Re: Forget the geeky stuff, sort out the user experience.
it's not an "experience" it's a "journey".
In the case of Gimp, it is a wrestle - with an alligator!
Just try to add some text in a specific place, font and size. Even one word can take an hour as all your settings get eaten by vultures or kidnapped by aliens - you set 12 points? Well tough - it goes back to 17 pixels before you can press a space bar. You selected "Pillar box red"? Well, you did, but the default is black, so that is what you get?
As for changing the brush size? well you will need to sacrifice more than a goat for that to work!