For those interested in the next major update to the GIMP graphics editing application (GIMP 2.8), it now has a tentative release date. GIMP's Martin Nordholts has announced on his blog
that GIMP 2.8 is scheduled for release on the 27th of December of this year. Among many improvements, GIMP 2.8 will offer a single-window mode that is sure to excite many users as it's been a long-standing complaint by many for this free software graphics program. One of the fundamental changes for GIMP 2.8 is that it will now be licensed under the GNU GPLv3+ license and more of the code is being ported over to use GEGL. Additional details can be found in Development Work Towards GIMP 2.8 Solidifies
For those interested in playing with GIMP 2.8 immediately there are development snapshots available along with release notes
for the 2.7 development series.