"If you browse around a bit you'll find lots of potential
candidates, although we'll narrow the field down a bit to keep the
list to a minimum. Choosing a basic, general purpose paint
application will probably depend on which desktop you prefer. For
the GNOME crowd, there's a new program named Pinta that seems to
work quite well. It has all the tools you'd expect in a basic paint
app and is under active development.
"For KDE fans there are several options. KolourPaint is similar
in functionality to Pinta and gives you all the basic graphics
editing tools. The user interface closely resembles MS Paint,
making it an easy application to pick up for Windows switchers. For
the young at heart there's TuxPaint. This program is truly targeted
at the kids, offering a clean drawing surface along with basic
shape tools and color pickers to facilitate both the simple and the
most creative minds.
"One tool that bears mention at this point is the Shutter
screen-shot application (see the full review of this app we did a
few months back). Snapping screen shots is one of those things you
can do with a built-in tool, but there is an option offering
significantly more functionality. Shutter includes a basic editing
capability specifically tailored to tweaking screenshots with
things like blurring out sensitive information, adding annotation
or call outs, cropping and resizing. It's definitely worth a look
if you do much of that."