Libre Graphics Meeting
The Libre Graphics Meeting (LGM) is an annual international convention for the discussion of free and open source software used with graphics; The first Libre Graphics Meeting was held in March 2006. Communities from Inkscape, GIMP, Krita, Scribus, sK1, Blender, Open Clip Art Library, Open Font Library, and more come together through the Create Project to assemble this annual conference. It was co-founded by Dave Neary and Dave Odin.
Held yearly since 2006 the Libre Graphics Meeting aims to attract developers, artists and professionals who use and improve free and open source software graphics applications. LGM aims to bring these people together in the cause of creating high quality free graphics applications; By collaborating it allows the development of cross-application assets like brushes and enhanced interoperability such as shared file formats.
Many of the separate groups take the opportunity to hold birds of a feather (BOF) sessions. For many individuals it is the only time they will get to see their team members in person.
Many things are discussed at each Libre Graphics Meeting, including usability, standards, announcements, color management and furthering the use of free software graphics applications in professional environments.
- Kinematic templates
- At the University of Waterloo some original research was done in the field of creating drawing aids for graphics applications. The aim was to allow an artist to draw using templates that would improve the shape or correctness of a brush stroke while maintaining a natural look. This presentation was given by Michael Terry, the lead researcher on the project.
- Professional adoption
- ginger coons gave a presentation at LGM 2009 discussing what it will take to get free software graphics applications in the doors of professional environments and schools
As well as cross pollination of ideas the Libre Graphics Meeting allows the discussion of possible future collaboration.
Louis Suárez-Potts, OpenOffice.org's Community Development Manager and Community Lead was sent to the Libre Graphics Meeting in 2007 to find ways that OpenOffice.org might be able to transcend the boundaries of a traditional office suite by collaborating with other open source projects. One of the ways that has been suggested at LGM 2007 was that open office could suggest another open source application when it could not perform the role a user required. For example when a user needed to edit an image in an office document, OpenOffice.org may suggest GIMP could fill the role required.
Specific Libre Graphics Meetings
|Year||Dates Held||Location||External Links||Notes|
|2006||March 17 to March 19||Lyon, France||Website||held at Ecole d'Ingénieurs CPE.|
|2007||May 4 to May 6||Montreal, Canada||Website and Video Recordings||held at Polytechnique de Montréal.|
|2008||May 8 to May 11||Wrocław, Poland||Website and Video Recordings||held at Wrocław University of Technology.|
|2009||May 6 to May 9||Montreal, Canada||Website and Video Recordings||held at École Polytechnique de Montréal.|
|2010||May 27 to May 30||Brussels, Belgium||Website and Video Recordings||held at Pianofabriek, Bruxelles.|
|2011||May 10 to May 13||Montreal, Canada||Website and Video Recordings||held at École Polytechnique de Montréal.|
|2012||May 2 to May 5||Vienna, Austria||Website and Video Recordings||held at Technikum Wien.|
|2013||April 10 to 13||Madrid, Spain||Website and Video Recordings||held at MediaLab Prado.|
|2014||April 2 to 5||Leipzig, Germany||Website||held at Leipzig University.|
|2015||April (TBA)||Toronto, Canada||Website||TBA|
- Addition of color management to GIMP and Inkscape.
- OpenRaster initiative to develop an exchange file format for raster graphics, supported by Krita, GEGL and MyPaint.
- Start of the UniConvertor project to provide Corel DRAW and WMF importers for Scribus, Inkscape and any other project willing to use them.
- KDE SC 4 graphics software using LibRaw instead of DCRaw to process Raw files, which is intended to achieve more consistent demosaicing, faster processing using OpenMP and better metadata extraction.
- LensFun library to automatically fix various lens distortions.
- Release of Open Clip Art Library 3.0.
- Release of Open Font Library publicly.
- Release of DeviantArt Developer API.
- Public Showing of Milkymist.
- Create Project
- Open Clip Art Library
- Open Font Library
- Open Source Developers' Conference
- Linux.com Historic Libre Graphics Meeting set for next month retrieved 10 May 2009
- Libre Graphics Meeting 2009
- (PDF) Libre Graphics Meeting 2009 Press Release
- Kinematic Templates - Presentation by Michael Terry
- Linux Developer Network Article - "Libre Graphics Meeting 2009: Visions of the Future"
- Linux Format - Interview with Louis Suárez Potts
- A mail from UniConvertor's dveloper in VectorSection's Google Group
- digiKam at LGM 2008: a great event!
- Create Project Mailing List: Lens correction database
- prokoudine blog - "LGM’07-08, LensFun"
- "Milkymist One Shown at Libre Graphics Meeting". Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- Official Site
- Libre Graphics Meeting - Report 2007
- Linux Format articles related to Libre Graphics Meeting
- Nathan Willis, Historic Libre Graphics Meeting set for next month, Linux.com February 21, 2006
- Nick Veitch, Libre Graphics Meeting 2006, Linux Format, March 21, 2006
- Nick Veitch, "Libre graphics", Linux Format n. 80, June 2006
- Nick Veitch, Interview: Oyvind Kolas, Linux Format no. 96, September 2007
- Nick Veitch, Interview: Louis Suárez-Potts, Linux Format no. 97 (Linux Format, October 2007 ([also available online)
- Nick Veitch, Libre Graphics 2008, Linux Format no. 109, September 2008
- Ted Gould, Art meets open source at Libre Graphics Meeting, Linux.com, May 15, 2007
- Linux.com article on 2008 LGM Fundraising Drive
- Nathan Willis, Press Release for 2009 Conference, Linux.com, April 11, 2008