The recent commits to master replace the "feather border" check box in
the "select -> border" dialog with a "border style" combo box, providing
three options: "hard", "smooth", and "feathered". "Hard" and
"feathered" correspond to the old behavior, with and without feathering,
and "smooth" is a new mode that should provide better antialiasing. For
more details, see the relevant bug  or the relevant commit messages.
Please note that the default border style is now "smooth". The border
style used by the `gimp-selection-border` procedure is also changed from
"feathered" to "smooth".
The reason I'm making noise is that, unlike the old behavior, smooth
mode does not use a hard cutoff for the mask values, and as a result is
less forgiving to "noise", or "artifacts", in the selection. With the
right mindset this can be a Good Thing, but it can just as well be seen
as a regression.
If you get a chance, please give the new mode a try, preferably as part
of actual work, and see how well it works for you. If it doesn't, post
an angry reply to this thread, or on the bug report. We can always
change the default back to "hard" if it turns out to be an issue.
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