Geeqie is pretty much my favorite image viewer. Even though it's maybe a bit more "heavy-weight" than some others, it's very fast, very flexible (it allows a lot of configuration to make its behavior in various non-default circumstances exactly how one likes), and has great image quality even when scaling (and allows you to choose the scaling filter for those times when you intentionally want only "nearest" filtering, for instance). I like the fact that it is oriented more around viewing directories of images, and does a great job of it, but also allows you to hide all the directory-related UI grot and just focus on the current image I love the fact that it handles partially-written image files without complaint (some image viewers just fall over and die), and will automatically re-read an image that has changed, without messing up the current view even if one has zoomed and panned in the partial image! In general, Geeqie just seems to do "the right thing" more often than other image viewers. [E.g., if you zoom and pan to see a small detail of an image, then hitting the SPC or BS keys to move to the next or previous image in the directory will keep your position and zoom level if possible, which makes it wonderful for doing inter-image comparison of fine details...]
I do not like it at all. gqview was easy to use especially the external editors feature where I had on different shortcuts different resizings. External editors here I am not able to set up as I wish. It is called fork, but old gqview setting was ignored without any warnings, etc, etc, etc ....
Despite the existence of geeqie, I still use the old good gqview with my own patches. The reason for this is that geeqie development is poor: it is not even possible to submit a bug report (you need to be "authorized" to do so), and old bugs still remain. In fact, a long time ago I submitted a very serious bug, and it is still not fixed: if you have a folder with many images and try to open only one, geeqie takes forever to open ("forever" depends on the number of files in the folder). The reason for this is that geeqie makes an ordered list of the files of the folder, without purpose (gqview has the same bug). My patch for this is to generate the file list ONLY if the folder panel is visible. A trivial and logical 1-line patch, yet never implemented. It's a pity that geeqie is not evolving, it is a great program.