Ubuntu 10.04: GIMP will be "Professional Software"
In the next version of the well known Linux distribution Ubuntu (10.04 – Lucid Lynx) the Ubuntu developers decided to adjust the default applications. GIMP will be classified as software for specialists which means that GIMP will not be installed by default any longer.
Of course many users dislike the change but it makes sense: GIMP does not fall into the category of software a standard user needs to make simple photo manipulation. It is more a professional high-end software like Cinelerra, Inkscape or Blender. None of these appplications are installed by default.
GIMP can of course be easily installed by using Ubuntus easy-to-use new Software Center or simply by typing “aptitude install gimp” in a terminal window.
The GIMP devs mostly agree with the decision as you can read in the thread GIMP to be removed from Ubuntu Lucid Lynx?
The Ubuntu people have a summary on this topic here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RemoveGimp