GIMP 2.8.6 released and Installation instructions included

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What is new in version 2.8.6


-- Fix saving to URIs, it was broken to only allow exporting, and fix
save/export of compressed files
-- Fix brush spacing for drawing in any direction
-- Increase the maximum size of clipboard brushes and patterns to 1024×1024
-- Make sure data objects are saved when only their name was changed


-- Don't allow single-window docks to shrink smaller than their requisition
-- Make sure a single-window's right docks keep their size across sessions
-- Allow to change the spacing of non-generated brushes again
-- In single-window mode, make Escape move the focus to the canvas,
and beep if the focus is already there
-- Be smarter about unavailable fonts, and don't crash
-- Make clicking the single-window's close button quit GIMP
-- Make view-close (Ctrl+W) only close image windows and tabs, not docks


-- Add SIGNED_ROUND() which also rounds negative values correctly


-- Make GIMP_PLUGIN_DEBUG work again after GLib changed logging
-- Fix zealous crop for transparent borders


-- Add Hungarian translation


-- Add a default "Color from Gradient" dynamics and tool preset


-- Lots of bug fixes
-- Lots of translation updates

Install GIMP 2.8.6 on ubuntu 13.04/12.10

Open the terminal and run the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gimp



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