On 3 oct. 10, at 10:28, Marc Paré wrote:
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.
In French that sounds like that:
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