Here's a pair of screenshots of the same image, as displayed in Geeqie. On top is the version with color profiles disabled (on the View -> Color Management menu). On bottom is the default, with color profiles enabled.
I have only a very basic understanding of color management, but I thought the idea was to enable more accurate color reproduction and prevent images looking desaturated and washed out. However, to my eye, it seems that the colors are more saturated without color management.
Viewing the image in Firefox shows the saturated version. I understand that Firefox doesn't do color management, so this seems consistent.
Is this a problem with my software or my expectations? I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 and viewing images in the following programs:
eog (Gnome Image Viewer): desaturated by default.
Geeqie: desaturated by default; saturated by disabling color management
Gimp: saturated by default; disabling color management makes no difference.
Firefox: saturated by default.