Federico Mena Quintero <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> I think the bigger problem is that the first thing you see when you
> start up the GÏMP for the first time is a big ugly BRIGHT ORANGE
I like it very much, but of course I'm a little biased here.
> That window, aside from being prettified, should tell you something
> The GIMP needs to install some configuration files for you
> before it can be run for the first time. Click on "continue"
> to perform the GIMP user installation or "cancel" to exit.
> The GIMP is free software, is distributed under the GNU
> General Public License, and comes with absolutely no warranty.
> Please click on the "license" button to get more information.
good point, will go into 1.4.
> > 2. The current second dialog box shows a full list of files and directories
> > that most users will never care about at first. Maybe we should add an
> > indication that knowing all about this is not necessary to use Gimp?
> This dialog is completely unnecessary. As a user, I don't care where
> the GIMP installs its ~/.foo. I just want to be able to run the
> Also, it is bad that you have to know that ~/.gimp exists and that you
> may need to hand-tweak the stuff in there. Everything should be
> configurable through a nice graphical interface; if you need to
> install third-party plug-ins or scripts or gradients then the GIMP
> should have an "install plug-in" command. This command can simply
> copy a binary into your ~/.gimp/plug-ins.
No, some people want to be able to hand-tweak stuff using an editor.
That's why we have user-readable config files. Apart from that everything
important is indeed configurable through the prefs. But I have to admit
that it's probably a bit too much information for a user installation
dialog. But I like the way we managed to integrate all the info from
the 1.0 installation dialog into this page on the new one ;-)
> Completely agreed. This looks like a case of "we are too lazy to
> think of how our system calls may fail, so we'll run a shell script
> and have the user figure it out".
Yes we are too lazy and are waiting for patches.
> N.B. I just erased my ~/.gimp-1.2 and re-ran it. I got
> cp /etc/gimp/1.2/gtkrc_user /home/federico/.gimp-1.2/gtkrc
> cp: /etc/gimp/1.2/gtkrc_user: No such file or directory
> (because I have /etc/gimp/1.2/gtkrc instead of gtkrc_user).
Then you or more likely the packager of your gimp version did something
wrong since the file $prefix/gimp/1.2/gtkrc_user should exist.
> > 5. The resolution thing is OK.
> Mostly. It would be better if it were something like
> The GIMP needs to know the resolution of your monitor so that
> images will be displayed at the proper size.
> [X] Use the resolution suggested by the system (75x75 dots per inch).
> [ ] Use the resolution I specify:
> Horizontal resolution: [____] [pixels per parsec]
> Vertical resolution: [____]
> [ ] Let me determine my monitor resolution interactively.
I'm confused. That's how the dialog looks like.
> The first option should be selected by default. These days most smart
> X servers are able to use information obtained from the monitor at
> boot-up or at some other time. This is of course the Right(tm) value
> unless the user is doing something fantastically stupid.
I have not yet seen one X-Server giving a close to correct value here
unless you manually tell it the correct value on start-up.
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