Gimp 2.8 on Ubuntu 12.04

English: Screenshot ilustrating the utility wi...
English: Screenshot illustrating the utility window hints introduced with the new GIMP 2.6 release. Screenshot was taken on Ubuntu Linux 8.10 with GIMP 2.6.1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I decided to also start posting about all the tools I use to code, trade and invest.
This will be mostly techie stuff on software and hardware. This post is about installing Gimp, a very powerful cross-platform photo editing application. I use it for almost all of my imaging editing. At work, I use windows desktops and servers and at home, it is all Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is powerful and yet super user-friendly. I stick with their LTS (Long Term Support) version as this means I only need to spend time upgrading my systems every 3 to 6 years. This comes at the cost of not being bleeding edge with some of the applications in the standard repositories. Luckily there are always the PPA repos. Gimp has seen a new major release 2.8 already some time ago. One of the main added features is the ability to run Gimp in one window mode: yes, one window that captures all panels instead of having 5 or more scattered around the desktop. Great, now how to get it installed? On windows, I just went to www.gimp.org/downloads/ and under Gimp for windows, there is a direct link to an exe file that installs the application. For Ubuntu and Debian it just says: "run apt-get install gimp to install GIMP.". The standard Ubuntu precise 12.04 repos only still have version 2.6 of Gimp. As always google is your friend here. A quick search gave me these precise instructions on How to Upgrade to Gimp 2.8 in Ubuntu
Ubuntu 12.04 is still running Gimp 2.6. For those of you who can’t wait for Ubuntu to include Gimp 2.8 in the repository, you can upgrade to Gimp 2.8 via the following method:
1. Uninstall Gimp from your system:
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. Install Gimp:
sudo apt-get install gimp

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