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What is the recommended way to install GIMP 2.8?

The version present in the default elementary Luna repositories is 2.6.

  • I'm not sure this is entirely Luna specific. While it is now, as updates are released Freya will fall behind in much the same way. – Lewis Goddard Jun 30 '15 at 19:51
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    @LewisGoddard that's a good point, but that's why both questions and answers can be edited. I'd say let's make them relevant to the current audience, and update later when relevant. – waldyrious Jun 30 '15 at 19:53
  • It currently does apply to Freya users as well, just less so, as there's only 4 patches in it rather than a major release. – Lewis Goddard Jul 1 '15 at 8:33
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Option 1: Upgrade to Freya

The recommended way would be to upgrade to Freya, sooner rather than later. That will get you a whole host of updates on various things, including updating GIMP to 2.8.10.

Option 2: Add the Repository

With a little command-line magic, you can indeed upgrade GIMP, and only GIMP, in a way that will keep you up to date in the future. Otto Kesselgulasch's repository will likely upgrade you to the latest release, currently 2.8.14.

The code below adds and auto-confirms the PPA repository, and quietens down the updating a little. That means it may take a while to show progress, and may look like it's stopped, but rest assured it's still working away.

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp && 
sudo apt-get update -qq && 
sudo apt-get install gimp

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