Darktable 1.4 released
Posted Jan 1, 2014 13:25 UTC (Wed) by smokeing (guest, #53685)
Somewhat unrelated to this, it's worth noting the way they say FU to Windows users (well, those refuseniks of them who won't go with LightRoom), for all I can see, the first time authors of a project of some significance come out so boldly.
Of all the cross-platform projects (from LibreOffice and Mozilla to FileZilla to some obscure niche medical application), the authors tout the support of all major Windows versions first and foremost (Free! Good alternative!), *and then also*, Mac and Linux. It's in the structure of their sites, too, with a "download" link put right in front of visitor's eyes. Some go the Java way outright.
Someone put it quite bluntly in a comment to a blog post announcing a release of Midori (the browser I'm using right now). That release's highlights had some noticeable improvements in or to Windows installer, and the commenter just said, Why on earth do you bother with a Windows version *at all*?
But the case is different with Darktable. An intersection of sets of people shooting in RAW and using Linux is definitely larger than all of Midori users on Windows, all .75 of them. And so, I really see it in the very zeitgeist that serious projects begin to appear that are not Windows-only or -first, not even cross-platform, but unreservedly, boldly going Linux-only. I like that.
Posted Jan 2, 2014 3:04 UTC (Thu) by thedevil (guest, #32913)
This choice also has an important consequence in the type of developer
the project attracts. There have been a few times I have seen a feature
added to RawTherapee (which is cross platform) with the developer saying
"To switch on this functionality go to http://big.rich.company.com and
download freebeer1.bin and binaryonly.exe. By the way, you need Wine to
run the latter." ;-) And he/she doesn't understand why anything would be
wrong with that.
OTOH, when Linux only means Gnome only or KDE only, it is not much of an
Posted Jan 5, 2014 10:40 UTC (Sun) by Wol (guest, #4433)
From somebody who has both rawtherapee and darkroom installed (but hasn't realy got into the "digital darkroom" yet) this is great news!
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