[Updated] Gimp 2.8 has been officially released
"With this version we are introducing some long-anticipated features such as layer groups, on-canvas text editing, advanced brush dynamics and the much desired optional single-window mode. We also started applying other important changes to the user interface that bring us closer to matching the product vision."
A bad picture is better than no picture at all, and I would rather have a picture with some noise and details,
than an picture with no noise and no details.