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RE: [XaraXtreme-dev] inkscape

Am Montag, den 09.04.2007, 21:51 +0100 schrieb Charles Moir:
.... But I get the feeling the demand /
> interest for the Linux version is not great enough to attract open
> source developers willing to put time into it.
Hello Charles,

...just a small note: the current linux version is alredy *very*
usable. <irony> maybe this is another reason why it doesn't attract
lots of open source developers</irony>

I am using it all the time and will for sure buy a commercial version.
I wanted always to cotribute at some point, but my time is very limited,
so at the moment I contribute where I most urgently need some additional
features or get biten by serious bugs, which definitively is *not* for 
xara, rather cinelerra or maybe ardour, which I am using all day long 
for my projects.

A certain lack of developer manpower seems to be a problem with many
graphics / music / media open source apps. Besides programming skills,
certain special graphics/music/media knowledge and understanding is 
needed, and this combination is not so common. Even a project like 
ardour, which for sure is unique for the linux world, has only a 
rather small number of core developers and got only where it is
today because of the commitment of Paul Davis, who spent about
five years of full time work whithout any external support.

Personally, I consider this factor (the need for specialized developers)
far more imporatant than any licence policy questions, so, if the
community support is rather sparse, this doesn't necessarily mean 
you made any big mistake or did anything wrong.

At least you gave a brilliant app to us linux users and 
I want to express my gratitude to all of you!

Hermann Vosseler