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FOSS painting program Krita now has the Linux version on Steam

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Okay, not exactly gaming news but good to see anyway. Krita, the high quality FOSS painting program now has a Linux version available on Steam.

They made a bit of a splash about releasing the Linux version on Steam too, in their announcement they mentioned how they're proud of it being "free, open source and community-driven software" with the Steam release meant as another direct way to support the development since it requires a purchase. Note: The Krita team did send GamingOnLinux a copy.

I think this part of the announcement was my favourite bit:

Linux is part of our roots, and we're passionate about Linux as a platform for everybody--from professionals, to students, to everyday people. Whether you're a programmer, a musician, a gamer, or an artist, Linux belongs to all of us. We love Linux, and we're happy to support Linux as a first-class platform on Steam.

As for the application itself, it really is good. There's times I'm actually amazed at how far Linux and open source software has come in the last few years. I can right now plug in our Wacom drawing tablet (Wacom K100981 Intuos S), Linux will instantly pick it up. If you have more than one monitor, there's a really small bit of configuration you need to do to lock the Wacom tablet to one monitor, otherwise the drawing area is spread across them all by default making it tricky but even that was really easy to do.

Then I can begin drawing an absolute masterpiece in Krita right away:

Don't give up my day job—right?

Great to see this happen on Steam, even if it's available elsewhere it's nice to have more ways to support developers doing such fantastic tools like this that support Linux. It's all about familiarity too, if a long-time Windows user always grabs it from Steam and they want to try Linux, having things like this right where they're used to can really help.

Find it on Steam or from the official site.

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Liam Dawe 12 September 2019 at 8:06 pm UTC
qptain NemoUgh, let's be real, you only wrote this article so you could flex on us with your insane painting skills.

Look, I wanted to enter this drawing competition I found on the back of my cornflakes this morning. I mean, it's for kids but I'm only 31.
14 13 September 2019 at 4:58 am UTC
Liam Dawe
qptain NemoUgh, let's be real, you only wrote this article so you could flex on us with your insane painting skills.

Look, I wanted to enter this drawing competition I found on the back of my cornflakes this morning. I mean, it's for kids but I'm only 31.
You know it was Fruit Loops.
Nanobang 13 September 2019 at 11:48 am UTC
NanobangI'm going to wishlist the Steam version and purchase it further on down the line as a way to support the app financially.

Why not send them money via their official Donation page? That way you can support Krita without Valve taking a cut. I figure being present on Steam is mostly meant for people who have never heard of Krita before (or are stuck on an inferior operating system).

Excellent suggestion!
Cyba.Cowboy 16 September 2019 at 8:45 am UTC
Interesting that the Apple macOS version is not on Steam, given that macOS is almost universally considered the best operating system for "creative" types...

Nevermind - the developer (or at least the guy who uploaded it to Steam) replied about this very issue over here...

Tldr: He uses a Linux-based operating system himself and does not own an Apple computer - plus it is already available for macOS via the website - so it (the macOS version) probably won't be on Steam anytime soon.


Anyway, if you've never tried Krita, I highly recommend this - I'm not much of an artist myself, but my daughter is and she uses this on her Apple iMac / Sony VAIO, with incredible results... It's not The GIMP or Adobe Photoshop, but with a bit of patience, you can churn-out some surprisingly high-quality artwork!

Last edited by Cyba.Cowboy at 16 September 2019 at 8:57 am UTC
tuubi 16 September 2019 at 9:19 am UTC
Cyba.CowboyIt's not The GIMP
I'd say it's definitely more usable than the GIMP for free-form art using a tablet or a pen display, but the GIMP still serves you better for generic image manipulation.
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