On Sat, 26 Jul 2003, Adam D. Moss wrote:

> Sven Neumann wrote:
> > Miguel Ibarra <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:
> >
> >>Here's a patch to add optional libstartup-notification support to The
> >>Gimp. This will allow desktop managers as Gnome's to entertain users
> >>with a *so* funny clock cursor, while Gimp launches and initializes
> >>itself.
> >
> > GIMP-1.3 does this already. We will not include it in 1.2 since only
> > bug-fixes go into 1.2.

Some projects are not so strict and would allow something like this
because it is quite unlikely to have any unwanted side effects.

Also if someone goes to the trouble of providing a patch the rejections
needs to be less abrupt if you want people to keep making that effort.

> I'm interested, from a project point of view, why many (a good
> proportion) of the patches that we get on this mailing list or
> in bugzilla from 'external' (non-CVS-account) contributors are
> against 1.2.x.

There has been too long a space between stable releases, I expect many
people are blissfully unaware that GIMP 1.3 even exists (and will remain
unaware until a new release ships with a major Linux distribution).

> Are developers not very well aware of the positioning of
> 1.3.x (development) versus 1.2.x (stable)?  Is it too hard
> to get a 1.3.x build to patch against?

> Miguel, or anyone else, can you comment?
> Identifying the cause of this weakness would help to smooth
> the bumps in accepting (very welcome) external contributions.

I am optomistic that there will be an increase in outside contributions
when 2.0 comes out.

(I dont think a CVS account has anything to do with this, there is
anonymouse CVS access and I doubt a Ximian employee would have much
difficulty getting a CVS account if he wanted it).


Alan Horkan

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