November 1995 - the first announcement of the beta launch of the "general image manipulation program", "The GIMP" (later renamed only "GIMP").

From: Peter Mattis
Subject: ANNOUNCE: The GIMP
Date: 1995-11-21
Message-ID: <48s543$r7b@agate.berkeley.edu>
Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.development.apps,comp.os.linux.misc,comp.windows.x.apps

The GIMP: the General Image Manipulation Program
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The GIMP is designed to provide an intuitive graphical interface to a variety of image editing operations. Here is a list of the GIMP's major features:

 Image viewing
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   *  Supports 8, 15, 16 and 24 bit color.
   *  Ordered and Floyd-Steinberg dithering for 8 bit displays.
   *  View images as rgb color, grayscale or indexed color.
   *  Simultaneously edit multiple images.
   *  Zoom and pan in real-time.
   *  GIF, JPEG, PNG, TIFF and XPM support.

 Image editing
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   *  Selection tools including rectangle, ellipse, free, fuzzy, bezier and intelligent.
   *  Transformation tools including rotate, scale, shear and flip.
   *  Painting tools including bucket, brush, airbrush, clone, convolve, blend and text.
   *  Effects filters (such as blur, edge detect).
   *  Channel & color operations (such as add, composite, decompose).
   *  Plug-ins which allow for the easy addition of new file formats and new effect filters.
   *  Multiple undo/redo.

Requirements
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 *  The operating system must support shared memory.
 *  X11 R5 or R6\. (Actually, it may work on R4, but we have not had a chance to test it).
 *  The X-server must support the X shared memory extension. (The X-server does not actually need to support shared memory so this is only a temporary situation until we integrate the configure information with the source code).
 *  Motif 1.2 or above.

The GIMP has been tested (and developed) on the following operating systems: Linux 1.2.13, Solaris 2.4, HPUX 9.05, SGI IRIX. Currently, the biggest restriction to running the GIMP is the Motif requirement. We will release a statically linked binary for several systems soon (including Linux).

URLs
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http://www.csua.berkeley.edu/~gimp
ftp://ftp.csua.berkeley.edu/pub/gimp
mailto:gimp@soda.csua.berkeley.edu

Brought to you by
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  Spencer Kimball (spencer@soda.csua.berkeley.edu)
  Peter Mattis (petm@soda.csua.berkeley.edu)

NOTE
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This software is currently a beta release. This means that we haven't implemented all of the features we think are required for a full, unqualified release. There are undoubtedly bugs we haven't found yet just waiting to surface given the right conditions. If you run across one of these, please send mail to gimp@soda.csua.berkeley.edu with precise details on how it can be reliably reproduced.

Much has changed since then. Here are some landmarks:

- They came with GTK - a set of interface tools used by GNOME and Xfce. GTK is now a standalone project used by thousands of developers.

- They brought a new image processing engine called GEGL, now used by several other software projects.

- They have a few debatable pseudonyms, such as "Photoshop for Linux", "Free Photoshop" and "that ugly software".

Happy birthday Gimp!

Source: gimp.org

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