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Re: [GUG] Gimp version

  • To: Roy Schestowitz <r@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [GUG] Gimp version
  • From: The Digital Pioneer <digitalpioneer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Nov 2005 08:26:18 -0600
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I use 2.2.9, and I believe that is the latest version.

If you find a file called *.tar.gz, you don't want it. It is a source code
package; and unless you have Linux, you probably can't compile it. I know I

I don't know to what depth you wanted information on tarballs, but I'll go a
little into the science of them that I know personally.

A tarball is a file of files, basically. Somewhat like a zip file, but
bigger. Tarballs are simple concatencation. Then just put a bunch of files
together into 'a big ball of files' or a tarball. Tarballs have the
extension .tar.

.gz files are a little different... .gz is actual compression. It makes the
output file smaller. I don't know why they don't just make a .zip file and
be done with it... Maybe Linux doesn't support that. But, in conclusion,
.tar.gz is a group of files concatencated and compressed. You can bet that
that is a source code whenever you see it. There MAY BE exceptions, but
that's what I've observed.

Now, I know all about the maze thing... I go through it about everytime I
get a newer version of GIMP. I think I've got it now... Anyways, I'm going
to take you straight to the end. The link provided is to a page on
Sourceforge.net <http://Sourceforge.net> containing the download mirrors of
GIMP. I ususally just pick one close to me (in the US... LOL) and go with
it. Anyways, just click one of the mirrors, and a download should start in a
few seconds. GL!


That link is the place to go for 2.2.9. Once again, GL!

On 11/9/05, Roy Schestowitz <r@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> _____/ On Wed 09 Nov 2005 13:23:35 GMT, [Derek Wiid] wrote : \_____
> > Hi,
> >
> > Would some patient person please tell me what the latest verion of
> > Gimp is (not Gimpshop).
> > I have installed ver. 2.2.9 over 2.4 I think, unless it was ver
> > 2.2.4. Also what the !!! is a tarball,
> > tar gz and all the other abbreviations one finds on download sites.
> > Bit of a maze for someone
> > who isn't a programmer or developer. What file do I need to get latest
> Gimp.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Derek
> You can find it all in:
> http://www.gimp.org/downloads/
> Versions may vary slightly across platforms, but the latest stable version
> is said to be 2.2. Although 2.3.x and 2.4.x exist, I imagine that they
> provide an insight into the latest of the GIMP. They are not most recom-
> mended for download and are rarely pre-packaged with a Linux distribution,
> for example (SuSE put an OpenOffice 2 beta though).
> As you might frequently find in Open Source software, there is active de-
> velopment and some people are curious to try the nightly builds. There is
> nothing to prevent users from using software that is not of the latest re-
> lease cycle as it's open.
> By the way, the third among the numbers (there are different terminologies
> assigned to these numbers) is not very significant so 2.2.4 and 2.2.9 are
> probably quite similar. 2.4 is probably one of the latest builds, but you
> risk facing bugs if you install it.
> Hope it helps,
> Roy
> --
> Roy S. Schestowitz
> http://Schestowitz.com
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The Digital Pioneer

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