My apologies in advance for sounding preachy, but here goes:
GIMP developers need to start paying attention to what potential and
actual GIMP users really want and need from their RGB image editor.
I respectfully suggest the following:
Drop the incredibly paternalistic attitude that the devs know better
than the GIMP users what GIMP users really need.
Try finding a few actual high end users who understand ICC profile color
management and the requirements for proper RGB image editing, and *ask*
them what they need. Talk to Krita users and Darktable users. Even try
to find a few Adobe Cloud refugees and talk to them - there is certainly
enough interest in high bit depth GIMP being expressed in the various
Ask these actual and potential new GIMP users how GIMP would need to
change before these users would be happy using GIMP for photographic
image editing. And please don't try to hide from the user what's
happening in the background. Instead show some respect the user's RGB
data. Users are trusting that GIMP doesn't do silly things like
converting to unbounded sRGB in the background or deciding for the user
whether an operation should be done on linear or perceptually uniform RGB.
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