I'm tired of my computer-graphics-oriented friends telling me how much better Photoshop is than The Gimp. I'm going to try to do something about it. A friend of mine and I want to work on some improvements to The Gimp, including interface enhancements and feature additions. The plan is to do this as a summer "Undergraduate Research Project" at RPI. We will be making a proposal to a professor, in about an hour. If it goes through, we could actually get paid for working on free software! Wish us luck!
Update: The project was approved! We'll be getting course credit, instead of money, which seems fair enough. Not only will we be working on making changes to The Gimp, we'll also be demonstrating the effectiveness of these changes, from an HCI perspective. Professor Danchak seems pretty cool, too.
Update: This particular project was put on the back-burner, due to some more interesting projects that have surfaced. Only so many hours in the day. :(