GIMP 25 years later. What has changed?

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Gimp has recently accomplished 25 years, many have passed since that first message sent by Peter Mattis in various online groups announcing a new graphics editor called GIMP.

We've been really busy ever since!

We had to invent GTK, our own user interface toolkit. We would not have expected entire desktop environments, come GNOME e Xfce, became the result. GTK is now a standalone project used by thousands of developers.

Surprisingly, some Hollywood developers wrote the beginnings of what became a new image processing engine called GEGL, now also used by some other software projects. We've still barely scratched the surface of what's possible with GEGL.

We introduced Wilber, our mascot who has traveled the world and done some wacky things. They grow up so fast! (Gimp splash screens don't lie).

We helped kickstart the Free Graphics Meeting as an extended version of our annual meetup in 2006. Since then, they have made many new friends every year.

We have done our best to provide a reasonable workflow for users by using common UI templates. This has brought us some questionable nicknames such as “Photoshop per Linux”, “Free Photoshop” and “that ugly piece of software”. We can still fully agree only with the latter!

We tried to do too many things at once with too few active developers to realistically get things done in a reasonable amount of time. We made many people think that the project was dead while we were almost enslaving ourselves. So we introduced a schedule. So far it is paying off.

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We've pissed off more people with software quirks than we'd like. We have received more help from passionate contributors than we expected. We can certainly expect even more help.

We got ourselves an animation project called ZeMarmot to create a positive feedback loop involving artists and developers. We continue to use our chat to converse with artists, some of whom have believed and believe a lot in GIMP. This really helps.

Every day we are one step closer to completing GIMP's tedious but extremely important refactoring work to make way for great, new things. Things we've been meaning to do for a long time, things that users have been expecting for a long time.

The world is definitely a different place 25 years later. Louder, more confusing, more challenging. Definitely less secure. But also full of warmth and humanity. We have seen waves of this humanity continually caress the rocky shores of GIMP.

We really don't have any big news for you to commemorate the anniversary. I am sorry for that. We continue to enslave ourselves – in a smarter way these days, hopefully. But there may be a cake.

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