Graphics apps, kde stuff

Ho Wan Chan smartboyhw at
Sun Feb 24 16:52:06 UTC 2013

Now hmm I am the packager of Calligra (which includes Krita) for it's last
two versions (2.6.0 & 2.6.1) since I'm now a Kubuntu packager. I thought
that Krita is really a great app. However we aren't using KDE anymore. Even
though we have KDE libs in the ISOs, I disagree that we should put it in.
It's sort of not integrated. However since I'm not a member of the Ubuntu
Studio Development Team, I shall not have any problems with it being added
to the ISOs.

As for GIMP Paint Studio, I can absolutely volunteer to package it (since I
now have more experience). However I need to find a sponsor to get it in
the Ubuntu archive, otherwise we can't add it in into the ISOs.

smartboyhw (Howard Chan)
On 2013-2-25 上午12:28, "Len Ovens" <len at> wrote:

> On Sun, February 24, 2013 8:02 am, Shubham Mishra wrote:
> > On 02/24/2013 09:23 PM, Len Ovens wrote:
> >> This morning, a user asked about krita and was given the normal reply
> >> about us only including enough apps to cover workflows etc. No problem.
> >> I
> >> know we have not included KDE apps in the past because of the libs it
> >> pulls in. However, we have added kdenlive and so we now have the kde
> >> libs
> >> anyway. (2mb seems less of a problem on a 2G iso than on a 700M iso)
> >>
> >> I would suggest we maybe need to reassess our workflows with regard to
> >> best apps now that we can easily include kde apps. For example, is krita
> >> better than what we have now? A question for the artists in our midst.
> >>
> >>
> > I presume the existing setup for Digital art is GIMP + GPS (2.8 comes
> > with half the GPS brushes anyways). While that is a good setup, it does
> > have a steeper learning curve, compared to Krita at least.  That is
> > understandable since GIMP was primarily intended as an image editing
> > software ( and does that pretty well), whereas Krita is specifically a
> > program made for digital art. With the the recent 2.6 release (PSD
> > support anyone?) Krita is definitely a very high quality program to
> > include in a FLOSS workflow for art, especially for artists who are
> > trying to migrate from the Windows+Photoshop arena.
> >
> GPS equals "Gimp Paint Studio"? We don't have it. The guy who was
> interested in packaging it seems to have vanished. I did suggest we would
> like to include it in US by default, but I think he is really only
> interested in doing that for an LTS release as it is a lot less work for
> him. I think Mypaint or inkscape are the only painting programs we have.
> There are some 3D things in here like blender and synfig.
> I am not a graphic artist really so I don't know what is good or not.
> However it sounds like this may be an area we have not covered at all.
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