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GIMP Single-window mode progress report

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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.

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> 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)

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