Re: Suggestion to change the name "Subversion"
From: Ryan Schmidt <subversion-2012c_at_ryandesign.com>
Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2013 01:37:19 -0500
On Aug 11, 2013, at 20:24, Bill George wrote:
> I know it is standard practice in programming to use common words in the English language for specific software terminology or naming. However, this has often caused confusions.
All I can say is it's very silly and sad that law enforcement still doesn't understand computers. And that the Subversion project has been using that name since 2000, and it's a trivial task for anyone to find out what it is and that it is not nefarious. I don't think the Subversion project should be asked to give up the good reputation it's built on its name, just because someone somewhere doesn't understand what it is and can't be bothered to take two seconds to find out.
Should the "GIMP" change its name because (when not referring to the software) that can be a derogatory term? Should "git" change its name because (when not referring to the software) that term can be used as an insult? No. Each project was undoubtedly aware of the usual meaning of the word they chose as their name and decided to repurpose it.
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