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The LilyPond Report #22

Nov 09, 2010, 01:34 (1 Talkback[s])

"What's not to love with GNU LilyPond? Meaning: is it at all possible, either to mildly appreciate it, or perhaps even to hate the hell out of it?

"On our reviews page, I recently stumbled upon Nicolas Sceaux's statement that he used to have "a love-hate relationship" with LilyPond. Coming from arguably the most skilled LilyPonder in the world, this is somehow surprising.

"Thinking about it, however, I soon realized that my own involvement in the LilyPond project could accurately be described as some kind of a bipolar disorder: sometimes I can get very excited, eager to help, eager to please, and nothing seems to go fast enough. However, a contrecoup is always to be expected: at some point, things suddenly seem to go too fast for me to keep up, and I find myself not doing anything for months. Finally, on rare occasions, something gets me frustrated — and then, for a short time that feels like forever, everything is tainted with bitterness and rage."

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