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GIMP 2.8 still needs some more time!

By at 2011-01-07 01:17:48 UTC, last updated over 13 years ago. CC BY-NC License

Currently there are some features that need to be completed and some bugs that prevent GIMP 2.8 from being finally released. Martin Nordholts just posted something about that on the official mailing list. There is also a discussion about spending money for fixing bugs (so-called bounties), which could be a good way to speed things up. However in the past the devs didn’t like the idea of bounties, because it is difficult to determine what bugs are eligible of being bountied, and of course it isn’t so easy to get a good workflow for a bounty-system in place.

Also we took a look into the current release schedule file that is updated from time to time, which currently says that there are plenty of things to be fixed, but – and thats whats the good thing on it – it also says that GIMP 2.8 could have a release candidate in late Q1 2011. This is an estimation, however.

GIMP currently has only 3 active core developers ( Sven Neumann, Michael Natterer, Alexia Death and Martin Nordholts). This is also the fact why the development goes pretty slow, since Martin has had less time to work on GIMP than expected and Sven Neumann can’t spend much time for GIMP (I think he got a baby sometime ago ;)). Alexandre Prokoudine has also written some news about that here: Libre Graphics World news on GIMP 2.8

Please consider a donation to the GIMP team. But what GIMP really needs is pure manpower to get more releases and features, so try to help by getting in touch with the GIMP development itself! At least 16% of our users told us that they would be able to hack on the GIMP core! Now it’s time to prove it! ;)

We currently see GIMP 2.8 on the horizon of Q1, but a final release will maybe be in Q2 of this year! We’ll keep you up-to-date.


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over 13 years ago

Hey, Sven.. if you're a good programmer then prove it.. we'll take care of your baby for free if you spend more time on gimp, i swear..


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over 13 years ago

Thanks, Alexandre, for the updates ;) I wish I had more contact with the dev team, but I dont have time to idle in the chat... Oh damn yeah, I forgot to mention Alexia... She also made that awesome new dev version splash screen haha.

over 13 years ago


"GIMP currently has only 3 active core developers (Sven Neumann, Michael Natterer and Martin Nordholts)."

It's not exactly so.

Alexia has been doing a hell of a job in the brush engine department for last two or three years and she did a lot of work on Cage transform tool created by Michael Mure during last GSoC. We'd never see this new tool in the coming 2.8 if she wasn't so stubborn (in a good way) to merge the branch.

At the same time Sven is currently mostly inactive, and Martin is focusing on the web app to help managing the project.

over 13 years ago

s/Proukadine/Prokoudine/g :-)

over 13 years ago

I don't think they stop at 2.7, Rod. All I heard is that the estimated December 27th date was never an exact date. I also never heard it here on so I didn't beleive that they would really bring it out in December.

Nevertheless, I'm a designer, not a programmer, so I will donate to the team instead of help coding. I think the bounties are a good idea, some other open source programs use this working model too, so why no try?

over 13 years ago

It's good to finally hear what's going on with development.I wish i knew more about the core i would def help if i could.There is much rumor about Gimp development coming to a halt at 2.7. But i do not believe that for a second.I am sure the team will iron out all the bugs and have a crisp brand new Gimp 2.8 for us all soon.

Hats off to you guys for all your hard work and commitment to development.Thanks for all you do for all the Gimp user's.

Thanks for giving us this up-date