GIMP dropped from default Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx installation

Image editing tool GIMP is to be dropped from the default installation of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

Image editing tool GIMP is to be dropped from the default installation of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx.

There are a number of reasons cited for this change:

  • the general user doesn't use it
  • its user-interface is too complex
  • it's an application for professionals
  • desktop users just want to edit photos and they can do that in F-Spot
  • it's a photoshop replacement and photoshop isn't included by default in Windows...
  • it takes up room on the disc

I'm guessing that Ubuntu's ISO footprint was a big reason for the drop, because the more you add to the OS, the more megabytes are eaten up, and when you need that ISO to fit onto a CD, something might have to give.

I don't see this being much of a problem though, as it's a pretty straightforward task to download and install applications. And for those folks that don't need GIMP, there's always F-Spot there to pick up the slack.

Do people use GIMP, or is it too complex?