Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm not a novice, I could find a ppa or just compile it but I like to keep my systems tidy. So with that being said, when will Gimp 2.8 come to the software repository?

Also, rather than just getting the answer is there a place on the Ubuntu interwebs some where that I can check the status for other packages as well?

Or is this all done internally at Canonical?

share|improve this question

In October 2012, as part of the 12.10 release.

(GIMP 2.8 was released on 3rd May 2012. The 12.10 release is the first after this date. And 12.10 definitely contains version 2.8.)

share|improve this answer

From your question, I'm not sure 100% what you are want. You suggest you don't want a ppa, but ask when it'll be in "the software repository"? Well, it's in the launchpad repositories. We're having a discussion here, but essentially, you can install 2.8.0 via ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp (see the web link here). Note that it has the following warning: "CAUTION! This PPA could break your installed OS. There are dependency issues especially for Oneiric (11.10). Only use it if you know what you do! I'm working with others on a stable and reliable solution."

share|improve this answer
He explicitly said that he doesn't want PPAs, and "CAUTION! This PPA could break your installed OS..." explains why. He's asking if there will be an update in ubuntu repositories, not 3rd party PPAs. – enedene May 31 '12 at 16:42
I did suspect this, but he/she did ask about "the software repository". Well, ppa's are repositories. I guess he/she means the official Ubuntu release repositories, but was a little unclear. Also, the ppa that I linked says it should be fine if you are running Ubuntu 12.04 Precise. Also, unlike bodhi.zazen's linked ppa, it only includes the additional packages are necessary for gimp 2.8 (i.e. gegl and babl). – Sparhawk Jun 1 '12 at 0:00

Exceedingly well managed projects have target dates for versions on their project roadmap. It appears as of this time that GIMP does not.

Something you can see easily is if the version you want has been packaged in the alpha/beta of the next release. If it is, you may have some luck in features showing up in backports(although not full version updates...versions freeze for stability reasons). This is not a definitive answer, but it is what I surmise from my somewhat limited experience in working with proper package management(as opposed to just building what I need).

Related question:

share|improve this answer

Gimp 2.8 will likely be available in the backports repository

You can follow progress on this bug report:

In the interim you can install it from this ppa

For information on what backports are see:

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.