What Is GIMP?
GIMP is a free and open-source program for tasks such as image and photo retouching, editing, free-form drawing, converting image formats, and many more specialized tasks. It is released under the GNU General Public License, allowing you to change its source code and distribute changes.
Much like VLC Media Player, GIMP is extremely modular, allowing users to enhance productivity thanks to customization options and 3rd party plugins.
GIMP has mass OS support available including GNU/Linux, macOS, Microsoft Windows, and many more operating systems.
The History of GIMP
GIMP first began as the General Image Manipulation Program. Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis began developing GIMP in 1995 as a semester project at the University of California, Berkeley.
In 1996, Kimball and Mattis released GIMP version 0.54 to the public, supporting UNIX systems only. The following year, Richard Stallman of the GNU Project visited UC Berkeley to ask Kimball and Mattis if they could change the General in GIMP to GNU. Thus the acronym GIMP became the GNU Image Manipulation Program.
Shortly after the first release, GIMP’s supported operating systems expanded to many others. This included Microsoft Windows and macOS.
GIMP was quickly adopted by the open-source community and a group of contributors formed. The community continues to develop tutorials, artwork, better work-flow and techniques to this day.
Benefits of GIMP Vs Adobe Photoshop
- GIMP is released under the GNU General Public License, making the open-source program completely free. The alternative, Adobe Photoshop CC, costs upwards of $20/month for a single license.
- It takes up about 20 times less space than Adobe Photoshop, making the install time much quicker. GIMP also makes it a more size-effective option for laptops and netbooks where hard drive space may not be readily available.
- While Adobe Photoshop is very resource intensive and requires more modern specs to run, GIMP is fast and optimized for almost every operating system. Enjoy smooth and stable performance on macOS, Windows, and Unix operating systems.
- Because it is open-source, developing and modifying the source code is free for everyone. Developing plugins and new features are a breeze because you don’t need to be approved by Adobe’s development team.
- GIMP is portable and can be taken everywhere. A distribution of GIMP is small enough to be loaded onto a USB drive, allowing users to edit photos on the go.
Giving Back To The Open Source Development Community
Since June 2014, FlashRouters has implemented the open source donation program to support developers and keep their projects going. In our Open Source Focus series our goal is to raise awareness of open source and an open Internet.
We believe these projects are integral to the future of the Internet. With the help of our customers, FlashRouters has donated over $20000 on open source and Internet privacy initiatives.
Open-Source Firmware Benefits of A FlashRouter
At FlashRouters, we focus on integration and support of the best open-source router technology: DD-WRT and Tomato firmware. These types of open source software include many benefits over closed-source, proprietary software.
A FlashRouter has benefits that include but are not limited to:
- The ability to examine the source code for backdoors, vulnerabilities, and security issues.
- Updates and security flaws are patched up quickly and efficiently due to many developers working on the firmware.
- Upgrades and unlocks your wireless router’s capabilities such as enabling virtual private networks to be used on your home network.
Have any questions on how open-source programs can benefit you? Feel free to contact the FlashRouters team!