Am Donnerstag, 15. April 2010 02:26:42 schrieb Michael Hansen: > I read this tutorial: > http://www.gimpusers.com/tutorials/install-python-for-gimp-2-6-windows.html > > "Today, most GIMP scripts/helpers/extensions are written using Python > instead of the outdated SCHEME (known as Script-Fu). This allows a lot of > great possibilities, but at the moment the installation of GIMP-Python for > Windows requires a few steps." > My first question is: Is it true, that Python scripts are the future, while > Script-Fu is outdated?
Python has got several advantages over Script-Fu, but saying that Script-Fu is outdated does not mean that support for Script-Fu will vanish from one day to another. > And my second question: If this is really the case, will establishing > Python support be simplified in future (by embedding native support for > Python scripts)? OpenOffice or the newest version of Blender already come > with all necessary files to use Python scripts for example, without the > need to install all that stuff. It seems that you're talking Windows in this case. ;-) Frankly, it is a very bad thing when applications include a script language engine in their distribution that then is installed somewhere in a non- standard place on the platform. Why ? For several reasons: * there might be security issues with this engine - and you would then have to update several packages instead of just one * you fill up your hard drive with the same programs over and over * you cannot use the language as a general purpose script engine on the platform (or it is at least very hard to do so) when it is included in another programs distribution * ... (there is more, but these are the most important reasons not to include a language in a program distribution) So, if someone was to ask me, I would stringly discourage including python in the Gimp distribution for Windows. A better approach would be to check the dependency on that engine, see if it is installed and then (download and) install it automatically in a standard place if necessary. just my 2cc Torsten
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