[Image-SIG] PIL development / community+releases

Felix Schwarz felix.schwarz at oss.schwarz.eu
Thu Aug 9 12:08:10 CEST 2012


I'm a bit confused about the current state of PIL.

As mentioned before the latest released version of PIL is 1.1.7, the latest
version on pypi is 1.1.6. I'm also aware of the pil-2009-raclette hg repository.

The hg repository has some interesting fixes but also several bitbucket forks,
some open pull requests and open issues.

What concerns me is that the last release was in 2009, issues don't seem to
get attention and even the pull requests are not being merged (some are open
for almost a year). In the hg repo I see some commits but the last one was
more than a year ago.

At the same time there is also pillow now
(http://pypi.python.org/pypi/Pillow/) which comes with its own set of patches
and even more forks on github.

It looks to me as if PIL development is "on hold" right now even though there
are clearly people interested in the library and a lot of work to do.

Is the raclette repo still the "authoritative" source for PIL development?
Any plans for a release? If not, what is missing right now?
Can you not just join forces with the "friendly fork" (Pillow) and get fresh
blood in the project?


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