Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 28th Dec 2008 10:43 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces High bit depth support, non-destructive editing (so called "effect layers") and colour management. Three hot topics in photography editing - that users have been waiting for for a long time now to appear in GIMP. Today Linux & Photography blog features an exclusive interview with Martin Nordholts, one of the core contributors to GIMP. Nordholts speaks about the current state of affairs, explains what is going on deep inside the GIMP (and GEGL) and also lifts a corner of the veil about what is to come.
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RE[5]: When???
by cyclops on Tue 30th Dec 2008 17:32 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: When???"
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"[q]"What is GIMP.. A Image Manipulation Program .... from developers to developers? ..."

I think "from developers to non-bitching users" would be a more appropriate description. Non-bitching users are listened to while bitching users are ignored.

The problem is this:
The user asks for some feature. Some developer(s) arrogantly claims the user doesn't know what he/she wants and that he/she doesn't really want the feature asked for. The user gets annoyed by the arrogance and gives his/her reasons for wanting the feature in question. The developer(s) sees this as criticism and labels the user as a "bitching user to be ignored" (possibly after a round of "then do it yourself" - "I can't, I'm not a programmer" - "then pay a programmer to do it" - "I can't afford it (and besides, for that kind of money I could afford 10 photoshop licenses)" - "then learn how to program so that you can do it yourself and stop bitching about it"). [/q]

I read this and I was somewhat surprised. It has always worked that those who can supply code or actively work over the project have the control; "Scratch your own itch". Ignoring the fact that open-source in general allows access to users easier access to developers through your distribution vendor; mailing lists; irc; forums;email at an unrepresented level.

What I find somewhat bizarre is these developers are painted in a bad light by you. Without picking a case its comfortable to say that any user expecting a developer to bend to his will is being arrogant, without demonstrating any expertise.

The exception possibly to this would be GUI experts who would lend there expertise to an open source without actively contributing.

Thats not to say that the develops aren't arrogant. Develops regardless of what type of development are just people, as are the users. In fact most on Linux are both Users and Developers, and all mainly users.

The bottom line is though if you want something done in this world there are ways to ask, threatening the developer with an alternative proprietary choice as suggested is unlikely to cut any mustard.

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