GIMP *final* release for Gutsy?

Emmet Hikory emmet.hikory at
Fri Nov 9 04:34:29 UTC 2007

On 11/9/07, Scott (angrykeyboarder) wrote:
> Scott Kitterman spake thusly :
> > On Thu, 08 Nov 2007 16:48:55 -0700 "Scott (angrykeyboarder)"  wrote:
> >> Gutsy shipped with a *non-final* release of The GIMP (2.4 RC3, to be
> >> specific).
> >>
> >> In situations of this type (my) logic would dictate that Gutsy would be
> >> updated (gutsy-updates?) with the Final version soon after it's release
> >> (rather than leave users with an unfinished product in main).
> >>
> > As a rule, developers aren't terribly impressed by version numbers.
> > What problem are you  having that you think this would fix and that is severe enough to warrant a stable release
> > update?
> None that would "interest" [some Ubuntu] developers, I suppose....
> OK...

    It is important to understand the nature of the issue.  Many of
the bugfixes that are applied in upstream GIMP 2.4 final are also
included in the current Ubuntu package (although the version number is
different).  If there is a specific bug that needs to be addressed, or
a specific patch that should be applied, emphasis on this issue would
spur resolution.

    If the only issue is the text of the version string, without
behavioural impact, the developer time may be more beneficially
applied to resolution of more significant bugs, or preparation of the
next release.

> Off to plan B.
> Oh wait, Ubuntu developers get upset when users go elsewhere for updated
> versions of software...

    No so much upset, but that packages from external repositories
cannot be supported (as the specifics of the packaging are not
controlled by Ubuntu).  It may be that the package is
perfect, but it may also be that it is not.

> Off to plan C.
> ? will be the solution,
once available packaging for gimp 2.4.1 is adjusted to include
existing Ubuntu changes.  This effort is currently in queue for
available developer time.  This effort may be accelerated by
investigation of the relevant Ubuntu variation, and the presentation
of a patch for review by developers (although it may be slowed by
interruption of the developers for repeated review of an incomplete


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