Is open software the only option...

Started May 6, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Doug Pardee
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LightZone is coming very, very soon (Win & Linux)
In reply to Marcin 3M, May 7, 2013

Marcin 3M wrote:

After recent experiences I am almost sure, that free and open software is the only option. I hope that Gimp finally become mature piece of software. I'm also waiting for this kind of raw processor (lightzone maybe, or ufraw). Digikam can be alternative for image management...

The LightZone Project is very close to releasing its first free, open-source builds of LightZone for Windows and Linux. The Windows build looks ready to go, and we're ironing out a few glitches in the Linux beta.

It's been a lot longer road than we originally anticipated. To a considerable extent, this was because LightZone was a commercial product. It included paid-for proprietary libraries, and the builds sometimes used proprietary tools. A lot of work went into cleaning the proprietary stuff out and replacing it with open-source stuff. Pavel Be┼łak and the team have done a great job.

The Mac build, alas, is still a ways off. It's been a lot harder to find Mac developers than Windows and Linux developers.

Anyway, keep your eyes open. It shouldn't be much longer before the first free, open-source LightZone installation packages appear. (See my signature for the link.)

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