Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

GIMP Single-window mode progress report

Filed under

When the news of the introduction of a single-window mode in GIMP 2.8 hit the net it became clear what an incredible desire for something like this there was. The reactions have been overwhelmingly positive, and this really helps to motivate you to hack on it. The news also revealed an interesting but previously rather anonymous group of people: multi-window zealots despising the idea of a single-window mode in their beloved multi-window application. I suspect they don't realize that single-window mode is going to be optional...

I am happy to tell that the implementation of the single-window mode is progressing well.

rest here


> it became clear what an incredible desire for
> something like this there was

This has been one of the most requested features for years and we kept getting denied, and now that it's happening it's a surprise that people wanted this?

> previously rather anonymous group of people:
> multi-window zealots

I am pretty sure that the supporters of non-single-window were well known and heard, I am not sure how they can be considered anonymous.

I remember asking at one point if there was anything that could be done with a window manager to keep the apps all tied together, for minimizing etc, even if they were technically separate windows. I was berated within the IRC channel for even asking the question, being told that 'the Unix philosophy is one app for every purpose that does its job well' (or something along these lines). When I pointed out that window management or single/separate windows was totally unrelated to that 'single purpose app' I was kicked out of the channel.

I am excited for this change in the Gimp. Now, as others have suggested, is a name change in order to help the level of professionalism with this application?

Yes Finally :)

It seems like it's about as insane sounding as Linus suddenly announcing he will default to the BFS scheduler.

I always wanted to try to tie the windows together and didn't ever find something that worked how I wanted it to. Ended up dedicating an entire desktop to the gimp which was less than ideal.
It's a great program but an annoyance when you load it whilst working on other programs at the same time.

I'm glad they're finally offering this feature.

Now all it takes is for them to sort out some of the cryptic symbols and menu's.
(or whether that's just me being a n00b)

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

A History Of Everyday Linux User's 350 Blog Posts

This article is something of a landmark as it is the 350th post on Everyday Linux User. I took last week off to celebrate. Well actually I went away with the family down to England for a few days and didn't take a computer with me. I did take in Alnwick Castle however which is the location for Hogwarts from the Harry Potter films. Read more

Kodi 17 "Krypton" Beta 4 Released with ARMv8A 64-bit Builds for Android, Fixes

Today, October 25, 2016, Martijn Kaijser had the great pleasure of announcing the release and immediate availability of the fourth, and probably the last Beta milestone of the upcoming Kodi 17 open-source and cross-platform media center software. Read more

GNOME's Epiphany 3.24 Web Browser to Use Firefox Sync Service, HTTPS Everywhere

The GNOME developers are preparing to release the first development version of the upcoming GNOME 3.24 desktop environment, versioned 3.23.1, and we can't help but notice that some of the core apps were updated recently. Read more

Suse: Question. What do you call second-place in ARM enterprise server linux? Answer: Red Hat

ARM TechCon Suse is claiming victory over Red Hat by announcing – and these caveats are all crucial – "the first commercial enterprise Linux distribution optimized for ARM AArch64 architecture servers." In plainer English, Suse has developed an enterprise-grade Linux distribution that runs on 64-bit ARM servers (should you happen to ever find one). Suse claims this software is a world first because it is a finished commercial product, thus beating Red Hat to the punch: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server for ARM is still only available as a beta-like development preview. Read more