GIMP was originally released as the General Image Manipulation Program. The number of computer architectures and operating systems supported has expanded significantly since its first release. The first release supported UNIX systems, such as Linux, SGI IRIX silverfast 6.6.2r5 patch number HP-UX. Following the first release, GIMP was quickly adopted and a community of contributors formed.
The community began developing tutorials, artwork and shared better work-flows and techniques. GIMP is primarily developed by volunteers as a free software project associated to both the GNU and GNOME Projects. GIMP team is sure they won’t damage existing functions. Sometimes this means that features that appear complete do not get merged or take months or years before they become available in GIMP. GIMP itself is released as source code. After a source code release installers and packages are made for different operating systems by parties who might not be in contact with the maintainers of GIMP.
GIMP has participated in all years except 2007. 4 with many deep improvements after initial Public Version 2. One of the new features is removing the 4GB size limit of XCF file. The next stable version in the roadmap is 3. The user interface of GIMP is designed by a dedicated design and usability team. 8 defaults to the multiple window mode.