And there you have the problem: You have to explain it. Good marketing
requires that you engage with customers' existing understanding and
expectations. "Well, you see, the name come from..." "Yeah, forget it."
The name should not matter, what matters is that users of
oftware folks have an office suite that is not tied up to a single
or entity that will control the code.
Again, exactly correct: the name _should_ not matter. Unfortunately
names _do_ matter. Bad names do and have sunk good projects, whilst
good names have successfully sold bad projects.
Actually, I think that you will find that most latin-based languages
will have not problems with the significance or pronunciation of the
word "Libre". If you then take into account people who have studied a
second latin-base language, they would have studied the word "libre" as
part of their core vocabulary list. I am not sure of the other language
base pronunciation of "libre". I think is this is the real issue that
you are raising, the pronunciation. However, I don't believe it to be
such a large problem. Yes, if you count the number of people who would
need to hear an example of the accepted pronunciation of "LibreOffice"
(as pointed out in one of the responses, the French version would
approach more of the phonetic version of "leebrohfece" (for English
speaking people), the numbers could be considered high. But in the
context of people having enough cultural knowledge to pronounce the word
without any coaching is probably quite extensive by comparison.
So, I agree with one of the responders who suggested that we could
perhaps post a "sound" file (let's keep it as an OSS format) on the main
Mageia page, in both male/female versions (hey, let's get a younger
boy/girl version too!), of the accepted pronunciation of the LibreOffice
suite. We can all remember the "Linux" pronunciation arguments, and in
the end, the father of Linux decreed: "Pronounce it like you want!" It
is just great that you can advocate its use to anyone who is willing to
listen, regardless of the pronunciation.
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