How To Install Gimp 2.8.6 in Ubuntu 13.04


Nothing makes me giddier than a new release of Gimp, my favorite software of all time.  That’s why I’m surprised that a release travelled under my radar for nearly a week!  That just goes to prove that if there is anyone more excited about a Gimp release than me, it’s the guys over at Noobslab.  They’ve already got the 2.8.6 release packaged up and ready for your general consumption.  Installing it is super easy, and here’s how.  Thanks Noobslab!

First, add the ppa to your systems software sources.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/ppa-gimp

Update your sources.

sudo apt-get update

If you’ve got Gimp installed already, simply do;

sudo apt-get upgrade

If not, install it! Optionally, install the plugin-registry as well.

sudo apt-get install gimp

sudo apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry

On the fence?

Just in case you’re ‘on the fence’ so-to-speak about upgrading, here are the fixes fixed and the features added in this latest release:


 - Fix saving to URIs, it was broken to only allow exporting, and fix
   save/export of compressed files
 - Fix brush spacing for drawing in any direction
 - Increase the maximum size of clipboard brushes and patterns to 1024x1024
 - Make sure data objects are saved when only their name was changed


 - Don't allow single-window docks to shrink smaller than their requisition
 - Make sure a single-window's right docks keep their size across sessions
 - Allow to change the spacing of non-generated brushes again
 - In single-window mode, make Escape move the focus to the canvas,
   and beep if the focus is already there
 - Be smarter about unavailable fonts, and don't crash
 - Make clicking the single-window's close button quit GIMP
 - Make view-close (Ctrl+W) only close image windows and tabs, not docks


About Dean Howell

Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.