On Tue, 2008-12-16 at 19:16 -0800, Akkana Peck wrote:
> > > How do I upgrade to v 2.6.x of Gimp on Ubuntu?
> > 
> > I don't think you are going to be able to do this.
> > 
> > To do so requires a number of updated libraries, glib,gtk, babl and
> > gegl are 4 off the top of my head and I am pretty sure the 8.04
> > repositories wont hold these.
> > 
> > You can do it by building your own libraries from the sources, but I
> > guess you don't want to do that
> I'm building GIMP 2.6 on Ubuntu 8.04 and it's really no big deal.
> You don't need the whole gtk+ chain -- the ones installed on 8.04
> are fine. You do need babl and gegl and there are a couple minor
> gotchas there.
> I have the complete list of packages you'll need here:
> http://shallowsky.com/linux/gimpbuild.html
>       ...Akkana
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I mainly work  under Fedora 9, which recently upgraded to gimp 2.6.3.
But I recently got a Dell laptop with Ubuntu 8.04 installed.  I believe
it is 8.04 LTS.

I'm new to ubuntu, so I wonder if you could enlighten me about its
update policy.

If I understand how ubuntu does things, which is highly uncertain,
regular releases only receive upgrades to packages for 6 months until
the next release, but the LTS releases receive upgrades for packages for
three years.  Is that correct?   If so, can I expect gimp to be upgraded
in the near future?  I've compiled gimp from source before on several
occasions, and the help you provided will make that easier, but I would
rather not bother, since the laptop is a secondary machine for me.
Leonard Evens <l...@math.northwestern.edu>
Mathematics Department, Northwestern University

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