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    Question GIMP 2.8 in Ubuntu 12.04: yes or no?

    In 12.04 Gimp has version 2.6. I however want to install 2.8. As I understand this necessitates the installation via a PPA.
    However, on many forum threads, I read warnings not to install programs lightly using ppa's.

    So, what should I do? Install Gimp


    (I'm not sure whether this post belongs on this forum, but as there's no "software" forum, I think this is the best place.)
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    Re: GIMP 2.8 in Ubuntu 12.04: yes or no?

    I'm not sure if 2.8 holds any improvements that you want, but I think you can trust their ppa.

    The only reason why caution is advised with external ppa's, is because any Joe Blow can make and post a ppa that can contain harmful software.

    The designers of Gimp are not some random hoods, and 2.8 will eventually be in the software center.

    Adding the ppa just gives you a head start, because Canonical still has yet to evaluate and add the newer version to the software center.

    This is usually the case will most major software developers. (Libre Office for example.)

    Thats my opinion anyway.

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    Re: GIMP 2.8 in Ubuntu 12.04: yes or no?

    I have GIMP 2.8.2 installed from this PPA with no issues. I say go for it.
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    Re: GIMP 2.8 in Ubuntu 12.04: yes or no?

    As mentioned and as is my own opinion, PPA's should only be used when absolutely necessary, and with caution.

    If you want the latest version in a hurry another option is to get the source tarball directly from GIMP's website and compile and install it yourself. Complilation takes a little while for it to finish but it's not really that difficult, especially if you've done it before. You just say "go" and wait until it's done.

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    Re: GIMP 2.8 in Ubuntu 12.04: yes or no?

    Quote Originally Posted by heminder View Post
    As mentioned and as is my own opinion, PPA's should only be used when absolutely necessary, and with caution.

    If you want the latest version in a hurry another option is to get the source tarball directly from GIMP's website and compile and install it yourself. Complilation takes a little while for it to finish but it's not really that difficult, especially if you've done it before. You just say "go" and wait until it's done.
    Compiling GIMP 2.8 is a royal pain in the butt (take it from someone who tried before a PPA was available).
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    Re: GIMP 2.8 in Ubuntu 12.04: yes or no?

    Quote Originally Posted by dniMretsaM View Post
    Compiling GIMP 2.8 is a royal pain in the butt (take it from someone who tried before a PPA was available).
    Really? I compiled GIMP 2.8 on Lucid, which needed me to fetch all the new depenencies too. Getting the dependencies was a little annoying but it wasn't that bad.

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    Re: GIMP 2.8 in Ubuntu 12.04: yes or no?

    Quote Originally Posted by heminder View Post
    Really? I compiled GIMP 2.8 on Lucid, which needed me to fetch all the new depenencies too. Getting the dependencies was a little annoying but it wasn't that bad.
    I had a lot of dependency issues on 11.10/12.04. Never did figure it out, so it may have been something really simple. Either way, I'd still recommend the PPA, but that's just my personal preference.
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    Re: GIMP 2.8 in Ubuntu 12.04: yes or no?

    Quote Originally Posted by heminder View Post
    Really? I compiled GIMP 2.8 on Lucid, which needed me to fetch all the new depenencies too. Getting the dependencies was a little annoying but it wasn't that bad.
    I'm on Lucid and compiled the early 2.7 but after that the dependencies started getting hard to manage (beyond Gegl/Babl). IIRC you need at least a recent Glib, but it's not clear if I can run that Glib specifically for Gimp (nor where can I get it). Would you have any recommendations?

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