It’s a pleasant surprise really, because until recently I thought they were going to join the ranks of stagnated FOSS projects (you can tell with the logs which is decent for Open Source). In general, this should at least be a boon to Blender developers who might need to design new icons for 2.8 (considering that they were made in this app.), and if Cycles ever gets support for rendering native vector textures a boon for many others as well.
Krita still has a ways to go before it’s considered a replacement for both The GIMP and Inkscape, because Krita is being developed as a specialized application for painting and that means things like general image editing is considered a low priority (if it exists that is).
So I doubt they will bury The GIMP because it is not their direction, whether or not it will pass Inkscape depends on how far they want to push the vector tools after they get the rest of the basics like text in.
Wasn’t it the Krita Team themselves that stated they were not going to focus on general image editing?
I would agree that Krita buried the GIMP in the area of painting, but GIMP unfortunately is still the best that FOSS has been able to muster for general 2D photo/image editing (and it also would be at risk of finally falling into obscurity if not for Photoshop’s low-cost alternatives not supporting Linux)
Jeez, relax. Inkscape isn’t going anywhere. They have devoted programmers. Jabier alone makes lots of interesting stuff with LPE and other tools, and Tav makes sure SVG specification has useful features for artists.
What I meant by that was that the Inkscape release earlier this year was the first one in a long while (no 2015 releases). This newest release is really showing that they are starting to get back to a decent release schedule and debunking notions that development was slowing down.