Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sun 9th Jan 2011 12:39 UTC, submitted by RichterKuato
Graphics, User Interfaces "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."
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The problem is not wether there are donations, but donation campaigns that work have something useful in exchange for their users.

Example: "Donate enough $$ to hire one or more full developers for a year" will definitely attrack more donations than just "please support us by donating"

But gimp developers are not the marketing types (which is to be expected), so it seems they never really bother to do this. They even seem to have entered Google SOC but didn't even bother integrating the contributions!

OK, you make two statements that need clarification.

1. Donations and sponsoring development. Yes, direct sponsoring of one programmer working full time or two part-timers seems absolutely doable. Both Blender and Ardour do it (in different ways). But to get the ball rolling it's best to register foundation and then you deal with a bunch of paperwork, and for that you need certain experience and time. Which is what programmers don't habitally do, as you probably very well know. Having a dedicated full-time developer has already been discussed and nobody seems to be against it. So the primary question is who wants to take responsibility for organization and do all the paperwork. So far nobody volunteered.

2. Integrating GSoC projects. It is true that some code has not been merged yet (e.g. GPU-side GEGL buffers) or merged partly (e.g. vector layers). The reason for that is because GSoC students tend to stop working on their code after deadlines, whereas contribution presumes dedication. One of GSoC2009 projects code doesn't even compile. So the question is not about developers not bothering to merge projects, the question is how to get people finish their code and participate in its integration. Which is, once again, all about dedication and commitment.

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