From the user perspective, the downscaling quality is very important.
More if you consider using GIMP for web graphics production, where
downscaling is one of the most frequent operations.
It would be nice if this problem is addressed before 2.4
I understand the stability risk being so close to the release of the 2.4
version, but if someone has an improvement in this field and can be
added, it well be welcome.
I wouldn't say it's a critic item, but the current algorithms are right
now quite sub-standard.
Gimp-developer mailing list