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Portable Gimp 2.9.5 for linux
Want to keep your existing Gimp 2.8.x and run a Linux Portable Gimp 2.9.5?

This works for me in Kubuntu 16.04 64bit.
It should work in other 16.x 64bit 'buntus.  It might work in 14.x 'buntu
It might even work in equivalent version of Mint.
A long shot possibility in other Debian based versions.

Nothing clever, it is assembled using a script and the 'buntu 'gimp-edge' ppa. This updates regularly and I will attempt to keep the following to the current build.

edit: updated 24 May 2017  82 MB

Unzip and run. It will run from your home partition. Same as a regular gimp, first run it creates a gimp profile, in this case ~/.config/GIMP/2.9  It will copy all your resources from ~/.gimp-2.8 so to save a lot of editing, temporarily rename ~/.gimp-2.8 and a new empty Gimp 2.9 profile is created.

First run looks like this.


I am not keen on those dark themes, so this is my preference + a shot of one nice addition to Gimp 2.9 - new layer options.  Plenty other new things to explore.


Plugins edit:21 May 2017 updated gmic_gimp_gtk/qt & nufraw as an option 10 MB

Some plugins that work. Unpack the zip, these go in ~/.config/GIMP/2.9/plug-ins. Plenty of deprecated procedure warnings annoyance, so I advise running as

GIMP295.bin --pdb-compat-mode=on

bimp17x64 <<< this has a dependency libpcre3 - install that package from your linux repository.
gmic_gimp_gtk <<< latest compiled for gimp 2.9
gmic_gimp_qt <<< equivalent qt version for gimp 2.9
gmic_gimp179 <<< last of the series, both can be installed.

Final word - absolutely no guarantees Wink Any feedback will be welcome. It might only work on my computer, in which case I will scrap the thread.

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