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GIMP 2.10 To Be Fully Ported To GEGL Core

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Published on 18 April 2012 09:26 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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GEGL in GIMP is finally going to be going full-speed. For GIMP 2.10 the open-source imaging program's core will be 100% ported to GEGL, the Generic Graphics Library.

Michael Natterer and Øyvind Kolås have pushed forward in recent weeks and finally making GIMP-on-GEGL finally become a reality. GEGL in GIMP was partially implemented in 2007 leading up to the GIMP 2.6 release, but even with the soon-to-come GIMP 2.8 it's still not fully leveraging GEGL.

GEGL allows for higher bit-depth images than what can currently be done with GIMP along with non-destructive editing and other features. The lead developer of GEGL has been Øyvind Kolås with original work on this library going back more than a decade.

As written about on Michael Natterer's blog, they were hacking on the code for weeks and ended up getting a GeglBuffer, which is backed by a GeglTileBackend, to use a legacy GIMP TileManager as its storage backend, which allowed for the rapid replacement of GIMP core with GEGL code.

In the three weeks, 90% of the GIMP application's core is ported to GEGL with just some remaining bits back. Plug-ins are also able to use the GEGL buffer tile back-end with the GIMP library.

Right now this massive GEGL enablement within GIMP is living in the goat-invasion branch (GEGL's mascot has been a five-legged goat), but will be merged to master once GIMP 2.8 is released. GIMP 2.10 will be fully GEGL-enabled, but let's hope it won't take many years for the GIMP 2.10 release like what's happened with GIMP 2.8.

GEGL 0.2.0 was also released at the beginning of this month. More information on the Generic Graphics Library is available from GEGL.org.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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