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GIMP 2.6 out and I’m looking for the Ubuntu package

Hot news this afternoon is that GIMP 2.6 is now out. The release notes are the first place to look for a list of what’s new in this image editing software.

From the my perspective, there may not be anything mind blowing, but they have started integrating GEGL and there’s an option to enable it, so it might be possible to edit images in 16bit mode. I’ll have to start dumping my RAW files to gigantic tiff files once that happens. High quality Jpeg is great, but it’s 8bit. Most of the time I don’t notice, but on images with lots of blue sky it’s possible to see ugly banding of the blue that isn’t there in the RAW file.

I’m waiting for the Ubuntu Linux .deb, as are others and hopefully it’ll make it’s way to sooner rather than later. Meanwhile I’ll try my hand at compiling it myself.

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By Donncha

Donncha Ó Caoimh is a software developer at Automattic and WordPress plugin developer. He posts photos at In Photos and can also be found on Twitter.

6 replies on “GIMP 2.6 out and I’m looking for the Ubuntu package”

Testing it out now. With GEGL enabled curves and levels operations get applied in blocks horizontally across the image instead of from top to bottom and it’s a little slower I think.

I exported a 16bit tiff from Bibblepro and opened it in GIMP 2.6 but I got the usual error warning that the image would be converted to 8 bits.

I tried some of the “GEGL Operations” but none of them worked for some reason. May try to track that down later.

Thanks, this worked. Gimp 2.6 is installed. However, my upgrades are now making trouble. Seems like Ubuntu is complaining about the not official software. It tells me it can’t update.

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