Re: [Gimp-developer] gimp 2.8 prohibitively slow

It's definitely on the low end, but I'm positive that gimp can do better! Of all the graphics programs I've tried on this computer, gimp 2.8 performs the worst. Even krita is a little better, which I thought was surprising. It's able to at least load my largest image (8960x9088, 7 MB) after awhile without halting and crippling my DE, though it takes about 6 seconds to register from pen to paper.

I'm not quite sure how the MyPaint guys do it. I think it might involve virgin sacrifice.

On 07/18/2012 09:55 AM, Guillermo Espertino (Gez) wrote:
On 18/07/12 10:45, Aaron Paden wrote:
So I mostly use MyPaint, but I'd like to be able to do some things in gimp, too. But gimp is way too slow on this computer. Especially trying to open large images like MyPaint encourages, I'll have to run to another tty to try and kill the process so I can continue to use my computer. I've got an old Pentium 4 with only about half a gig of RAM. A bit behind the times, but especially on Linux it's generally fast enough to get the job done.

Is there anything I can do to help improve performance? I don't have much experience. I doubt I could write anything any faster. But maybe I can do something to help identify bottlenecks? Anything I can do to help, I'm game.

You can try turning off color management in your preferences (there's a bug in GIMP 2.8 that makes painting tools and selection widgets slower when color management is active) and you can try with different tile memory settings but I'm afraid your system specs are low for high resolution painting in a program like GIMP.


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