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  • GIMP 2.8 Is Struggling To Make It Out The Door

    Phoronix: GIMP 2.8 Is Struggling To Make It Out The Door

    GIMP 2.8 has been talked about for more than a year and back in January there was a GIMP 2.8 release schedule by Martin Nordholts that had set the final release for the 27th of December. That date has now passed and, sadly, this major update to this leading open-source graphics program is still not close to being released...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=ODk2MQ

  • #2
    Geez, I hope the implications of the headline weren't intentional.

    Originally posted by WordNet
    Noun

    * S: (n) lameness, limping, gimp, gimpiness, gameness, claudication (disability of walking due to crippling of the legs or feet)

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    • #3
      "Bring out the gimp."

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      • #4
        the community really needs to get organized and give this guys some serious help.

        2.8 is going to be an epic release and is sad that they only doing this with 2 contributors...

        Games on linux is gettings tons more attention than other important areas like graphics design. I think there's a lot everyone can do in this key area to help.

        Even a small promo like "help gimp reach 2.8 and finally get mono-window support" could help a lot.

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        • #5
          If it doesn't support more than 256 shades of gray after ten years of waiting, it is still gimped.

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          • #6
            I'm surprised nobody has enough commercial interest in Gimp to contribute to the project. There aren't a plethora of serious GUI raster graphics editors out there. This is a major application genre.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by madjr View Post
              the community really needs to get organized and give this guys some serious help.

              2.8 is going to be an epic release and is sad that they only doing this with 2 contributors...

              Games on linux is gettings tons more attention than other important areas like graphics design. I think there's a lot everyone can do in this key area to help.

              Even a small promo like "help gimp reach 2.8 and finally get mono-window support" could help a lot.
              there are projects that need "help" far more important than gimp (ie graphics drivers) and the community isn't big enough to help them

              there are a million different projects doing the same thing - ffs how many video editors or music players do we need- and as a result of that resources and help are low

              thats open source

              you either accept that some things wont be on time or use something else

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              • #8
                Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
                ffs how many video editors or music players do we need- and as a result of that resources and help are low
                I would settle for just one good and full featured video editor in linux. Unfortunately that hasn't come about yet.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
                  there are projects that need "help" far more important than gimp (ie graphics drivers) and the community isn't big enough to help them

                  there are a million different projects doing the same thing - ffs how many video editors or music players do we need- and as a result of that resources and help are low

                  thats open source

                  you either accept that some things wont be on time or use something else
                  yes, i will also accept global warming and keep on driving my big truck instead of riding my bike or taking public transportation the majority of times, because like you said we normal people cant do anything about it and need to accept everything as is..

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 89c51 View Post
                    there are projects that need "help" far more important than gimp (ie graphics drivers) and the community isn't big enough to help them

                    there are a million different projects doing the same thing - ffs how many video editors or music players do we need- and as a result of that resources and help are low

                    thats open source

                    you either accept that some things wont be on time or use something else
                    Barrier for entry into GIMP, while high, isn't the exclusive domain of uberleet devs.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by madjr View Post
                      yes, i will also accept global warming and keep on driving my big truck instead of riding my bike or taking public transportation the majority of times, because like you said we normal people cant do anything about it and need to accept everything as is..

                      in case your missed it what matters in open source is the code everything else is just noise

                      noone will use something that doesn't has the needed features (you get those with codes) and for sure he will not use it because someone said its cool.

                      if you can code help (if you want of course) or there is not much you can do about it.

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                      • #12
                        It looks like this project is suffering from seriously poor leadership and project management...The result is lackluster participation of new contributors (when core developers are busy with other things); missed scheduled goals; and missing design spec for single-window mode.

                        Looking through the logs...
                        => http://git.gnome.org/browse/gimp/log/

                        ...It seems like Michael Natterer is carrying most of the load. I seriously wonder what would happen if he throws in the towel.

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                        • #13
                          What makes you come to the conclusion that it's 'poor leadership and project management'??? The problem seems pretty obvious, there's not a whole lot of developers interested in working on Gimp on their spare time (it's a spare time project), those few who are working on it have done an incredible job but sometimes real life makes that spare time go away and there will be less work done.

                          As for throwing in the towel, if anything kills the enjoyment of programming an open source project on your spare time it's whiners complaining about how slow development is. I have nothing but admiration for those who can tolerate it.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by XorEaxEax View Post
                            What makes you come to the conclusion that it's 'poor leadership and project management'??? The problem seems pretty obvious, there's not a whole lot of developers interested in working on Gimp on their spare time (it's a spare time project), those few who are working on it have done an incredible job but sometimes real life makes that spare time go away and there will be less work done.
                            exactly, and to help with real life, usually donations can help (at least in the short term).

                            some of us have donated a small amount, but a few others are already pitching in larger sums
                            http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/12/s...ment-120799719

                            i wish they would use the methodology and activities that the blender guys use to organize and grab specific amount of donations for the things they need.

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                            • #15
                              This is really unfortunate. I've been running gimp 2.7.1 for a month or so, and it's BY FAR the most usable gimp ever. In fact, which there's a number of features from photoshop that I miss, the advantages of 2.7 are so numerous that I prefer it at this point.

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