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On 10/07/2010 04:16 AM, Jean Hollis Weber wrote:
If I have to explain to someone what "LibreOffice" means, it's easy:
"Libre means free, as in liberty or freedom."

If I have to explain what "" means, it's a much bigger
problem, even without the complication of the ".org" part. Most people
have never heard of "open source" or "open standards" or "open" anything

This post just doesn't resonate with me at all. To explain what LibreOffice means, first I have to explain what libre means, because it isn't an English word. It's as easy to explain as any other foreign word, I suppose, but that's not exactly a ringing endorsement.

On the other hand, I don't have to explain, because it's already in the lexicon -- 300 million people have already downloaded it. For those that haven't, they at least already know what "open" means, and it's easy to explain how that relates to the software. Also, people who know about "open source" instantly recognize from the name its similarity to other open tools such as openssh, openldap, openvpn, etc. -- in the same way that the prefix "gnu" indicates something about gnuplot, gnucash, and gnupg.

A good chunk of the posts on this mailing list, and in comments to stories on TDF announcement, are about the choice of the name, how to pronounce it, etc. Slashdot comments were particularly harsh, and fairly universal, in their dislike for the name:

I'm not going to let my disappointment in the name damper my enthusiasm of the project, which is strong. I'm talking up the project to friends and family, even. Others are in the same boat. This shouldn't be confused with *liking* the name.


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