Posted Apr 1, 2004 14:15 UTC (Thu) by joib
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's Guide to Image Viewers
Nice timing of the article; The recent introduction of xfree86 4.3 in debian sarge caused my old xv package, which had been around since the potato days, to be removed. It was kind of sad to see it go after all those years of service... :(
IIRC the reason was some conflict with xlib6g, another old package which was also removed, and xv depended on it.
Anyways, I decided that instead of finding some third-party xv .deb, I should take the effort to start using some free viewer(s) instead. As another poster noted, I think it's a mistake to complain that the other viewers don't have exactly the same features as xv. Having used xv for about 8 years now, it's natural that learning to use some other tool feels awkward, but that's just a fact of life. Things change. For more complicated editing there's always gimp, so personally I'm mainly interested in a small application that loads quickly and is as simple to use as possible.
So far qiv, feh, xzgv and gthumb are highest on my list. display, from ImageMagick, seems to have all the required features but it seems very slow for some reason.
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