Everyone has their own preferences, would be a boring world if everyone was the same.
Nice application but not for me. When I first tried Darktable, some time ago, my first impressions, I do not need another file manager, why does it need to be one.
To be fair to this thread which is Gimp and RT, I just tried Darktable as a plugin to open a RAW image. With the caveate that the DE is KDE I get this.
Denying the KDE wallet a few times (Why that? my regular machine has Wallet disabled) and closing the warning, it was 25 seconds to open/analyse the image to get to the state with the little icon imge at the bottom. All I want is that image into Gimp, taking the hint from RT I closed the window, waited 20 seconds and got the image into Gimp.
Less than a minute but subjectivly seemed much longer. You think, What has gone wrong? Why is it not opening? all the things when nothing happens.
What I really want is a Gimp plug-in that will just open the d… file. I have one but it does not work any more. Opens an image up almost imediately, set the output to 16 bit, 5 seconds into Gimp 2.9.5
Now there is the challenge to RT/Darktable - make one of those.