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I understand that there is a new version of the GIMP available, although it appears that the only way of doing this is by compiling from source :P

Is there another way of getting it, or if I have to compile can I do that through the terminal or better still; a GUI?

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Ubuntu 12.04

You can do this through the Terminal:

  1. Uninstall GIMP

    sudo apt-get autoremove gimp gimp-plugin-registry
  2. Add the following PPA

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
    sudo apt-get update
  3. Reinstall the latest GIMP

    sudo apt-get install gimp
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Why does GIMP need removed before being upgraded? I tried adding the PPA and updating without removing it, and it seemed to work fine. (also, apt-get autoremove does not remove configuration files without specifying --purge) – Shane May 30 '12 at 19:33
Thanks for this. What will happen when Gimp 2.8 becomes part of the next Ubuntu release, 12.10? What steps should be followed to make everything "clean" again? – John J. Camilleri Jul 11 '12 at 11:29
@JohnJ.Camilleri just uninstall GIMP, remove the ppa from your system and install it from ubuntu's official repositories. – Javier Constanzo Oct 28 '12 at 15:37
@JohnJ.Camilleri I think that 3rd party PPAs get disabled on upgrade. – MarkovCh1 Mar 1 '13 at 17:01

Ubuntu versions prior to 12.04

Currently there is no method to install Gimp 2.8 on any version below 12.04.

In terms of is it possible ...

Unlikely for the following reason:

The dependencies of the latest versions of Gimp require a-lot of the latest underlying libraries that you will not find by default in any version below 12.04. Thus, you will need to recompile and rewrite portions of the code to get it to compile. The further away you get from 12.04, the larger the change required.

A maintainer of the Gimp package (ppa:matthaeus123/mrw-gimp-svn) mentions in the description that it needs the latest Gnome-3 PPA as well as some other testing libraries. Both of these will not install on gnome-2 environments (below 11.10). Looking at the dependency lists for 12.04 version of Gimp, these are also not available in 11.10.

Will it ever be available in a PPA for versions below 12.04? Its probably safe to say unlikely unless there is an enterprising developer out there who wishes to port this to this.

Until then, UbuntuForums has an interesting thread on how to compile from source.

Thus - if you definitely want Gimp 2.8 - look to installing 12.04 + one of its many desktop environments.

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Still it is therotically possible :p – Tachyons May 5 '12 at 13:14
I've got Ubuntu Maverick and I do use GIMP 2.7 since more than one year. I guess the problem is only about GIMP 2.8 and the "not-supported-anymore" system. – user61097 May 6 '12 at 19:09
Installing Gimp 2.8 on Ubuntu 10.04 is very do-able since I just did it. The trick is building a newer GTK and a whole bunch of dependencies into /opt/gimp-2.8, using the prefix=/opt/gimp-2.8 option when compiling all dependencies. This will isolate GIMP and all of it's friends in a place where the other applications won't find it. – Nick Jul 23 '12 at 3:23

Fortunatelly the availability of stable GIMP 2.8 also made gimp plugin registry (with the famous save for web plugin) easy to install.

Via :

GIMP 2.8 stable installation

If you're upgrading from an older GIMP version please visit the link and pay attention to the 'dist-upgrade' command (also if you want to revert to GIMP 2.6.x)

If you're just installing GIMP for the first time on your current system install:

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

GIMP Plugin Registry for GIMP 2.8 installation

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry
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To get GIMP 2.8 on Lucid 10.04.4 have a look at this:

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Let us support this project.

I am able to download gimp2.9 and open a file rejected by earlier version of Gimp. And I am still using ubuntu 10.04 Lucid.

This is really a broken case with Linux systems because you need to upgrade your entire system just to be able to run the latest apps. I hope this will be solved soon and I hope we support projects like the above.

I am happy with my ubuntu 10.04 and i've have lots of configs here and development files... may have to way until 2016 to upgrade lol!

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