Summary: Please sign the Bring Out The GIMP petition
IN order to avoid further Mono dependencies in Ubuntu, readers are kindly urged to sign this new petition, titled “Bring Out The GIMP”. Please spread the word so as to get as many signatures as possible. █
Where in that discussion did anyone mention Mono?
Have you considered the possibility that this was done for a good reason, taking into account Ubuntu’s audience? The bundled software is being replaced with different software that, if all goes well, should be more practical. (Free video editing software by Collabora, which will hugely benefit from the support. F-Spot is the same size it’s always been. Be happy).
How is removing an application like GIMP considered crippling, anyway? Removing apt, or free video codecs, or the necessary drivers for making network connections, I could understand. Do you regularly run the live CD to edit images? Do you think the elusive “new user” will, in deciding whether to run Ubuntu, see GIMP, know what it is, /find an image file to edit/ and proceed to play with it? And if they already know what it is, why do they need to play with it?
Right now, Ubuntu uses the main menu as advertising space to promote certain applications. People want applications like GIMP to be in there so that new users find out they are available. That is flawed design. A better approach is to utilize the software centre, which in Lucid will promote the great applications available to end users (like GIMP) far better – and less obtrusively – than the default main menu does in a way that actually gets them interested in using those applications.
Finally, I don’t see why you would sign a petition with such nonsensical writing as this…
“If the functionality said [current trendy] application provides, is also provided by another application which is far leaner, then please fix the problems with the leaner applications rather than removing important applications such as The GIMP.”
…which seems to completely negate the point of the petition. I’ll break it down:
* “GIMP does not seem to be in the category of ‘leaner applications’, but of ‘important applications’.”
* “If there are two possible replacements for GIMP, and one is lean but the other fits your needs better, fix the lean one.”
* “But never mind that whole ‘replacing things’ idea: don’t remove The GIMP to replace it with a lean application, trendy application or anything else: never remove The GIMP because we, the undersigned, said so.”
I’d also add that there are far leaner applications that could be used providing the same functionality and they don’t require booting The GIMP.
You may find it convenient to forget that, but I’m not that forgetful. In the petition I precisely say that if they have problems, let’s work on fixing them.
I must tell you that since Ubuntu switched to F-Spot for photos I get a horrible experience importing photos, because as I removed mono and family and put the replacement applications, Ubuntu spent zero effort in making sure the alternatives work.
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In the face of enormous pressure from non-technical Eurocrats like Battistelli, Spain remains strong and resists the Unitary Patent Court (UPC), which puts more power in the hands of an abusive body that grossly discriminates against Spaniards
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La Comisión Internacional (sic) de Comercio se esta entrometiendo en competición de nuevo permitiendo a un gigante de los Estados Unidos Ciso en este caso, a potencialmente bloquear rivales (no importaciones del extranjero) usando patentes de software.
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