The long-awaited and much anticipated 2.8 release of GIMP is right around the corner! Wait, I know, you’ve heard this before. You were expecting it at the end of 2010, and then in 2011, and so on… Well, fear not because it’s really coming in less than 45 days! Want proof? Nothing could be more clear than this infographic.
In case you don’t feel like following the link, here is a screencap of what’s remaining.
From the graphic, you can see that the remaining tasks are all related to pushing out a proper release. It seems that GIMP 2.8 is 99.9% finished, and though it doesn’t look like it will make it out in time for inclusion in popular upcoming distro releases like Ubuntu 12.04 and Fedora 17, keep your eyes open for it in a PPA near near you come this May.
Official schedule for GIMP 2.8. When the tasks that are listed here are completed, GIMP 2.8 is ready for a release. For each task, an estimate of the time it takes to complete it is given, in 8-hour work days (the ‘Size’ of the task). Bug numbers refer to bug reports over at our bug tracker.
The most comforting thing about this graphic is how closely “work left” follows the decline towards the release date. Gimp 2.8 will include the monumentally epic “single window mode”, which will be a boon for any of you out there using Gnome 3 or Unity. There is also an option to switch off single window mode if you so prefer.
Get your party hats on people, this one is gonna be big.