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From: Chris Mohler <>
Date: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 10:10 AM
Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] Photoshop “compatibility” mode
To: Christopher Curtis <>

On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 9:33 AM, Christopher Curtis <> wrote:
>> I'm actually Ok with this. But we have to agree what we mean by "peer
>> applications" - I'd say gimp and inkscape are, for example, and not gimp
>> and photoshop.
> So your argument is that on the "Software Spectrum" GIMP is not a
> graphics application but is first a GNOME application.  For the people
> who want, you know, to create GNOME.  It just happens to create GNOME
> using graphics.

I think the argument is GIMP and Inkscape are peers, while GIMP and
Photoshop are not.  Makes sense to me - I hop between the two quite

> That's sarcasm of course - you say that primary platform trumps
> application domain, and GIMP is GNOME because that's where it's
> hosted; a rather myopic and user-hostile view, IMHO.  Most people
> don't care one whit about GNOME or where GIMP is hosted.  They want
> software that is better than what they currently have, fits the way
> they work, and is relatively familiar ... which is going to lead down
> an ugly road.

Hosting is another straw man, and I believe there are people out there
who are fine with the software they have, people whose workflow is
constantly evolving and people who try new things.  So in other words
that blanket statement cannot possibly be true ;)

> So let me ask you this instead:  Are you going to oppose a patch that
> changes the GIMP shortcut for FG/BG fill to match PhotoShop's on the
> basis that Backspace does something completely different in GEdit?  Or
> on the basis that GIMP is not a PS clone?  Or some other reason?  Or
> would you have no opposition at all?

Personally I would oppose that patch (I'm not a dev).  Why mess with
people who have been using GIMP for years just to mimic some other
application?  There's nothing stopping you from defining your own

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