Posted by: Anonymous
on November 05, 2007 12:28 AM
Both these examples are completely valid. The first example is one of artist, or people supposedly speaking for the artist, not understanding what he/she signed up for. I know what I am talking about. As an artist, I have released art and animations as Public Domain. I understood what that meant and I knew it meant "No takie backies".
The second problem is possibly the most serious problem Linux has right now. The GIMP has stagnated under a closed and ignorant team for the past decade. The UI team has only tried to copy Photoshop. Nothing new, and nothing from the dozens of other existing art programs, or from the past 25 years of computer based artwork. The GIMP team is the most hostile group outside Mac Fanatics I have ever had the displeasure to deal with. The GIMP needs to be forked in a few directions. There needs to be a beginners program, at least one fully fledged artists tool (there is more than one way to create a UI, and no one solution is likely to be productive for every artist), and one photographers tool. The GIMP as it stands today can sit in its own stagnant pool and feel superior as far as I am concerned. I am an artist. I have not switched to Linux. I DESPERATELY want to switch to linux. I need art tools on Linux before I switch. The GIMP was no art tool in 98, and it is no tool now in 07. The GIMP team dropped the ball a decade ago. It is time for new forks, or a new team to create a new program. I have been working on my own toolset and UI, and have been polishing them. I would love to find somewhere where I could talk to people who are not closed off to discuss a serious artists tool.