Friday, October 26, 2007

My Distribution is the most updated.

October is generally the month when major distributions like OpenSUSE, Ubuntu, Mandriva etc make a release. I wanted to check which of the major distributions keep themselves updated and the release of Gimp 2.4.0 on 24th October 2007 ( two days ago) gave me this opportunity. In this article I will list the version of Gimp present in various common distributions, the source of different versions is Distrowatch.

Here is the table I made by getting data from Distrowatch.













































Distribution Latest in Official Repositories Released version with the Latest ISO
OpenSUSE Factory(2.2.17) 10.3 (2.2.17)
Mighty Ubuntu Snapshot (2.4.0rc3) 7.10 (2.4.0rc3)
Fedora Rawhide (2.4.0) 8 Test 3 (2.4.0rc3)
Mandriva Cooker ( 2.4.0) 2008 (2.4.0rc2)
FreeBSD 7Current (2.2.17) 6Stable (2.2.17) 6.2 RELEASE (2.2.13)
Gentoo Unstable(2.4.0rc3) Stable (2.3.19) 2007.0(2.2.14)
Arch Current (2.4.0) 2007.08(2.2.17)
PCLinuxOS apt (2.4.0) 2007 (2.3.16)


As we can see that of these FreeBSD has the least updated version of Gimp and Arch, PCLinuxOS, Fedora and Mandriva have the latest versions of Gimp 2.4.0. Others have an in between versions.
However, the latest version of Gimp in Fedora and Mandriva is present in their testing repositories and not release in their stable repositories.
Hence we have only two distributions which have the honor of having the latest GIMP in their stable repositories ARCH and PCLinuxOS. Hats off to both of them for keeping the distributions fully updated and enabling people like me to work on the latest version of software ( Gimp in this case).

One more reason why I Love PCLinuxOS.

DISCLAIMER :: I have tried to stick to some common distributions (which I have used in the past) and this comparison is solely based on Gimp version in the repositories of various distributions at 9:56 AM IST on 26th October 2007 as reported by distrowatch.

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

GIMP 2.4.0 is already available in the Packman repository for openSUSE.

Anonymous said...

Gimp 2.4 has been already submitted for openSUSE Factory http://lists.opensuse.org/opensuse-commit/2007-10/msg00921.html) and openSUSE 10.3 does include version .4rc3 as gimp-unstable package.

Abhay said...

Maybe its not in official repositories, lets not count third part repos like pacman.
Sorry if I am wrong, but my data is based on Distrowatch.

apokryphos said...

The blog misses (because of the way distrowatch handles the table -- it takes only the default version) the fact that openSUSE provided both the stable, and unstable versions (named gimp and gimp-unstable respectively) while 2.4 was in development. In fact, openSUSE contains the same version as Mandriva.

For the final version however, 1-click-install is provided: http://jamesthevicar.com/index.cgi/2007/10/24#1193247647gimp_2_4

Abhay said...

Hi apokryphos,
Thanks for the info.
This indeed was useful. I will add this to my Tips & Tricks section.
The SUSE 1-Click install seems to be evolving as an umbrella installer for many softwares. Its really great.

Anonymous said...

First: FreeBSD is not linux distribution.

Second:

$ uname -rsp
FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE-p8 i386

$ pkg_info | grep gimp | awk {'print $1'}
gimp-2.4.0,1
gimp-app-2.4.0,1
gimp-gutenprint-5.1.3_2

Regards,,,

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Really appreciate your comments.
I acknowledge that FreeBSD is not a Linux Distribution, however, for your second point,
Please read my article, it says clearly that these are the versions mentioned by Distrowatch, I have personally not checked these.
One question :: Have you installed GIMP using ports ?
Stable / Unstable ?

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