I'd just like to suggest that GIMP develop a program of engagement
with artists along the lines of what the Blender Foundation are doing
with their open movie projects:
The open movie's are both a chance to showcase the beautiful work that
can be done with Blender, and a way to focus development on new
features, and harvest feedback from users about ways the UX can be
>From reading the summaries at the link above, it seems that each
project involved setting some ambitious goals for what the software
needed to be able to do, and working with an arts organisation to set
an artistic challenge. The resulting artwork is then heavily promoted,
as a way of bringing attention to the software and its capabilities,
and copies can be sold or used as rewards in crowdfunding campaigns.
Just a thought.
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"Voting... is the next to last refuge of the politically impotent. The
last refuge is, of course, giving your opinion to a pollster, who will
get a version of it through a dessicated question, and then will
submerge it in a Niagra of similar opinions, and convert them into -
what else? - another piece of news. Thus, we have here a great loop of
impotence: The news elicits from you a variety of opinions about which
you can do nothing except to offer them as more news, about which you
can do nothing."
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