New Inkscape 0.92.1 fixes your previous works done with Inkscape

Inkscape 0.92.1 is around with fixes for Pepper&Carrot! (artwork from episode 15)

This blog-post is about a happy-end after a previously published blog-post named New Inkscape 0.92 breaks your previous works done with Inkscape published on 20 January. A lot of reactions did happen about this previous blog-post and the news get quickly viral. That's why I thought it was nice to make another blog post to "close this case". 

First, thanks a lot to all the support from all the readers in this adventure ! I received many support on the dedicated thread on Reddit, on Twitter and on G+ about it. The highlight of the issue was immediate: the developers of Inkscape quickly saw how big the problem could go if all machine were updating to 0.92 : "...that update might do no less than break every diagram,map,etc on wikipedia." -Mc on this mailing-list discussion . So I was happy my alert could give focus on this problem, high priority and trigger action to potentially save this type of super-diagram we all love on the GNU/Linux ecosystem.

So the news is;
 ♪ ♫ TADAAAAAA!! ♪ ♫ Inkscape version 0.92.1 released today fixes the problem.
(You can read the releases notes here and download it here).

Many thanks to the Inkscape developers for the hard work! and in particular to Mc for the big work spending day and night on it and for him hanging around on Pepper&Carrot IRC channel during all this time to inform me and the translators of Pepper&Carrot about the progress, tips to compile and gathering feedback/test for the 0.92.1 branch. It was super precious!

Inkscape 0.92.1 displaying correctly the english translations of episode 9 ; Over 10000 files are now safe!

But, I was also surprised of many reaction around the web. Mainly how the famous LinuxActionShow spoke about the article on episode 453 at 0:26:55. They missed the point thinking it was an issue limited to my GNU/Linux machine and a 'upgrade too soon' issue and rant against FLOSS.... Of course I could downgrade my local Inkscape to 0.91 in a single minute! The 'blame for using FLOSS' I was talking about was mainly about my clients and contributors on Windows/Mac installing Inkscape 0.92 via the official Inkscape online homepage and working with my sources. They don't have choice on Inkscape page but to install the 0.92 and open my sources with it. So, it's not a package management problem nor a single user Linux problem. All is not Linux-centric and they missed it because they kept their mind in this box. Too bad they preferred talking mostly about my attitude. That's classic of journalism: blame the one who spread the alert and avoid speaking of the content of the alert. Also, I'll pass their assumption about my usage of free software for money reasons... Bleeee....

Screenshot from the LinuxActionShow #453 , speaking about the article

All in all, many time was spent on this. For sure I learned in this adventure how to compile Inkscape, switch branch using Bzr , get two installed version to give feedback for beta-testing and also I met the friendly Inkscape team via their dev IRC channel #inkscape-devel on Freenode. I'll defintely keep around, and read from time to time the channel, update compiled source, run test, etc... Beta-testing is also a small part of why I receive patronage. I just hope it will not end in beta-testing all the packages of my system :-)

Note: If more artists using Inkscape around wants to join beta-testing, I can explain in a future article how to compile Inkscape as I did for the guide "building Krita on Linux for cats ". Let me know!

Now I'm back on detailing/painting episode 21, release will be soon.


link   Joe   , - Reply

LinuxActionShow has been called entertaining by some, but I don't know if anyone has ever accused it of being investigative, insightful, or accurate.

link   Mr.Dolus   , - Reply

Haven't really been keeping up with LAS for the last couple years... Looks like things went downhill after Matt left.

link   Martin Owens   , - Reply

Thanks David for posting this update. It's very good to hear of you being involved and your invitation to other users to debug, test and at least communicate with the inkscape project is more valuable than you may know.

Sorry to hear LAS got the wrong end of the stick. I've noticed a sort of mistake that happens a lot where people make the mistake of jumping on your arguments based on what they "think" you've said. Only yesterday I had a row with someone on G+ because they thought I was betraying Free Software by suggesting we have a patreon for Inkscape. *roll eyes*

link   raghukamath   , - Reply

> Only yesterday I had a row with someone on G+ because they thought I was betraying Free Software by suggesting we have a patreon for Inkscape. *roll eyes*

Why is that a betrayal, I think patreon for free software developer is a good thing.

link   raghukamath   , - Reply

A building inkscape for cats will be awesome, I was searching for such guide when building it. Let me know if you need any help creating the guide :)

link   hjkla   , - Reply

My Carrot, those two guys in the discussion video are totally off. They are probably so arrogant they did not prepare for ti well and they are just saying things that come to their mind. Hold on tight David.

link   xwindows   , - Reply

Thanks for your work on publicizing this issue; developers sometimes forget that breaking users' work is a big NO-NO. And they don't seem to listen to ameteur artist either (unless he/she provide patches, that is).

This problem highlight how life-saving the sentiments like "Don't break userspace!" are; and not many developers respect this anymore.

Still, I'm not sure whether the conversion is one way or not (i.e. whether "converted" files would break under old Inkscape 0.48), and I work using three different Inkscape version on daily basis...

So I will not be jumping ship from 0.48 yet; not unless they fix the export page size gambit and the font selection mess at least (will test these later). Meanwhile, I will keep an eye on 0.9x, and pray there wouldn't be another show-stopping bug again in 0.93.

P.S. I have read their discussion log: they seem to completely ignore that some users (me included) look at the new release solely in the hope that "Finally, this bug is now fixed". So I'm still pessimistic about how they handle bug priority.

Anyway, "Building Inkscape on Linux for cats" would be nice too.

link   ArgoS   , - Reply

Very good news!

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