GIMP 2.8 is good, but personally I have some issue with it and I still prefer GIMP 2.6 instead. Sadly, I’m not yet understand how to do some Linux programming to fork GIMP 2.6 into another app with different name. Fortunately, there is still a way to install old GIMP 2.6.12 onto new Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus.
Here are the tips to safely install GIMP 2.6.12 on Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus and I’ve successfully tested it onto my Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Xenial Xerus.
INSTALL THE DEPENDENCY
First, install the dependency for GIMP 2.6.12 called libwebkitgtk-1.0-0 :
sudo apt-get install libwebkitgtk-1.0-0
USE PRECISE REPOSITORY
- Change your sources.list repository from xenial into precise :
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
- Replace all ‘xenial’ word to ‘precise’
- Update your apt :sudo apt-get update
- Last, install the package :sudo apt-get install gimp
After you’ve successfully install GIMP 2.6.12, revert your sources.list back from precise to xenial, and NEVER DO AUTO UPDATE. Otherwise, your precious GIMP 2.6.12 will be automatically updated to the 2.8 version.
- If you have had GIMP 2.8 installed on your system, you must remove the packages along with its dependencies :
sudo apt-get remove libbabl-0.1-0 libgimp2.0_2.8.16-1ubuntu1_i386 gimp-data
- After that, you can repeat the step 1. Good luck.