Gimp 2.8

Who needs Photoshop if you can have Gimp for free. Let’s face it. Not all of us are graphic designers. Photoshop is this all and powerful graphic editing software. But, it’s also comes at a cost. It’s very expensive.

A typical user might need a quick and dirty graphic editor to fix a photo or maybe touch up a graphic. Maybe add some text, watermark, some drop shadows or change orientation of a photo. Gimp might be for you.

Why purchase Photoshop CS6 for $650 if you can get Gimp for nothing. Gratis. Well, at least give it a try. I’ve been using it for years. It’s great. I don’t need Photoshop.

In addition, Gimp 2.8 is available in all flavors of Linux, Windows, and Mac OS. Anyways, give it a try. Download.

It’s Official No More Gimp in Ubuntu

The latest decision by the Ubuntu development team to exclude Gimp in future releases of Ubuntu was a bit of a head scratcher. I wondered why Gimp had to be taken out of future releases of Ubuntu.

Gimp is a powerful program for editing graphics that we all love. It offers everyone an alternative tool to Adobe’s Photoshop. It’s rich in features and capabilities. Although it not quite up to par with Photoshop, it certainly can hold its own.

Ubuntu developers explained the reasoning behind the removal. They said Gimp was too complicated, too intimidating to casual users. Too complicated? And Linux is not? Gimp developers seem to agree about leaving it out.

So, with no Gimp in Ubuntu’s future, users are encouraged to use F-Spot, a mono application I might add. And that may not even stick. Developers are already talking about replacing F-Spot with Shotwell or Gthumb.

The good news is it’s easy to install Gimp. It will probably be the first application I will install after installing Ubuntu. That’s if I’m still using Ubuntu.