David Neary wrote:
I think there are a few reasons for this. The biggest of them is
that setting up a gimp 1.3 compile environment [..]

> automake, autoconf, libtool, gettext, intltool [..]
> (png, jpeg, etc) [..] gtk+ with pangoft2, freetype2, fontconfig
At least, that's my theory :)

It's a good theory, being the mysterious reason why my own patches are made against 1.2.x and then blindly forward-ported to 1.3.x (it's why my commits are usually coupled with a bugzilla comment like 'could someone please check that CVS HEAD now actually compiles' :) )

But I was hoping that the reasons for other developers
diffing against 1.2.x are even more mundane and fixable,
since everyone except me lives in a fairytale world
of supported rpms and debs and magical stuff like that.

Identifying the cause of this weakness would help to smooth
the bumps in accepting (very welcome) external contributions.

I agree. I think we need to do a little more to get developpment gimps built by more people. Exactly what, I don't know. Wait for GNOME2 to take over the world, perhaps?

If the hegemonising swarm of sub-mediocrity that is GNOME ever succeeds in taking over the world, then I'm going to move up to the mountains and become a hermit or a kung-fu monk or a hermit kung-fu monk.

Adam D. Moss   . ,,^^   [EMAIL PROTECTED]   http://www.foxbox.org/   co:3
That gum you like is going to come back in style.

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