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Jul 14, 2014, 11:42 PM
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You see it every time you boot up Linux. Along with Firefox & Open office, it's 1 of the 3 programs that have always defined the Linux desktop. It's The Gimp. It was truly extraordinary when it 1st came out. The user interface was better designed, tighter & more polished than any other free program at the time, by a wide margin.

It still crashed a lot, but it was your best hope of avoiding paying $300 for Photoshop. It couldn't swap images to disk for many years, making it require extremely large amounts of RAM, for the time. Other image editing programs like XV & Imagemagik were really hard to use.

The GUI toolkit it was written on became the standard for all the major desktop programs since, from Firefox to Google Chrome. It was ported to every platform. There was an extreme frenzy of development from 1996-1999 when Gimp, GTK, & most of the modern software world were being brought into existence.

The original authors of Gimp receded from the project but continued to be coworkers ever since & never had a rainy day, though their later work was never as famous as Gimp. They're now staff members at Square, which is considered the next Paypal & perhaps the next SpaceX.

Square was founded by the founder of Twitter. 1st encountered a Square terminal in 2012. It seemed like an obvious necessity that many banks were offering, but apparently Square was the only one. It was started in 2009, the optimum time to start a monopoly if you had capital, because no-one else did.

The founders of the most famous dot coms have consistently moved into physical appliances like Square or Kindle, then robotics, then space, in virtually identical succession. They never ever invest in another pure software venture. It seems to be the way the human mind naturally grows. Every time you finish a step, you wonder what would be more influential & go down the same list.

Spencer Kimball & Peter Mathis could write their own ticket ever since writing Gimp, all based on that 1 free program from 20 years ago. That wasn't true for all the original free software programmers. They were both CS & EE at Berkeley. Most importantly though, 1 of them had a very rich dad. Spencer Kimball was the great grandson of the church president Spencer W. Kimball.
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