GIMP fans will be interested in this brief but useful interview
with developer Sven Neuman, who discusses the upcoming GIMP 1.4
release, plans for version 2.0, CMYK support, and the issue of
integrating the GIMP more closely with GNOME. Versions of the
interview in French and English are available.
Miguel de Icaza suggested you to use the Gnome components like
Bonobo Gconf, etc.. But, recently, with Ximian and Eazel, the
community is wondering if Gnome is a Gnu project or a project leads
by these two companies. What's your opinion about integration of
Gnome components into Gimp ?
I don't want Gimp to integrate too tightly into Gnome. This is not
because I do not trust Ximian or Eazel, but because I don't think
that the disadvantages of lots of additional dependencies
outweights the advantages the Gnome libraries have to offer. It is
likely that we will use some of the basic Gnome libraries if they
are provenly portable to all the platforms we support.
In fact the architecture of Gimp we have in mind for the future
will hopefully allow to add support for stuff like Bonobo without
depending on it. This means, you should be able to build a version
of Gimp that interoperates nicely with your Gnome applications but
you won't have to."