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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by markjones05, Feb 9, 2004.
Can anyone please explain to me how to intall gimp? PLEASE.
The simplest way is to download the package from Versiontracker.
Another way is to install fink, which comes with gimp as well as a lot of other stuff you might find useful.
Uh yea ok i already have it downloaded.... now how do i install it?
There are a couple places where you can order easy-install CDs (for a price). MacGimp.org is the most well-known (or notorious, depending on your perspective). I managed to install it myself, but I doubt I could lead you through the process.
Thats the GIMP development version, you aren't gonna find an install-CD for that (not until it is stable.)
The stable version has an installer, so all you would have to do is run the installer, boot X11 and run gimp.
I really dont want to pay for the install cd and wait for them to send it. Is it that complicated that nobody knows how to install it? And if so, isn't that kind of rediculous?
Well, some of us know how to compile packages from source, but trying to walk someone who's unfamiliar with the process through it for the first time from a distance is a pain in the neck. It wouldn't be my choice of packages to learn on, because it has a lot of dependencies.
I'd suggest just installing fink (see my previous post) - then it's much simpler. If gimp isn't part of the default install, you just have to use "fink install gimp" and it'll take care of it.
If you have the developer tools installed, for me the simplest way was to install fink:
and Fink Commander (same package), which is a gui front end.
Then you can find gimp somewhere in the list of packages and install it. Be prepared to take a few hours, because I don't think they have binaries for it yet.
Fink will also take care of any of the pre-requisite software (gtk) that you need.
Apparently, it is that complicated. If it was easier, everyone would be running linux. I've gone hot and cold on the whole open source thing, from being a die-hard advocate to buying proprietary software right and left. To me the biggest problem with the Open Source movement is that people start Open Source projects by asking "I wonder if I can write a program that does X?" instead of "what software do people need? How can I make it easier for people to do X?" Unfortunately all this sounds a lot like work, and not as many people are willing to do it for free.
That said, the copyright laws in this country are absolutely ridiculous. Why should it be illegal for me to back up my own software? Why should authors hold copyright for 70 years AFTER they die? Ugh. Think about too long and you're liable to want to go read a nice book.