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Glimpse, fork of GIMP, is launched

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In the middle of 2019, there was a controversy involving the GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), exactly with its “name” or its acronym, which in some cultures is an offensive word. So much so that there is a statement from the GIMP staff on the subject, saying that for now they will not change the name.

With this disclaimer made, on July 6, 2019, a fork of the GIMP was announced to better adapt to this nomenclature issue, which may be an impediment to the use of the program in some cultures. With this the project was born Glimpse Image Editor or simply Glimpse. In this link they explain better the choice of the name.

As we can see, it is in that first moment, the GIMP without major changes in the interface part or with any other tool or functionality implemented. The only thing that was modified was the opening screen. Also according to the Glimpse, all updates from GIMP upstream, will be present in their app.

Currently, Glimpse 0.1.0 is based on GIMP 2.10.12 instead of version 2.10.14, which is the most recent. To see the release note, you can check it here, and the source code can be consulted here.

Glimpse can be installed either on Windows (from 7) or on Linux.

On Windows, it is distributed in .msi format, this format was chosen by devs because they find it easier to maintain. To download on Windows you access this link.

In Linux, it is distributed via flatpak. If you don’t have the flatpak installed on your system, just follow this tutorial on how to do this and go for the installation. If you want, you can access the Glimpse page on the flathub and download from there or simply type or copy / paste this command into your terminal and follow the instructions on it:

flatpak install flathub org.glimpse_editor.Glimpse

Once Glimpse is installed, just enjoy it.

It is worth remembering that the project is in the beginning and that errors, bugs and the like are quite normal to appear, so it is recommended to report them to the devs, so that they can correct them.

In my opinion, it is worth testing Glimpse out of curiosity per hour, because now it is nothing more than a GIMP with a new and unique skin, but who knows in the future it may have options and features only of its own, so to speak, and stand out.

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