Re: [Gegl-developer] [Gimp-developer] Getting contributors via OpenHatch


On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 4:37 AM, scl <scl gplus gmail com> wrote:

lately somebody committed to [OpenHatch] spoke to me in IRC
whether we at GIMP want to work with OpenHatch to gain more
OpenHatch defines itself as 'a non-profit organization
with the goals of lowering the barriers to entry into
open source community and increasing diversity'.

That's all fine, but I don't understand this barrier thing. There are
already absolutely *NO* barrier to contribute to GIMP. Unless you
count the quality barrier, but we are able to accompany new developers
to improve to meet all quality requirements, if they are really
I have a hard time seeing how another project in-between, as an
additional layer, could do anything to improve things. But I may be

They also teach the next generation of students on colleges
how to participate in open source communities, so 'Hello, next
GSOC students'.
I personally think it's a great chance to get some open
problems solved:
To push the things a bit forward:
- Can we mark some more trivial and gnome-love bugs?

This would be good.

- Is anybody willing to mentor some students or give a
classroom presentation and if yes in which topic/area?

What is this exactly about? "Classroom"? Are we speaking about
physical classrooms? Like in university?

In any case, I am now in Paris, and I am never against sharing the
Free Software contribution love and lead some new developers towards

- Are there any topics we've been putting off, neglecting
or just plain avoiding? - IMHO the GEGL ports and Windows
bugs need some care.

Obviously. But that's always the same problem: we can't force people
to work on fields they don't care about. I have myself done quite a
few Windows bugs out of boredom. And I would likely do more in the
future. But I definitely won't do it my priority ever, for the simple
reason I have *nearly never* used Windows in nearly 10 years. The real
solution is to find Windows developers who are interested in GIMP, not
asking existing dev to care about an OS they don't use. This is the
other way around. :-D

If we have this, we can update [GIMP's and GEGL's pages there].

I'm cross-posting this message to the GIMP and GEGL developer
lists, because I think also GEGL could benefit from it.

Well I don't really mind people trying things. I am sceptical on using
third party platform, but who knows? Maybe we'll have nice surprise.
As long as it does not interfere with usual "simple" contribution


Kind regards,



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