1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

GIMP Looks Towards GEGL, High Bit Depths, GTK3

Free Software

Published on 11 September 2012 09:02 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
18 Comments

Back in May was the long-awaited release of GIMP 2.8, and while this release was great and packed in many new features, there's still more to look forward to in the future of this open-source imaging program.

There isn't yet any planned release date for the next version, GIMP 2.10, but features to be expected include finish porting the core to GEGL, support for high bit depths, support for layer masks on layer groups, cleaning up the GIMP library (libgimp), merging of GSoC 2011 projects, and work on a unified transform tool. That's what is officially hoped for at least with GIMP 2.10.

New activity continues to hit the GIMP Git master repository with the most recent work being just hours ago. With the 2.10 development, they are trying to do more work though in feature branches until the work is actually ready and then merging the feature branches to Git master, which will ideally leave the master code-base in a more sane and stable state and hopefully leading not to a long and drawn out release process if features linger around in an unstable state.

Some work to have recently been committed to GIMP master includes updated translations for various languages, bug-fixes, and massive work on the unified transform tool.

The goal for GIMP 3.0 at some point in the future is to port the program from using the GTK2 tool-kit to using GTK3. Like the Xfce developers, GIMP developers haven't been quick to port their massive code-base over to the major GTK3 release. (There does exist a GIMP GTK3 branch, but not that's been merged to mainline.)

Other features hoped for in future GIMP releases include improvements in text handling, automatic layer boundary management, filter layers, non-destructive editing, auto-anchoring of floating selection, script recording and playback, and smart objects support. This future work is talked about on their road-map Wiki page.

About The Author
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 .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Rosewill RS-MI-01: An Ultra Low-Cost Mini-ITX Chassis
  2. D-Link DCS-2330L HD Wireless Network Camera
  3. Gigabyte AM1M-S2H
  4. AMD's New Athlon/Semprons Give Old Phenom CPUs A Big Run For The Money
Latest Linux Articles
  1. AMD Catalyst 14.4 Brings Few Linux Performance Improvements
  2. The Performance Of Fedora 20 Updated
  3. Clang Fights GCC On AMD's Athlon AM1 APU With Jaguar Cores
  4. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Oracle Linux vs. CentOS vs. openSUSE
Latest Linux News
  1. Valve Is Bringing VOGL To Windows & Working On Regression Tests
  2. Canonical Is Taking Over Linux 3.13 Kernel Maintenance
  3. Google Web Designer Is Now Natively Available On Linux
  4. Ubuntu 14.10 Is Codenamed The Utopic Unicorn
  5. Audacious 3.5 Lightweight Audio Player Released
  6. Steam Updated For Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, SteamOS
  7. DNF 0.5 Yum Replacement Now Supports Groups
  8. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0 Is Looking Fantastic
  9. Intel Is Launching An Interesting Bay Trail NUC Next Week
  10. Another X.Org EVoC Proposed For OpenGL 4+ Tests
  11. The Best Features Coming With Qt 5.3
  12. Red Hat's RHEL7 RC ISO Is Now Publicly Available
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. The Most Amazing OpenGL Tech Demo In 64kb
  2. Announcing radeontop, a tool for viewing the GPU usage
  3. HTPC-upgrade advice: AMD Richland A8-7600 or Kaveri A10-6700T ???
  4. New card. Open source drivers only.
  5. The GNOME Foundation Is Running Short On Money
  6. Linux Kernel Developers Fed Up With Ridiculous Bugs In Systemd
  7. Script for Fan Speed Control
  8. Torvalds Is Unconvinced By LTO'ing A Linux Kernel