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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 15 August 2017 
Due to updates to GEGL this is only for versions of Ubuntu 16.04 / Mint 18 and later + derivatives  89 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: 19 July 2017 updated gmic_gimp_gtk/qt to version 2.0.3  use one or the other 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.
djvu-read <<< mainly for those academic documents

gmic_gimp_gtk <<< latest compiled for gimp 2.9
gmic_gimp_qt   <<< equivalent qt version for gimp 2.9 use one or the other
gmic_gimp179 <<< last of the series, can be installed alongside ver 2.0 installed.

nufraw-gimp-29 <<< the plug-in no longer works with Gimp 2.9.5 use the standalone.

This is a development version, there will be bugs.
If Gimp 2.9.5 - any version - crashes a lot, first thing to check is
Edit -> Preferences -> System Resources -> Number-of-Threads-to-use Set this to 1

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.
(12-01-2016, 03:26 PM)rich2005 Wrote: 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.

edit: see first post for updates

Terrifically useful. Thanks. I'm a huge fan of 2.9.x, as I can finally work in ProPhotoRGB. I updated to 16.04 from 14.04, and cannot get 2.9.x to work correctly. Your compiled version works fine. Excellent and appreciated.

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