A disturbance in the force.

A friend of mine's experiences with GIMP vs Photoshop are telling. Like many, she tried switching but found GIMP less than useful for any number of things. Such as no 'draw a hollow square' tool, among many, many others. When poking the developers about this the reply came back, in essence, "GIMP is not a Photoshop replacement, it's for photo manipulation." 

Well, it seems that the Ubuntu distribution managers agree with my friend more than the GIMP developers, as they're dropping GIMP from the default install. Why? Well...
  • the general user doesn't use it
  • its user-interface is too complex
  • it's an application for professionals
  • desktop users just want to edit photos and they can do that in F-Spot
  • it's a photoshop replacement and photoshop isn't included by default in Windows...
  • it takes up room on the disc
If the most popular desktop linux on the planet calls GIMP a Photoshop replacement, then... it just might be a Photoshop replacement. No matter what the Devs think. It will be interesting to see what openSUSE and Fedora do in their next dev-cycles. If they keep GIMP, things will probably continue as usual. The same if a user revolt forces it back into the Ubuntu defaults. On the other hand, if Fedora and openSUSE follow suit, this will be a radical change in the GIMP community environment. They may start addressing the UI issues. Who knows.

As it stands, Adobe has nothing to fear from GIMP. Anyone well versed in Photoshop will find the UI conventions of GIMP wildly different, and the same applies to methods to solve certain image problems(*). Adobe only needs to fear the people who a) don't want to pay the umpty hundred bucks for Photoshop, b) aren't willing to pirate a copy, and c) are willing to tough it out and learn a completely new package with radically different UI metaphors. There aren't that many of those.

Me? I've never used Photoshop. Or if I have, it was back in the early 90's. I've been using GIMP all this time and that's what I know. I intend to keep it that way since I really don't want to start paying Adobe all that money. That said, I totally understand why people don't like it. I also miss simple tools like 'draw a square', and 'draw a hollow circle'.

(*) Some of these solution paths are patented by Adobe, so no one else can do it that way if they wanted to. This is what closed source software brings you.


Fedora 12 came out this week, and their 'live cd' distro already does *not* have Gimp as part of the default install.

I install Gimpshop as default on every build we have on campus. We don't force anybody to use it, but as it's free I put the software there for those that might want to dabble.

Thanks for the info Anonymous person! I was wondering.@Azc I suspect GIMP has been 'demoted' to the same status as A/V codec and GPU packages when creating builds. Most folk will put it on anyway if they're making anything for wide use.

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