If You read the 'readme' of the fork, you will see that it is intended to fork into a completely new program and will eventually get a new name. The first fundamental point of the fork is that the save menu is a legitimate place for file format choice.
I have read the PCLinuxOS mag and it does nothing to assuage my annoyance at the Gimp decision.
Libreoffice exports to .pdf because you can't re-open the file once exported, but every openable and savable format is in the open/save menus, not import/export. It should be the same for Gimp, the same as it is for Photoshop, hence my statement that it is 'dim-witted'. The decision of the Gimp Programmers has forced this fork and a division of its userbase for no other reason than wanting to make a Microsoft-like point "You must do it this way, because I am telling to do it this way"
Like many others, I am now going to move along the fork line because Gimp now runs contrary to the file opening and saving strategy logic of every other program I use. It would be better for me and those who share my opinion, that the fork alternative is added to the repos. I would rather not have to compile the source myself but will if I have to.
Gimp has got it wrong and it is time to part ways unless they can quickly come to their senses.
PS. This is a new ID because the forum is no longer recognising my old ID and Login after a year of not posting.