GIMP in a Pinch: Life after Desktop – Linux Journal

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My Dell XPS 13 DE laptop operating Ubuntu failed me this morning. It’s safe to say I shouldn’t have tried to work efficiently and then get a bath while working while doing it!

However, as it appears to be constantly changing, you’ll need things at times which you do not have as is the situation right now. I have a few photos that I have to modify for a site, and I’m only familiar with and using GIMP. I looked over the inventory of my computer at home I was presented with two choices:

  1. Macbook Air Computer of one of my friends.
  2. HP Chromebook 11: An era in my life that I aimed to organize my life and reduce stress. This was for 2 weeks

My roommate was on his personal computer. This was really just only one choice, the Chromebook. It was also not my the desire to master a new OS this morning, as I’ve been through enough distro-hopping over the past few months. I plugged in and started up the Chromebook, and began trying to determine how I could connect GIMP to the device. It’s interesting to note that there’s not a lot of alternatives to using GIMP using any Android device. There was a possibility to use the Linux development environment on the chromebook. However, it would require 10GB of storage space, which I don’t possess. The second option was to locate an application that was available through Google Play Store. Google Play Store.

When I typed GIMP, it resulted in an app named XGimp Image Edit from DMobileAndroid which I downloaded and loaded it up with an image that only showed the following:

This is definitely not like GIMP as it appeared quite limited in its functionality. I can see how it received the 1.4 score as it isn’t what one would think of in the event of trying to find something that is similar to GIMP.

It was then that I had a look at other alternatives which included an application called GIMP by Userland Technologies. It costs $1.99 and was one-time cost that was also the sole alternative in the Play Store. The screenshots as well as the description of the app suggested that this was the real GIMP application which I had been using on my computer, which is why I installed the application. The installation was fairly quick and when I began running it, with astonishment. this is what I found:

The application really is one of the Linux desktop application that starts the desktop version of GIMP. So, in essence, it’s GIMP. I downloaded an image, which was quite simple because it was seamlessly linked to the folders I have on my laptop.

You can clearly see in the image it’s GIMP with all its splendor. I found it extremely satisfying to be capable of using my inexpensive and portable Chromebook to complete my tasks. The GIMP application has all the capabilities and features that the desktop version offers and I was able to accomplish all the things I had to accomplish for my work without the need to master an entirely new application or operating system. I also installed it using my Samsung Galaxy smartphone, and I found that it was a good alternative for those on the move. I was also thinking whether I should return to this simple stage of my life again, but this decision to another day.


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