GIMP has a lot more features than Elements, it is nearer to the full Photoshop, but frankly for everyday preparation and editing of family pictures it is probably, like the full PS, a bit of overkill.................aimed at professionals and commercial printing rather than domestic use.
The other problem is that GIMP is really only native to Linux.To install it on Windows, you also have to have GTK+, the GIMP Toolkit.
GIMP is a very steep learning curve, and the interface and the working of the tools are very rough compared to any version of Photoshop, as you may expect from a freebie..............having said that, for free you get a very powerful bit of software.
I don't think GIMP has the organiser, it is simply an editor.
It is difficult for me to say as I have Photoshop CS2 and never used GIMP or Elements, but I feel from what you say about your own needs that Elements is the way for you to go.................go on, treat yourself to a Christmas surprise box.
Edited by alumbagh, 09 December 2008 - 11:29 AM.