So I ran through this HOWTO: Recompiling PHP5 With Bundled Support For GD On Ubuntu http://www.howtoforge.com/recompiling-php5-with-bundled-support-for-gd-on-ubuntu And I had no luck. gd installs just fine—but it seems to be the same gd I can get from apt-get with no filtering or rotation. In my sources.list “backports” and “partner” are commented out—(and the cd itself) and that's it. php5-gd_5.2.10.dfsg.1-2ubuntu6.1_i386.deb which is slightly different from the instructions I’m not sure where I went wrong. Ideas? Thanks.