[ubuntu-uk] 11.04 Natty Narwhal

Sean Miller sean at seanmiller.net
Wed Aug 18 12:44:14 BST 2010

No, GIMP cannot be recursive by any definition...

GNU is recursive because the 'G' stands for "GNU".  For GIMP to be
recursive the 'G' would have to stand for "GIMP" which it does not...
therefore it is not recursive.

The fact that the 'G' stands for something that is, itself, a
recursive acronym is irrelevant.  There is nothing to stop recursive
acronyms including recursive acronyms (to however many levels
required, in fact) but they still have to fulfil the criteria
themselves, they can't "inherit" through inclusion.

"GIMP Image Manipulation Program" would be recursive, "GNU Image
Manipulation Program" clearly isn't...


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