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+ - Krita's Second Crowdfunding Campaign Goes Live->

Submitted by vurian
vurian writes: This year, the Krita team is crowdfunding a big speed improvement as well as the development of animation support. Krita is a a free and open source painting application for Linux and Windows, used by professional artists all over the world. This year's slogan is "Let's make Krita faster than Photoshop!".
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+ - Krita starts Kickstarter Project->

Submitted by vurian
vurian writes: Krita, the free painting application, has started a kickstarter to fund one or two developers to work full-time on the next release. The last release was a huge success because Krita managed to fund Dmitry Kazakov; the next release should be even better!
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Comment: Re:Stallman ain't gonna be happy (Score 1) 304

by vurian (#45215983) Attached to: Torvalds: SteamOS Will 'Really Help' Linux On the Desktop
250k would pay for about fifty man-months of development. For Gimp, the problem is that they basically decided that money isnt going to help, when they messed up when Mark Shuttleworth promised them a stiffish bounty for getting high bit depth images working. But I agree, and if you can help me setup a way to get 250k, that would definitely accelerate Krita's development in a very significant way. We've already got quite a bit of experience with sponsored, full-time development.

Comment: Re:Differential equations is not advanced math. (Score 2) 656

by vurian (#43874743) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Important Is Advanced Math In a CS Degree?
"You're learning differential equations to prepare you for lifetime of abstraction, to sharpen your skills in symbolic manipulation." That sounds a lot like the reason people were once told to learn Latin and Greek -- it would prepare them for a lifetime of thinking. Me, I think it works. Make everyone go through a course that has enough hard enough things to do and keep the ones who get through. It's just that maths isn't anything special, or even of more practical use than Latin, it's just a way to distinguish between capable and incapable.

Comment: Re:But it is SUPPOSED to (Score 0) 192

by vurian (#43265289) Attached to: Too Perfect a Mirror
Well, you don't have any level of credibility either -- making a bunch of posts doesn't give you that. What have you, actually, done to achieve credibility? Have you run a 1000+ repo, 1000+ developer project for free? Have you, before filling this slashdot article with your "I-know-best-these-people-are-morons" posts acquainted yourself with the actual situation at hand? I am sure you have not, and you have no excuse. You have not bothered to find out things that are elemental before commenting, and there is no excuse. What, exactly, have you done with your life that makes you fit to judge?

Comment: Re:programming != IT (Score 3, Interesting) 192

by vurian (#43265187) Attached to: Too Perfect a Mirror
Your remark is typically said by the guy who doesn't understand that a project like KDE is not an organization comparable to a Fortune 500 company. It is not a company. There are no employees. There is no significant income. Everything is done by volunteers. Everything. All of it. It is a large open source community, but it is not a company. There is no one responsible for telling anyone what to to do. There is no one who said "you have this budget", because there is no budget. This is completely outside your experience. There are no "they" who take care of things -- there is just an "us" -- and if you think your experience can be of use, you can be part of the "us", but you won't be paid, and every bit of hardware and bandwidth you use, you'll have to beg for. And it still works. Isn't that effing amazing?

Comment: Re:Lean how your tool works? (Score 4, Interesting) 192

by vurian (#43263759) Attached to: Too Perfect a Mirror
"I would also like to point out that the incompetence and arrogance of the KDE team is quite visible once you investigate a bit of their history." Actually, if you would investigate the history of the KDE sysadmin team you would find out that this handful of volunteers are doing a job that many full-time, well-funded sysadmins cannot rival. And.. Anyone who talks about "the KDE team" as if it's a single, monolithic entity doesn't know what they're talking about.

Fundamentally, there may be no basis for anything.