Due to a library conflict, Ubuntu users are bound to version 2.2 up to now. 8.4 will change that, but that is still some time ahead.
I used GetDeb in the past but have now installed a new repository for Gimp and other problematic software. It’s run by Oliver Schmidtke – and out of his web address I assume that he is living here in Bremen.
If you install an additional repository you may run into some problems. So be warned!
This is the way to install the repository:
Open a terminal and type this:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Go to the end of the file and append these lines:
deb http://apt.schmidtke-hb.de gutsy main
deb-src http://apt.schmidtke-hb.de gutsy main
Save the file and type these lines into the terminal window:
sudo apt-key add aptrepository.asc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
And now you have a brand new Gimp and some other updated packages. Up to now it worked fine for me…..