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Hi from Marijke Groothuis

Mar 23, 2012, 02:52
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Hi from Marijke Groothuis
I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for the release of Gimp 2.8 as I want to start teaching with the software in my digital image manipulation courses at the University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia.
It has taken nearly 3 months to complete 2 days of work of the 8 days that were still needed on 28/12/2011 and I am beginning to fear that it won't be released in time for me to make the alterations to the teaching materials for this coming 2nd semester. I suppose I am hoping to get the message out there that it is beginning to get harder and harder to convince management that the GIMP 2.8 is the best choice for our students. I hate to have to tell students that it is going to cost them a lot of money to be taught the intricacies of image manipulation while we are so close to the release of 2.8 . Our current software will not be carried over to the new semester and so it is decision-time.
Any ideas as to how we can speed things along a bit? (I know the developers have other jobs, don't get me wrong, but 6 days of work is left, SIX DAYS!!!!)
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Mar 23, 2012, 22:15
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RE: Hi from Marijke Groothuis
(Mar 23, 2012 02:52)mgroothuis Wrote:  I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for the release of Gimp 2.8 as I want to start teaching with the software in my digital image manipulation courses at the University of Ballarat, Ballarat, Australia.
It has taken nearly 3 months to complete 2 days of work of the 8 days that were still needed on 28/12/2011 and I am beginning to fear that it won't be released in time for me to make the alterations to the teaching materials for this coming 2nd semester. I suppose I am hoping to get the message out there that it is beginning to get harder and harder to convince management that the GIMP 2.8 is the best choice for our students. I hate to have to tell students that it is going to cost them a lot of money to be taught the intricacies of image manipulation while we are so close to the release of 2.8 . Our current software will not be carried over to the new semester and so it is decision-time.
Any ideas as to how we can speed things along a bit? (I know the developers have other jobs, don't get me wrong, but 6 days of work is left, SIX DAYS!!!!)
There is an old proverb in the computer industry... when you ask a programmer how long it will take, to have a trustable estimate, take whatever he told you, multiply by 2, and take the immediately bigger time unit. So 6 days is really 12 weeks.

In the meantime, you can take the latest 2.7.x release, it is stable enough and will not be very different from 2.8 (it has the new layer groups, in particular).

I'm not related in any way with the gang of Gimp developers, and I'm not their PR department, opinions expressed thereof are only mine.

Now answering your questions on
https://Gimp-Forum.net
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Mar 24, 2012, 00:04
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RE: Hi from Marijke Groothuis
Problem with the 2.7.5 release is that our ICT Service dept does not want to install an "unstable" version of software. Personally I have no problems with it at all, having used this version for the last couple of weeks and not experienced any problems whatsoever.
Btw, I am very familiar with your old proverb Tongue - I was a programmer several lifetimes ago (70s & 80s) and project creep was very much in fashion in those days.
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