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press release: GIMP needs funding for GIMPCon June 2004

Press release

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GIMP needs funding for GIMPCon June 2004

In June 2004, the developers' conference for the well-known free
software photo editor GIMP <see: gimp> will be held at the GUADEC
conference <see: guadec> in Kristiansand, Norway. The GIMP
developers are looking for sponsors, big and small, to help
finance travel expenses and accommodation.

Currently, the GIMP community has received several generous
donations from the Free Software Foundation <see: fsf> and
MacGIMP <see: macgimp>, and a Merit Award from OSI <see: osi>,
but needs about 3000 US$ more.

Our goal is to have all the active GIMP and GEGL developers
present at GIMPCon 2004 in order to chart a course for the GIMP
for the next year and beyond. Having completely revamped its
user interface in the most recent release, version 2.0.0, the
plan is now to set the GIMP on track for a new rendering engine
(GEGL <>) that will allow arbitrary colour
depths and spaces.

Recently, the GNOME Foundation have agreed to help the GIMP
developers by allowing us to use their existing donation
structure, as outlined at There
are now several ways to donate to the GIMP, via the GNOME
Foundation: wire transfer, cheque and paypal.

If you wish the GIMP well, if you wish its development to
continue full steam ahead, or if you enjoy the GIMP now, and
wish to express that appreciation, donating money to the GIMP
would be a good idea in our opinion.

The GNOME Foundation is in the USA a tax-exempt, non-profit
501(c)(3) organization; all donations are tax-deductible in the


* *GIMP* (<>) is the GNU Image
Manipulation Program. It is free software for photo retouching,
image composition and image authoring. It can be used as a
simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching
program, an online batch processing system, a mass production
image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented
with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The
advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest
task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be
easily scripted.

GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms, but
also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X.

* The 5th annual GNOME User and Developer European Conference
(*GUADEC*, <>), will bring developers,
GNOME Foundation leaders and individual, business and government
GNOME and open source software users to Agder University
College in Kristiansand, Norway.

The conference is a unique forum for highlighting the
capabilities and direction of GNOME, the user environment for
desktops, networked servers and portable Internet devices.
GUADEC will also feature meaningful discussions of the future
direction of Open Source development.

* The *GNU* Project was launched in 1984 to develop a complete
UNIX style operating system which is free software: the GNU
system. (GNU is a recursive acronym for "GNU's Not UNIX"; it is
pronounced "guh-noo.") Variants of the GNU operating system,
which use the kernel Linux, are now widely used; though these
systems are often referred to as "Linux," they are more
accurately called GNU/Linux systems.

The Free Software Foundation (*FSF*, <>)
is the principal organizational sponsor of the GNU Project, and
supports the freedoms of speech, press, and association on the
Internet, the right to use encryption software for private
communication, and the right to write software unimpeded by
private monopolies.

* The *MacGIMP* project (<>) is a
collaborative effort to bring the gimp toolkit (GTK) and the GIMP
to Mac OS X. It also sells the MacGIMP CD, a build of the GIMP
for Mac OS.

* The Open Source Initiative (*OSI*) can be found at


This press release was written by Branko Collin, a GIMP
contributor. It can be read at
(This is a temporary location that may cease to function after
GUADEC 2004.)

branko collin
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