Tried to update my GIMP and now i got two versions, instead of one

I apparently installed a new flatpak version.

But i still got the old version, if my old version is not a flatpak, then what is the correct term to call it? as far as how it is installed or was installed? what type of package is it?

Here is the synaptic package manager screenshot of the old version:

Also, why doesnt synaptic allow me or give me the option to upgrade this old GIMP version? I'd rather do that, because i probably could keep my settings/configurations & i wouldnt have to re-pin the icon to my taskbar.

Gimp.

Because the onus is on the Gnome GIMP developers to upload later or newer versions of Gimp. I realize that they will deny this, and that their denials mean absolutely nothing.
No, it is not up to the Distros to maintain the GIMP packages, nor do they change the GIMP dependencies.

Gimp 2.10.18 is the latest version that GIMP has uploaded to the Focal Repository.

If you want to keep the Flatpak version and remove the APT version,

sudo apt remove --purge gimp

Or, you can use Gnome Software to isolate it (Source button: Zorin) or use Synaptic (Version 2.10) to remove it.

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@Aravisian ,

Gimp

--No, thats obvious. I mean a way to differentiate them. But it appears you answered my question later on, indirectly, which is you called it an "APT version".

Lastly, is "the Focal Repository" the database that the terminal accesses when it does apt get & apt update?

-Thanks!

Yes, exactly.

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Okay, thanks for all the help. So which method of installing GIMP, will it automatically update to GIMP's latest version regularly, rather than get stuck at 2.10.18?

Or is there even a way?

Package updates are the onus of the package maintainer. As I understand it, in spite of Focal Fossa being LTS, the Gnome GIMP developers stopped providing updates for GIMP on Focal.
Bear in mind that Flatpak is a Gnome Project and so is GIMP. They are supplying directed pressure to favor their own teams interests, not the users.
Because of this, you cannot upgrade GIMP higher than the current version unless the GIMP developers yield and do the right thing for a change.

You can, of course, use the Flatpak version instead of the APT version. That may fulfill your needs for a higher package version. It is supposed to receive upgrades.

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