Posted May 20, 2011 15:08 UTC (Fri) by intgr
In reply to: Fools errand
Parent article: LGM: Usability and AdaptableGIMP
if you actually want to better a project, choose anything but the GIMP. You would have a better chance of getting patches accepted for ed(1).
While I'm not familiar with the subject, I get the impression from the article that they never intended to get their work upstream -- they forked not just GIMP, but also GIMP's libraries and changed them in a backwards-incompatible manner. They didn't even base their work on the GIMP development version, but the stable release, which would be quite painful to integrate back into current GIMP development branch. There are no "patches" to speak of, it's unfair to fault GIMP developers for this.
The older LWN article Realtime Linux: academia v. reality comes to mind, which paints a very grim picture of the academia. Basically it states that most of the time the academics are more concerned with chucking out lots of papers and promoting said papers, to get more citations. Improving the state of affairs, or even coming up with something applicable, is secondary.
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