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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nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

Oh is that the problem? I'm just not choosing to understand it?

I'm going create a soda called negro-cola and anyone offended by the name just needs to choose to understand that negro means black in spanish. I could find an innocuous name but I'll be a stubborn ass instead and alienate the largest market. Pure genius.

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prokoudine Member since:
2005-08-09

Oh is that the problem? I'm just not choosing to understand it?

Indeed so.

I'm going create a soda called negro-cola and anyone offended by the name just needs to choose to understand that negro means black in spanish.

Exactly. As a matter of fact, commercial companies rebrand some of their products locally to make the names sound good on local markets. Those who don't often fail in sales. But GIMP is not a commercial product. It's there because few people out there care to maintain and improve it. You are free to express your ideas and, as my experience tells me, you will be listened to. But you are not to dictate these people what and how to do things until you personally participate in making GIMP happen. It's called doacracy.

There's too much talking and too litle doing. Telling developers to rename GIMP for millionth time is not a contribution, it's a distraction from things that actually matter: features, usability, performance.

And by the way the largest market isn't English speaking. Perhaps you haven't noticed, but in XXI century it's rather Chinese. And this is not exactly a market, we are talking about free software after all.

I wouldn't call Paint.NET a simple painting tool, it has layers and is catching up in features

Last time I tried it it was hiding layer blending modes from user making it a complete PITA to do even basic things. That's what i call simple.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Those who don't often fail in sales. But GIMP is not a commercial product. It's there because few people out there care to maintain and improve it.


The US is the largest software market for $0 software as well. Financial contributions to open source projects are disproportionately from the US. Why risk losing contributions from the largest source? What is the gain from keeping the current name?

And by the way the largest market isn't English speaking. Perhaps you haven't noticed, but in XXI century it's rather Chinese.


The largest software market is the US market. China has a large population but their GDP is still about a third of the US.

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