>       This is like deja-vu.   I recently completed a thread with the
> exact same scenario, only using SuSe linux 9.0.    My wife downloaded
> Gimp 2.01 on her Dell XP laptop, and it works...bingo!  No problems, no
> configurations, no dependencies, no bulls---, it just works.   I'm still
> screwing around trying to get it to work, but your point is 100% correct.
> If this extremely common situation is not resolved for the ordinary
> user, it will be yet one more example showing that Linux never got
> beyond the Geek stage.

Maybe you want to try another distro. On my Debian box, I typed

apt-get install gimp

and it got installed. No problem there.
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