There has been rumors that GIMP will be removed from default package installation on the next Ubuntu release, 10.04 (and probably in the future release as well). Fedora 12 has also dropped GIMP as well.
The reason for this removal is because many users doesn't seem to use it, it took too many disk space, and the interface is too complex. Besides, they have supplied Ubuntu with F-Spot, an alternative for photo management which takes less space, less complexity, and simpler.
Fear not, since it's still available on the repository. All you need is to use apt-get to install it from the repository.
What do you think about this?