On 23/10/2022, Ralf Mardorf via gimp-user-list <gimp-user-list@gnome.org> wrote:
> Hi,
> it's possible to replace almost all GNOME software by software that is
> more or less identically.
> For example gedit can easily be replaced by pluma or even better by xed.
> However, replacing GIMP is not that straightforward as replacing an
> editor.
> When the user interface of GIMP became more and more annoying and its
> JPG export became freakish, I replaced GIMP by Krita a long time ago. In
> the beging using Krita was frustrating, but on the long run this step
> has proven its worth. Related to the mailing list issue, there isn't
> really a good user mailing list for Krita, but at least there is one.
> The list is https://mail.kde.org/mailman/listinfo/kimageshop .
> IMO it's important to fight back when leading projects don't care about
> the user base anymore. Dropping the mailing list after a Vogon-ish
> announcement is not the first thing the GNOME project does to harms the
> FLOSS community.
> Btw. the Evolution user community tested using Discourse GNOME as a
> mailing list replacement, see
> https://mail.gnome.org/archives/evolution-list/2022-October/thread.html
> . It's disgusting, Discourse GNOME is completely unsuitable as a mailman
> replacement. Unfortunately Evolution can't be replaced. I tested almost
> all FLOSS MUAs.
> The alternative to replacing apps such as Gimp and Evolution by other
> apps, are mailing lists run by the user base. However non-official
> mailing lists competing with official support channels are a PITA.
> Regards,
> Ralf

The ending of support for gnome products, especially for The GIMP and
for gedit, is disappointing, but, I suppose that it is just the
culmination of the campaign of contempt by the gnomes, against users,
that started with the replacement of gnome2, with gnome3.

Sometimes, however, users with enough determination, can provide their
own support to each other (for as long as a software application
remains usable, and, does not need to be abandoned, as the gnome
desktop environment had to be abandoned, when the hostile gnome3 was
imposed by putin's mates).

So, alternative users support mailing lists, could, and, should, be
considered for establishment and use, as the gnomes are withdrawing
support for the gnome products, as, like putin, an armageddon threat.

Bret Busby
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