Alexandre Prokoudine ha scritto:


Paul,

As for "closing doors to the masses", here is an example. I'm in the
process of interviewing a free software developer who does software,
where each release is downloaded like 400 times. Around the globe. And
there are, like, 2 releases a year.

Yet the guy has his own little grateful community and is more than
happy to interact with it.

So here is something I'd like you to understand: the point is not
about trying to make everyone happy. The point is to work for a target
audience and make the right tool for it, while having lots of fun,
because you are interacting with people who understand your decisions
and speak same language as yours.

You can see it as alienation. Well, _I_ see it as a chance for other
developers to create new / improve existing editors that would appeal
to a wider audience that didn't agree with the direction we've chosen.

Alexandre Prokoudine
http://libregraphicsworld.org
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Sorry if I jump in the discussion so out of nowhere ( I'm currently reading it because I use Gimp even if I'm not a professional). I can understand your ( I mean your and developers') reasons, even if in the case of GIMP and other software I don't totally agree. But reading it I'm realizing that maybe I've lost an important piece of information: Does the target GIMP are really just Professionals ( photographers , or image editors)?

I'm really asking because I'm not pro and I don't want to became but I'm, say, an amateur that us, for now, GImp in quite basic way ( or better in a purpose oriented way) and this thing of the exporting behavior is quite annoying ( to me) especially because there no choice to change it, but might be not the only problem.

Well
anyway best regards
Alessia

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