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LinuxGraphic.org: 4 Questions to Sven Neuman About the Future of the GIMP

May 09, 2001, 17:54 (6 Talkback[s])
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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.

"Linuxgraphic:
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 ?

Sven:
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."

Interview in English
Interview in French

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