Frequently asked questions about the GIMP...

Why such a stupid name for a piece of software?

GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. GNU is the largest participant in free software in the world.

Do I need Linux to use the GIMP?

No, it works on Windows and Macintosh as well as Linux.

Where can I obtain a copy of OpenOffice?

It is available for free download on the innerweb at

How long does it take to install?

It takes most users about 10 minutes.

Where do I go to get help or training?

Help with the GIMP can got from


Screen shot of The GIMP, a replacement for Adobe Photoshop.

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