MsPaint alternatives in linux

I have to admit. Being a technical people with minimum knowledge of image or graphic editing, the mostly used image editor for me is Ms Paint (Microsoft Paint). I rarely use higher featured image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop simply because Ms Paint already fulfill my needs. All I want is a simple tool to do quick hack on images I’m working on such as creating pointing arrows on a desktop snapshots that will be used while authoring howtos for peoples I support.

So when I migrated to a linux desktop, I need MsPaint replacement as soon as possible. Peoples suggested Gimp but I found that Gimp is too complicated for my needs. It’s more suitable to be tagged as a open source replacement for Adobe Photoshop rather than Mspaint.

Luckily the packages that I need are truly existed in the linux world. Presenting KolourPaint and GNU Paint (gpaint).

Both programs acts mostly identical to ms paint especially Kolourpaint. Even though kolourpaint is built for KDE environment but I’ve tested it on Gnome and it works fine. The same goes for Gpaint where you can use it on KDE. To install both softwares, I suggest your all to use your distro’s package management such as Synaptic or apt get for Debian/Ubuntu based, urpmi for Mandriva and yum for Redhat or Fedora users. Search for ‘kolourpaint’ or ‘gpaint’ to find and install the software.

Below are some screenshots for Kolourpaint


And a screenshot of Gnu Paint


6 thoughts on “MsPaint alternatives in linux”

  1. Thanks for researching this for me. I was actually about to research this but this was the firstlink. I am trying to convert my brother from a windows fan to a Fedora fan. he said he will as long as i can get him MSPaint on it. Well looks like you did it for me. It looks great.

  2. Excellent. Thank u so much. I installed Kolour under OpenSuse Linux v11.2 and it works like hell.

    That was an excellent advice and 100% I can confirm to you that GIMP is really very complicated to do a simple paint task.

    Thank u again.

    Mohi @ Budapest

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