Downloading and Installing GIMP

For Linux users, GIMP 2.7 is only downloadable as source code. Thus, Linux users have to compile the application themselves. RPMs and other installation packages are not available. Developer's versions are sporadically available for Windows (*-setup.exe). Linux and Windows users can find the source code or setup binaries on the website of SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/gimp-win/

When installing GIMP 2.7, you should bear in mind that if you have an older GIMP version installed and want to continue using it, you have to change the file path when installing the developer version. For Windows, instead of the default path C:\Program Files\GIMP-2.0, apply the path C:\Program Files\ GIMP-2.7 when installing the developer version.

At any rate, it isn't easy to get the developer version to run. The developers point out that whether it runs at all is questionable. Possibly only one version will run. Any changes on the operating system could have an impact on the functionality of your entire computer. If you want to use the developer version, you should definitely make backups of your hard disk, including the operating system and your installed programs. This author, as well as the developers themselves, deny all responsibility in the case of damages inflicted on your computer or on the installed programs through the installation of the developer version, even if you have followed the directions given here.

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