While this may not be novel news to anyone familiar to Linux or simply open source software in general, I have talked to a non-zero number of people who have no clue in hell that this thing even exists. GIMP (which is short for GNU Image Manipulation Program) is basically a slightly more basic, but legitimately FREE image editing program in the same vein as Paint Shop Pro or Adobe Photoshop – available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS. To be fair, I have Photoshop, and I am used to Photoshop… so for a long time I had heard about this piece of software but had not tried it. Then I installed Ubuntu on a couple of machines to fuck around with Linux, and found I could get 95% of the same tasks done with GIMP, along with a wide variety of other things I hadn’t thought to do in Photoshop.
In any case, anything that can hold its own against the big boys, only with more community support and a price point within reach of literally anyone with a computer – is damn cool. Check it out: The GIMP