On Sat, Jul 17, 2004 at 12:57:55PM -0400, Steve Litt wrote: > On Saturday 12 June 2004 02:17 am, Michael Schumacher wrote: > > Greg Rundlett wrote: > > > With other platforms or distros, you're potentially going to run into > > > "blockers". These are issues that GIMP developers/testers/volunteers > > > might want to address in a) an install script (if that is even possible) > > > or b) an install guide. > > > > > > I expect the more 'polished' software to have installers that take care > > > of the complexities. OpenOffice.org does a good job of hiding the > > > complexities, and Mozilla has been more recently successful in this area > > > as well. I think GIMP, and GTK are essential parts of the Free Software > > > desktop, so I hope that any ordinary user can take advantage of them. > > > > > > All I am reporting is that it can be difficult to install GIMP. If I > > > were capable of making it easier to install, I would. > > > > Well, it is hardly GIMP's job to care for all the requirements of the > > platform you're using... maybe you should complain on a Fedora mailing > > list instead? > > I disagree. We, as free software authors, benefit by making our software easy > to install. By doing so, we encourage "looky-lous" to try out our software, > and some day become users, then developers who further enhance our software. > This is the way we grow. > then maybe the packagers need to work more closely with the developers and gimp would be a good one since it really uses much of the computers resources.
distributions make some very crazy decisions. i would encourage anyone who is using fedora to actually consider using debian since fedora is (the way i understand it) redhat, only free, not actually being worked on by redhat but by a community that is supposed to work like debian. which is only a distribution that is being worked on by a community. less jumps in logic to what should be the same end. gentoo is another one that made some crazy decisions on how it works. > When we developers use a tool or library to make our work easier, it's our job > to make it easy for the user to install that tool or library. > distributions claim ease of installation. it is very easy to use the autotools and make tools to install gimp. this is the promise that the gimp developers make. yum is a fedora idea and no one on the gimp developer team has anything to say about how yum works. i actually get the creeps even typing the word -- yum. who came up with that? > Most Gimp users want to spend their brainpower on making new and interesting > images -- not on getting the software installed. If Gimp relies on tools > provided by the operating system or the gcc libraries, Gimp should find ways > to make installation easy in environments of widely differing versions of > these tools. > use make and autoconf. GIMP stans for GNU Image Manipulation Program. this is the promise. use a distribution that promises gnu and gimp should be no problem to install. i hope that gimp developers are interested in having gimp install easily with gnu tools. it always has installed easily with these tools and i suspect always will. carol _______________________________________________ Gimp-user mailing list [EMAIL PROTECTED] http://lists.xcf.berkeley.edu/mailman/listinfo/gimp-user