I will check the darktable news from time to time to see if anything significant has changed, but I doubt it will. It has so much potential, but it is not to be. A few years ago there were not too many choices, but now there are some pretty good ones:Integrated raw processor, non-destructive editor, DAM:
Lightroom (Windows, Mac)
ACDSee Pro (includes integrated bitmapped editor and can use 64-bit Photoshop plugins) (Windows)
ACDSee Ultimate (includes integrated bitmapped editor with layers and can use 64-bit Photoshop plugins) (Windows)
On1 Photo Raw (Windows, Mac)
Exposure X5 (Windows, Mac)
Corel (Bibble) Aftershot Pro (Windows, Mac, Linux)
It is looking like On1 Photo Raw and Exposure X5 have become quite good. I do read sometimes from some users complaining that On1 is slow on their computer and then others say that it runs very well on theirs. Note that this is exactly what you hear from Lightroom users. From what I hear though it does seem that it has gotten into pretty good shape now. I should download the trial and try it out. Exposure X5 also really looks good and later I will probably download the trial. I bought ACDSee Pro 9 in 2016 to try out and I liked a whole lot about it too. I also bought Aftershot Pro 1 in 2011 and found a lot to like with it too. I should download the ASP 3 trial too to see what has changed in the last 9 years.
If I had no processed photos in my Lightroom catalog (probably 50k or more have been processed out of 110k) I would probably go with ACDSee Pro, Exposure X5, or On1 Photo Raw. As it is, I still have about 10 months on this year's Lightroom/Photoshop subscription so I won't do anything yet.Integrated raw processor, non-destructive editor, very basic DAM:
LuminarIntegrated raw processor, non-destructive editor:
Individual camera specific programs from Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, Fuji, Nikon, etc.
I probably missed a few.
There was a great window of opportunity for darktable, but they squandered it and seem to be determined to remain irrelevant. Fortunately, in 2020 we are getting some great choices.