GIMP Celebrates 20 Years, Releases 2.8.16

by Ostatic Staff - Nov. 24, 2015

The top story today is the twentieth anniversary of GIMP, Open Source image manipulation application. To celebrate the project released version 2.8.16 with several new features and a revamped Website. The Linux down under suffered another data breach and Jamie Watson posted a series of step-by-step guides to configure popular desktops. Several reviews blipped the radar as well in today's Linux news.

Happy Anniversary GIMP! GIMP is one of the oldest and most popular image tools available in the Linux world and I shutter to think what we've would have done without it. The project celebrated their twentieth year Saturday saying:

Back in 1995, University of California students, Peter Mattis and Kimball Spencer, were members of the eXperimental Computing Facility, a Berkeley campus organization of undergraduate students enthusiastic about computers and programming. In June of that year, the two hinted at their intentions to write a free graphical image manipulation program as a means of giving back to the free software community.

On November 21st, 20 years ago today, Peter Mattis announced the availability of the "General Image Manipulation Program" on Usenet (later on, the acronym would be redefined to stand for the "GNU Image Manipulation Program").

In celebration, the project released GIMP 2.8.16. New features include "support for layer groups in OpenRaster files, fixes for layer groups support in PSD, various user inrterface improvements, OSX build system fixes, translation updates, and more changes." 2.9.x/2.10.x is planned to feature "fully functional GEGL port, 16/32bit per channel processing, basic OpenEXR support, vastly improved color management implementation, new tools, on-canvas preview for many filters, and more." After that a GTK+3 port is planned before beginning GIMP 3.0. In addition, the project sports a tidy new Website design.

New cleaner modern look

Sam Varghese today reported that Linux Australia has suffered another data breach, following an similar incident in March. President Joshua Hesketh said that this data leak was limited in scope and not directly related to the breach in March. This breach involved an archived wiki static since 2011. The archive has since been taken offline.

Jamie Watson has posted series of articles describing various configurations and customizations for the different Linux desktops. He began with Xfce and followed that with KDE (Plasma 5). Today he posted his configuration for GNOME 3. Watson hinted that Cinnamon and MATE were next.

In Linux reviews today:

* Sabayon 15.11 KDE: hot, hotter and burnt

* Distro hopping: feeling good with my time on LXLE

* NixOS 15.09 and the Nix package manager

* Vinux Enhances Productivity for Visually Impaired Users

* Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf - Not a silver bullet

* An Everyday Linux User Review Of Linux Lite 2.6

* Neil Rickert's Tumbleweed Install for November