Dear developers,

Photoshop has been the number One in photo editing for decades. Gimp has always been the alternative that could never push Photoshop from it's throne, despite being free of charge. However, potentially Gimp should be able to knock Photoshop of it's throne. But there are three reason is never has. Those reasons are: "interface", "interface" and "interface". Most people in the industry are used to the Photoshop interface and those who want to get into the industry need to learn the Photoshop interface (By this power alone Adobe has always been able to refuse porting Photoshop to the Linux environment and maintain it's steep pricing).

Than one day in 2006 Gimpshop emerged. Scott Moschella created a Gimp version with Photoshop look and feel. It blew us all right out off the water. Downloads of Gimpshop really skyrocketed, thus proving the viability and deer need for a product like this. A product that not only can knock Photoshop off it's throne, but that could get rid off Photoshop's dominance and arrogance alltogether.

(In the end it would have made Gimp the leading software and thus the leading interface builder for photo-editing software, making it possible to gradually lead people towards a real Gimp-interface that would suite us all, and forcing Photoshop to follow the Gimp-interface instead of the other way arround).

It was the turning point of a possible total triumph for the free software movement. Using the interface of leading propriatory software opened up new horizons for other free software. However, than some greedy bastard nicked the url, and used it to make money on Scott's achievement. This frustrated Scott so much that he stopped updating Gimpshop for later Gimp releases. A beautiful flower was broken. You would think the Gimp society would have picked up on this, however it never happened. Million's of people are still waiting for the miracle to happen again. Will it....

PS: Before we get into a useless discussion on which interface is better (Gimp or Photoshop), I would like to state that I have no problem whith the Gimp interface what so ever. And I do recognize the ongoing effort to make it better and better. But there is also is immense need for the OPTION to change te interface to a Photoshop look and feel. We should recognize this need and use it to our advantage, instead of ignoring it. If for some (juridicial?) reason it is not possible to integrate this feature in the official Gimp-version, at least a tool to make it possible should be made available through the Torrent-network.
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