Re: [Gimp-developer] Easy access for contributors
- From: gfxuser <gfx user online de>
- To: Aleksandar Kovač <alex open design gmail com>
- Cc: gimp-developer-list gnome org
- Subject: Re: [Gimp-developer] Easy access for contributors
- Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 20:49:25 +0100
Based on the thread title "[Gimp-developer] Easy access for
contributors" and the initial message I was under the impression that
we are talking about an idea of offering a /"pre-built developer
virtual machine, created with say SUSE factory and downloadable from
the GIMP developers page"/ or similarly fashioned dev 'shortcut' and
not GSoC. Did I get the context wrong?
No, you just got it right. My initial posting did not address developers
only, but also other potential contributors, like testers, bug
reporters, artists etc. IMO it's not their business to first learn
Linux, to package, to set up an environment, meanwhile see gray hair
growing on their heads and - weeks or months later - eventually start
trying out Gimp. Judging from my own painful experiences when making my
first steps with Linux I see very few chances, that they will be still
in the biz then.
If not... With that context in mind, it seemed like a worthy idea to
provide such a thing to the public.
I'm glad that somebody else sees these chances. As Alexandre stated
here, Gimp developers currently have no capacities for packaging.
Presently I'm also not able to do it, but if the idea is good, don't get
it lost! Maybe I can return in a few months and see this idea has
matured and put more energy into it.
Secondly, in Gimps download area I saw binaries only for the stable
branch, if current at all. For version 2.7.5. there are only sources
available. The aforementioned people need something do start and go. So
I made the proposal (oh no, a proposal... ;-) ) to put a link to
graphicall.org at the links page (http://graphicall.org/?keywords=gimp).
They have pre-built Gimp packages (without dev environment I suppose,
but this would be enough). This seems do be doable and Gimps website
maintainers are currently working on a site redesign. It could bring
more supporting people into this project without much effort. Maybe you
have capabilities to support the team there.
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