Tux Paint

June 18th, 2002 by keerf

Bill Kendrick of NBS wrote in to announce the release of an alpha version of Tux Paint:

“Tux Paint” is a simple and fun drawing program gear towards children (e.g. 10 or younger).

It includes, or will include, a number of tools:

Paint Brush
Rubber Stamp
Line Tool
“Magic” Tool (special effects)

It presents a very simple user interface which includes sound effects and a cartoon version of Tux the Linux Penguin, which helps the user along.

Work begin on June 14th. Today, June 17th, the 2nd alpha version was released. It is far from complete, but shows where the app. is going (and is quite usable for drawing simple images; it just can’t save them yet)

Tux Paint will be released under the GNU General Public License (GPL) and will most likely be part of the Tux4Kids project ( )

Tux Paint requires the Simple DirectMedia Layer library (libSDL), as well as SDL_image and SDL_mixer add-on libraries, all of which are released under the GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) and available at

5 Responses to “Tux Paint”

  1. blackpenguin Says:

    This is a great app, I just hope that Bill continues to develop it!!!!

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Although it is supposed to be designed for kids, fixed size canvas can become a problem, especially when running Tux Paint under different screen resolutions, only to discover half of the image is gone when moving pictures to laptop…

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Are they actually making Tux the assistant for Tux Paint? As I recalled, last time M$ tried to add assistant to the Office suite, everybody HATES it! Why adding a proven design failure into any program, especially for kid-orienated software?

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks to you (and the many others) who have been sending me encouragement and kind words about Tux Paint! I’m glad it’s piquing so much interest! Please have your kids (or kids you know) try it out, and let me know what they think!

    Note: I’ll be out of town til the end of June, so there won’t be any more releases for a week or so.


  5. Anonymous Says:

    our one man desktop linux software solution

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