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


Change KDE Konqueror default file manager view

Konqueror uses ‘Icon View’ as the default view. You can change it to other types such as ‘Detailed List View’ or ‘Image View’ and make it the default view each time you open Konqueror File Manager.

Firstly launch Konqueror File Manager, the easy way is to open (double click) your home folder icon located in your desktop.


This is your default file list view of your Konqueror


Change the view to whatever view you wanted. Eg: Detailed List View


To make the changes permanent, you need to save it into your profile

From the menu, select Settings > Save View Profile “File management”


Click save


From now on, Konquerer will use your preferred view as the default display. You might change the setting whenever you want but don’t forget to save your setting to make it permanent.