Re: [Gimp-developer] GIMP branched: new stable branch gimp-2-10


On Tue, May 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM, Kristian Rietveld <kris loopnest org>

On 22 May 2018, at 16:01, Jehan Pagès <jehan marmottard gmail com>

There is another issue which was raised these days by GTK+ developers who
discussed GIMP port: apparently GTK+3.99 (to become GTK+4) has currently
macOS backend! Basically that means we'd lose GIMP on macOS. And worse,
they have (nearly or none at all?) no developers working on this, so it's
not even sure when or if it will come.

The macOS backend been fully removed in 3.99??

I have no idea. Has it been removed? Is it still here but just completely
broken and waiting to be fixed?
Or simply so untested that none really knows?

For information, I am referring to this discussion:
As you can see, the first message is:

Gtk4 doesn't have a Mac backend AFAIK and I'm not sure it's widely tested
on Windows
(by Alberto Ruiz)

Actually even GTK+3 macOS port is bad but at least there is something.
Windows backend on GTK+3 is bad too (still according to GTK+ devs) but is
more tested than Windows backend.

I worked on the GTK+3 macOS port in the early beginning of GTK+3. I don’t
know how much work went into it after that, I did get the impression that
it got commits and maintenance regularly.

I wasn’t really looking forward to the GTK+3 port because of this and the
fact that the entire backend appears to have been removed doesn’t really
make it better :(  On the other hand, it should probably be much easier to
port GTK+3/4 to macOS compared to GTK+2.

Don't take my word for it. I was just relaying what I understood from the
Twitter thread above, which may itself not be perfectly informed.
It seems clear that the macOS backend is not that maintained though, seeing
how various GTK+ devs are clearly stating this as a fact, but I actually
guess they would not just remove years of code just on a whim (I hope so).




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