I am trying to install GIMP 2.8.8 and this program has a lot of dependencies. I am trying to install all of them but now I am a bit overwhelmed. I am trying to install gegl-0.2.0 it gives me this error.

checking for pkg-config... (cached) /usr/local/bin/pkg-config
checking pkg-config is at least version 0.16... yes
checking for GLIB - version >= 2.28.0... 
*** 'pkg-config --modversion glib-2.0' returned 2.38.2, but GLIB (2.32.4)
*** was found! If pkg-config was correct, then it is best
*** to remove the old version of GLib. You may also be able to fix the error
*** by modifying your LD_LIBRARY_PATH enviroment variable, or by editing
*** /etc/ld.so.conf. Make sure you have run ldconfig if that is
*** required on your system.
*** If pkg-config was wrong, set the environment variable PKG_CONFIG_PATH
*** to point to the correct configuration files
configure: error: 
*** GLIB 2.28.0 or better is required. The latest version of
*** GLIB is always available from ftp://ftp.gtk.org/.


I don't know what to do next. Can someone help me? If there is a simple way to install the latest GIMP version I would like to know that too.

I have tried to install some from the software center but the last version is 2.6.

  • Try installing build dependencies from Ubuntu repository, sudo apt-get build-dep gimp , then try build again. – user.dz Mar 23 '14 at 21:53
  • See the PPA installation proposed by Jacob below : version is 2.8.10 – MrVaykadji Mar 23 '14 at 22:07

You can install Gimp 2.8 via ppa:

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

The plugins:

sudo apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry

see also this link on webupd8

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    That's the best way IMO. Please note that currently (as of 23 march 2014), this PPA will install 2.8.10 – MrVaykadji Mar 23 '14 at 22:04

Would Pinta be enough to satisfy your image editing expectations? It is a simplified alternative to GIMP, and you can do image adjustments, add effects and so on, not very different from what you do when using Gimp. You can purge Gimp first:

sudo apt-get purge gimp

And next you can install Pinta from the Software Center or right from the developers page, after you add their repository to your software sources list and run sudo apt-get update.

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