fixed easily.
So we asked readers to help us come up with a new name for GIMP....again just for our custom distro. We've added no new features, we simply will change the name throughout the program itself. We will also be working on a new splash for our use.
The arguments or comments against doing so have already been made. If you feel the need to expound on those, you can do so in the comments here. As well, we are not asking the developers of GIMP to follow suit. The original developers named their program and I don't think approaching them to change it is productive.
If it hasn't happened by now, it isn't going to happen.
We received well over two hundred serious suggestions. We've taken a week to cull through them and see what might be suitable, viable and not open to copyright or trademark infringement. Even though our little respin is only put on a few hundred machines a year, you never know...our society seems to be at it's litigious best these days.
Any businesses who have registered DBA's with similar names have cleared us for use of the name.
So here are the candidates. My thanks to those who submitted ideas or suggestions. This is the narrowed-down field:
As it turns out, the poll widget offered by Blogger is buggy beyond belief and we have removed it. Just vote for your choice with a one word response in the comments and we will compile from there. Sorry, we can only allow one vote per IP address. We have extended the voting deadline to the 20th of May due to the extra time it took to contact any businesses with like names offered here.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
blather and mumbling provided by Ken Starks at 11:09 AM