Ubuntu – How to go back to GIMP 2.6


On an old PC, I have Lubuntu 12.10. during GIMP installation, the newest version was installed (ver. 2.8), but I think its a little heavy for an old machine like mine with a poor Intel Celeron CPU (Ram 1GB, VGA 128)

How can I go back to GIMP 2.6?

Best Answer

Try doing the forward port approach (works for more packages than just Gimp):

  1. Add the precise main repositories to your system.

    Create a file like /etc/apt/sources.list.d/precise-for-gimp.list containing

    deb http://nl.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted
    deb-src http://nl.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted
    deb http://nl.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted
    deb-src http://nl.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise-updates main restricted
    deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security main restricted
    deb-src http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu precise-security main restricted

    Replace the mirror (here nl.archive.ubuntu.com) with the one you would like to use.

  2. Add a file with the appropriate pinning to allow downgrading of a certain set of packages, in e.g. /etc/apt/preferences.d/10-pin-gimp-to-precise:

    Package: *gimp*
    Pin: release a=precise-security
    Pin-Priority: 1001
    Package: *gimp*
    Pin: release a=precise-updates
    Pin-Priority: 1001
  3. Run sudo apt-get update

  4. Run sudo apt-get -s install gimp (-s to simulate only)

  5. Check whether the output makes sense. If not, and it can't manage to satisfy the dependencies, then consider reverting the actions above. If it does work, then actually run the actions to be performed by re-running the previous command without the -s option.

This approach will provide you best flexibility and security-update support, as it's just using the repositories rather than a specific version. It may be a PITA to set up, though.

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