I haven’t forgotten my Linux roots, and always do my best to keep up to date with the progressions there. Admittedly, I’m more passive about it now, but always get excited when I see a new version of Ubuntu come out.

Naturally a huge concern of mine when I used Ubuntu as a primary operating system was image editing. Adobe has the industry standard, but I always root for the underdog.

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is by far one of the most impressive contributions to open source I’ve ever seen. I know many people have taken issue with UI decisions over the years, but you have to admit it’s a stunningly impressive piece of software that’s been ongoing and active for almost as long as I can remember.

The latest thing to really impress me about GIMP is AdaptableGIMP, which is

… a modified version of the GNU Image Manipulation Program that makes it easy to create and share task-based interface customizations.

There’s some really neat innovation happening here, which even as a partially experienced GIMP user I’d find helpful. The fact that it’s community powered in a sense is even more exciting. Check it out:

So, in essence here, the UI updates itself to accommodate your specific task at hand, and tries to be as helpful as possible (without interfering) along the way. I’ll be keeping my eye on this.