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Re: Bug#124874: lg-issue59: Spelling error in description

On Thu, Dec 20, 2001 at 12:33:33AM +0100, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> On Mon, 17 Dec 2001, Matt Zimmerman wrote:
> > -   HAL 91 - a minimalistic Linux distribution
> > +   HAL 91 - a minimalist Linux distribution
> How wrong is this? (i.e. is this a popular mistake, or is it just
> coincidence that both me and the person that actually wrote this think of
> it this way?)
> I have the feeling that "minimalistic" is a good English word, but since
> I'm not a native English speaker, I could be completely wrong here.
> Thanks for your help.

I'd say the bug report is incorrect.

"Minimalist" is a noun.  E.g., "Craig Sanders uses only small, lowercase
letters, therefore he is a minimalist".

"Minimalistic" is an adjective.  E.g., "The only curse word Craig
Sanders knows is 'fuck', therefore he has a minimalistic vocabulary."

Clearly, the package in question is using the term "minimalistic" as an

G. Branden Robinson                |     I had thought very carefully about
Debian GNU/Linux                   |     comitting hara-kiri over this, but
branden@debian.org                 |     I overslept this morning.
http://people.debian.org/~branden/ |     -- Toshio Yamaguchi

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