GIMP 2.9.8 Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing (How to Install)

Last updated: December 13, 2017

GIMP 2.9.8, a new unstable release, an intermediate state on the way to the next GIMP 2.10, was released.

GIMP 2.9.8 introduces on-canvas gradient editing and various enhancements while focusing on bugfixing and stability.

  • Blend tool now features on-canvas gradient editing: adding, shifting, removing color stops, shifting midpoints and converting them to color stops, assignging colors to color stops, changing blending type for midpoints.
    Faster color library
  • ‘Clip Warning’ in Display Filters
  • The default brush is now “Hardness 050”.
  • OpenCL disabled by default
  • Statusbar will blink on warnings, errors
  • Screenshot for KDE/Wayland has been implemented
  • Color Picker now works on KDE/Wayland.
  • For more details, see the News page.

How to Install GIMP 2.9.x in Ubuntu:

There’s a PPA repository contains the latest development GIMP packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, and Ubuntu 17.10.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for it from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp-edge

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it asks and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade GIMP from an existing release via Software Updater utility:

or simply run commands to check updates and install GIMP:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install gimp

How to Restore:

You can easily restore GIMP image editor to the stock version (distribution build) in your Ubuntu by purging the PPA via command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp-edge

And if you want to re-install the latest stable GIMP (2.8.22 so far), see this tutorial after purging the previous PPA.


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