Has it only been ONE year?
Yep, today, October 26, 2004 is Inkscape's first anniversary. This time
last year we registered Inkscape with SourceForge and poured ourselves
into converting it over to C++.
Our first public announcement of the founding of the Inkscape project
occurred a bit over a week later, on Nov 6th, to be followed closely by
our first release to Freshmeat on Nov 10th.
It's been an amazing year with the project. We've had five very solid
releases, each a major advancement over the previous. We've taken a
project from scratch to being included standard in nearly every major
Linux distro. Tens of thousands of people use Inkscape today!
Most importantly, we've succeeded in building a very open and prolific
development team, and have been fortunate in gaining a very supportive
and friendly user community.
For the year to come, I think we can look forward to gaining solutions
to many of the features and issues we're worrying about right now like
PDF, extensions, Gtkmm, etc. CSS will probably be a major effort, but
one we'll gain a huge amount of benefit from. I think (hope) we'll see
expansion of Inkscape's audience to include technical drawing in a big
way. I'd like to put some effort into building up a healthy donation
system since we already have users asking about that.
I also hope we can continue to expand the size of the development team
and the userbase. We should continue to encourage users to peek under
the hood and fiddle with stuff; I'm hopeful the extensions system will
also provide an easy way for users to get involved. We would also do
well to expand our efforts at demoing and presenting Inkscape at trade
shows and conferences.
Congratulations and thank you to everyone that's helped us get this far,
and look forward to seeing what Inkscape can achieve in 2005. :-)
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