Life with Linux: No Easy Path (Day 5)

Posted by Matt Birchler
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I voiced my issues with a lot of the software on Linux a few pieces ago. I wasn’t too charitable to many apps, including the image editor, Gimp. I struggled with the interface and was generally unimpressed with the features compared to Mac apps like Photoshop and Pixelmator.

Since then I’ve been tipped off to an app called Gimpshop, which is an app that is built on Gimp, but has adjusted the user interface to be more similar to Photoshop so it’s easier to get used to for PS veterans like myself.

I’d love to tell you if it’s any better than standard Gimp, but I have yet to get it installed on my Linux setup. Why? Well, here’s a link to the installation instructions. There are 42 terminal commands you need to enter to make sure you have all the pre-requisites and app installed.

So that you can fully appreciate the madness of this, I’ve taken a screenshot of the page so you can really get a feel for it. For comparison’s sake, if I told someone they really should check out Pixelmator for the Mac, I would direct them to or just give them a link directly to the Mac App Store to download it right away.