GIMP: how to correctly and effectively install it in Kubuntu 11.04?

Clay Weber clay at
Wed Sep 21 23:47:48 UTC 2011

On Thursday, September 22, 2011 01:01:57 AM Bas Roufs wrote:
> Hello everybody
> In several previous versions of Kubuntu I did manage to successfully install
> Gimp.
> But now, in Kubuntu 11.04 it does not seem to work any more. I did install
> Gimp and several dependencies. But whatever I try exactly, I simply do  not
> manage to get the package started. When I start the programme via K-Menu,
> everything stops after about one minute. When I try to open .png or .jpg
> files, exactly the same happens. Does anybody have a clue how to get Gimp
> started in *Ubuntu 11.04?
> Respectfully yours,
> Bas Roufs.

A well known problem, with many google hits on how to fix it :)

In System Settings, go to Application Appearance >> GTK+ Appearance  >> 
widget style.
then temporarily switch the widget style to Raleigh, then hit 'apply'

Now run gimp, it should open, with the ugly Raleigh look. Close gimp, go back 
to system settings, and switch it back to Oxygen. Gimp should then open just 

The bug is fixed in the version of Gimp in 11.10.


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