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I can't install GIMP, it says something about unmet dependencies.

The following packages have unmet dependencies:

gimp: Depends: python-gtk2 (>= 2.8.0) but 2.24.0-2 is to be installed
      Depends: libc6 (>= 2.11) but 2.13-20ubuntu5.1 is to be installed
      Depends: libfontconfig1 (>= 2.8.0) but 2.8.0-3ubuntu2 is to be installed
      Depends: libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 (>= 2.22.0) but 2.24.0-1ubuntu1 is to be installed
      Depends: libglib2.0-0 (>= 2.31.2) but 2.30.0-0ubuntu4 is to be installed
      Depends: libgs9 (>= 8.61.dfsg.1) but 9.04~dfsg-0ubuntu11.5 is to be installed
      Depends: libgtk2.0-0 (>= 2.24.0) but 2.24.6-0ubuntu5 is to be installed
      Depends: libgudev-1.0-0 (>= 147) but 1:173-0ubuntu4.2 is to be installed
      Depends: libjpeg62 (>= 6b1) but 6b1-1ubuntu2 is to be installed
      Depends: librsvg2-2 (>= 2.14.4) but 2.34.1-2 is to be installed
      Depends: zlib1g (>= 1:1.1.4) but 1:1.2.3.4.dfsg-3ubuntu3 is to be installed
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In the future, consider downloading the DVD image of Ubuntu install disc and burn to a DVD or create a bootable pendrive with it. It's a bigger download, but saves you from downloading certain packages afterwards. It includes GIMP and Inkscape, so you have the most amazing graphics software installed off the bat. –  titaniumtux Apr 12 '12 at 17:16

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As gimp is a package that can be found in the Ubuntu repositories (i.e. you're not trying to install any non-supported application or beta version, etc), i suggest you try to solve the dependency issue instead of bypassing it.

Therefore, i would do the following:

  • Look for and note all the Depends: <package name> statements in your error message (like python-gtk2, libc6, libfontconfig1, etc). These are the packages that have dependency issues.
  • For each of these packages, do a sudo apt-get remove <package name> and then a sudo apt-get install gimp. Do this recursively. Each time you uninstall one package, then try to install gimp.

You should notice that the list of dependency issues should be smaller (that's not always the case, but let's keep it simple for now).
At some point - probably not all packages will have to be uninstalled - the installer should proceed with the installation of gimp as well as with all the necessary dependent packages at their 'correct' versions.

Give it a try and let us know how it went ;)

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Ok so I tried it and got a bunch of pages of information, still not working though :/ should I just give it up? shortText.com/mvOkkD –  Taylor McCasland Apr 13 '12 at 2:30

Open your terminal and use these commands please:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jmou/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp

If that doesn't work

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade -f
sudo apt-get install gimp

may also help.

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To the OP: Do read this Ask Ubuntu question on adding PPAs before blindly typing these into the terminal. –  Tom Brossman Apr 12 '12 at 7:14
    
I tried both that you listed for me and neither one of them worked for me. This is what it told me after trying to install the second one: shortText.com/MKQyHP –  Taylor McCasland Apr 12 '12 at 7:27
    
Can you please repair broken packages? –  Hilmi Erdem KEREN Apr 12 '12 at 22:00

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