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Low End Mac: Bring Out the GIMP

May 17, 2002, 08:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Walsh)


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"GIMP is a bitmap graphics editing application. This in effect means that unlike, for example, K Illustrator, which produces graphics according to mathematical principles, GIMP and programs like it give you a blank canvas on which you can slap around virtual paint. This kind of application is ideally suited to photograph manipulation and the creation of website graphics.

"GIMP on Mac OS X is a kludge, because it is effectively a quick and dirty port of the PPC/Linux version and requires that Mac users install not only the application but also the X Window system, a window manager, and the GTK+ toolkit, none of which are otherwise required for OS X. With PPC/Linux these are all part of your distribution, as is the GIMP itself.

"GIMP, a Linux stalwart, is perhaps more important to PPC/Linux users than to their x86 cousins. The Macintosh is a de facto standard in graphic design, and given Apple's OS X strategy alienating owners of older Power Macs, a combination of a modern Unix-based OS and a professional level graphics application may well be irresistible to some Mac users..."

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