With regard to the GIMP version 2.4 issue, I should like to share some of my thoughts.
While it is impossible to predict the actual release schedule for a stable version of GIMP 2.4, if I had to hazard a guess then I would expect final release to happen sometime in the next 2-4 weeks. There will probably be another release candidate appearing soon, which would be followed soon afterward by the final 2.4.0. If the Vector developers expect development of their beta testing to take a month or more, they may wish to consider including the GIMP release candidates in their betas, with the hope of including a stable GIMP 2.4 when VL 6.0 is announced.
Whether or not the Vector developers decide to pursue this is, of course, their choice; but if it is considered, I thought I'd mention the following issues that would need addressing:
Most of the GIMP's dependencies seem to be met by the current beta packages. However, the Pango library would need to be updated to a later version:
Pango (version 1.19.0 required, 1.16.4 provided)
PangoFT2 (version 1.12.2 required, not provided?)
If help is to be provided, then the following packages would be required:
gtkdoc version 1.0
gtkhtml2 version 2.0
Additionally, VL 5.9's PACKAGES.TXT
lists version 0.22.0 of 'gdkpixbuf' (which may be a typo or I am misconstruing things) -- GIMP v2.4 would require version 2.10.13. (EDIT: it appears that gdk-pixbuf is now included with GTK+-2.0, so the package in the list is probably there for usage by GTK-1.2.)
is the preferred replacement for 'gimp-print' and should probably be considered for inclusion in VL 6.0 regardless of whether GIMP 2.2 or 2.4 is provided.