"After spending time with Torsten Rahn and Everaldo Coelho
earlier this year, we continue our Creative Penguin series in a
discussion with Tuomas 'Tigert' Kuosmanen and Jakub 'Jimmac'
Steiner of Ximian. If you've ever admired the beautiful artwork of
GNOME, these are the gentlemen responsible for it. How did they get
involved? Why should you be interested in desktop artwork? They
discuss all of this and more with Open for Business' Timothy R.
"Timothy R. Butler: How did both of you get
started with working on GNOME art? Was there some other type of
project that you started with, or did you start with artwork?
"Jakub Steiner: Writing a book about GIMP made
me meet Tuomas on IRC. He was very kind and helped me a lot with
learning the tool well. We also met in person on couple of ocasions
that year. So my introduction to GNOME artwork was definitely
looking over Tuomas' shoulder (virtually most of the time).
"Tuomas Kuosmanen: Yeah, it definitely started
around the Gimp graphics program. The whole Gnome project started
'from the Gimp' in the sense that the programming toolkit was
originally implemented so that Gimp could get rid of the ('ugly and
(then) expensive') Motif toolkit. So GTK, The Gimp Toolkit, was
born. Gnome is also based on the GTK toolkit, and many of the
original people working on Gnome were also hacking on the