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best open source graphics softwares

Open Source Softwares/Applications are now becoming the most appropriate choice for students,designers,programmers,developers and common desktop users, not only due to the reason that most of them are freely available but also due to the fact that – they can customize a open source software, in a better (due tis open nature i.e source code is open to all) way than a closed source(proprietary) software.

Open Source software and technology is specially helpful for beginners (May be a student or a startup (Think for a Minute, if you want to learn how to develop a web apps then(for some designing stuffs) would you like to invest thousands of dollars on Adobe Products(e.g Photoshop) or you will go for some FOSS(free and open source software) alternatives like GIMP) ) because it allows them to complete the task without compromising (sometimes a little might be accepted) with the quality at zero or negligible cost.

Linux based operating systems have a dominant position in web server market (Red Hat Rocks) and now they are approaching well (due to some user friendly Linux distributions like Ubuntu(10.04/10.10 or upcoming version 11.04) and Linux Mint(Latest Stable version -10-LMDE)) towards the desktop market. Most of the open source Applications are cross-platform(available for Linux based Distros,Windows & Mac OS X ) , some of them are very popular like Mozilla Firefox,VLC Player etc, while some are less popular on non Linux platforms.

graphics software

I’ve been using open source softwares(both on Windows/Linux) from three years and based on my past experience, I have come up with my favorite – top 10(cool and awesome) collection of best free and open source softwares,specially useful  for graphics designers/developers.

Top 10 – best open source graphics design/development softwares

#1 : GIMP Image Editor

GIMP(GNU Image manipulation Program) is the best free image editor available for all platforms. GIMP has a lot of features and options; it is just equivalent to Adobe Photoshop. GIMP has been developed and maintained by GNU Foundation.

gimp image editor

Features of GIMP at a Glance

  • Customizable Interface
  • Photo Enhancement
  • Digital Retouching
  • Image Editing
  • Drawing

Supported Platforms –

  • GNU/Linux
  • Microsoft Windows(XP,Vista,7)
  • Mac OS X
  • Free BSD
  • Open Solaris

Download GIMP (Windows/mac Users). GNU/Linux users can install gimp directly from the package manager or from command line.

Ubuntu(../10.10/11.04/..) or debian users can install gimp by typing the command –

sudo apt-get install gimp

On Fedora type –

yum install gimp

On Open Suse type –

yast -i gimp

#2 : Blender

Blender is the most popular free and open source 3d modelling tool. it has very sophisticated features with a simple and easy to use graphical user interface. Blender is very popular among game developers and 3d graphics designers. it supports a lot of animation and gaming effects.


On Ubuntu or any other Linux based os it is available in their respective software package repository, while windows users can download it from the website.

Download Blender

Install Blender from command Line in Ubuntu/Debian/Linux Mint

sudo apt-get install blender

#3 : Inkscape Vector Graphics Editor

Inkscape is an open equivalent of Illustrator or CorelDraw or Xara X. it uses SVG(Scalable Vector Graphics) format(W3C standard); it has nice GUI with a lot of advanced features(e.g Alpha Blending,Markers,Clones). If you want to learn more, then free documentation is available online, on its official website. The current stable version is 0.48.1. Ubuntu or GNU/Linux users can find them at their respective package repository, while Windows or Mac users can download it from its official website.


Download Inscape

Install it from command line, in Debian based Linux Distros like Ubuntu or Linux Mint —

sudo apt-get install inkscape

#4 : MyPaint

MyPaint is another paint program with a lot of features. The main advantage is that – myPaint is very fast; it’s easy to use and focus mainly on the Art instead on the application itself. So it is specially useful for artists and graphics designers who want to concentrate on their art,work on Canvas with minimal distraction(from the overloaded features or unwanted functionality of the software). It has a large collection of brushes installed by default. If you want to use myPaint then first go through its basic usage tutorial (it will take less than 15 minutes to complete) and install it to give it a try.

graphics software 4- mypaint

Download MyPaint

#5 : digiKam

digiKam is an advanced digital photo management software, available free for all platforms(Linux,Windows and Mac). it has very sophisticated graphical interface with a lot of advanced features(Face recognition features has been added recently in version 2.0). Ubuntu or GNU/Linux users can easily install it in one click from the package manager or Software Center, while windows or mac users can download the binary executable from its official website.

Digicam - Open Source Graphics SoftwareDownload digiKam

Ubuntu or Linux Mint or Debian users can type the command(followed by their login password,if required) at bash shell/terminal –

sudo apt-get install digikam

#6 : LibreOffice Draw

Another Drawing program developed by forking the popular software – ‘open office Draw’. Therefore it has all the features of ‘OpenOffice Draw’ with some improvements. it is very useful for simple sketch,flowcharts as well as for complex plans. To install libreOffice on Ubuntu or any other Linux Distros, First you have to uninstall the open Office components,then download the required package(e.g Debian package for Ubuntu or Linux Mint) and install it.

libreoffice-drawDownload LibreOffice Draw

#7 : Aqsis

Aqsis or Aqsis Renderer is a photorealistic 3D rendering solution,adhering to the RenderMan interface standard(as Defined by Pixar Studio). it is a free software,available for GNU/Linux,Windows and Mac OS X. Aqsis project is hosted on SourceForge.net. Latest stable version is aqsis 1.6. Download the required binary files for your OS, from the given link –


Download Aqsis

#8 : OpenFX

OpenFX or simply OFX is a 3D Modelling, animation and rendering suite, available free under GPL. Currently it’s available only for Windows but you can run it on Linux platform by using Wine (For Help on installing Wine on Ubuntu).

openfxDownload OpenFX

#9 : Art of Illusion

Art of Illusion is 3D Modelling and rendering studio,available free as an open source software for all common platforms – Linux, Windows, Mac and Unix. The latest stable version is 2.8.1, released last year. it is mainly used for skeleton based animation and as a surface modelling tool.

art-of-illusionDownload AOI

#10 : MeshLab

MeshLab is an open source,portable and extensible system used for editing and processing of unstructured 3D triangular meshes. it is a cross-platform application(i.e available for all common platforms). The latest stable version is 1.3,if you want to give it a try, download the required package from the link given below –


Download MeshLab

These are my favorite graphics and design related softwares, if you think that,I’ve missed some good graphics software(of course ‘Open Source’!) then feel free to recommend or share your experience through comments. Have Fun!


VNC server for ubuntu 10.10

What is VNC ?

VNC(Virtual Network Computing) is a protocol that uses Remote Frame Buffering(RFB) to share/control the desktop(graphically) remotely over the internet. VNC is  composed of three things –

  • VNC Client : The Program Running on the computer who will access the desktop remotely
  • VNC Server : The Program Running on the computer which will allow the other computer to share/control the desktop.
  • VNC Protocol(RFB) : simple communication protocol which transfer the events(mouse and keyboard events) between the client and server.

For Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat), a lot of free and open source vnc servers are available,some of them includes –

#1 : Vino : it is the default vnc server of Ubuntu 10.10. You can start using it on ubuntu by going to System->Preferences->Remote Desktop. Then configure it according to your need. Use strong password for security reasons.


#2 : x11vnc : it is independent of Linux Desktop (GNOME/KDE) and specially useful for xubuntu users. Using x11vnc requires some command line skills so, it isn’t much easy for beginner linux users.

Other vnc servers are tightvncserver,krfb etc.

Recommended Third party VNC server/client

Teamviewer is the best vnc server for beginner users, it is available for Linux based OS,Windows and Mac. it is free for personal uses. The desktop sharing can be easily done using teamviewer. First it creates a session then you can send the unique session id/password(generated by teamviewer) to other client end ; all with a simple graphical interface(No commands knowledge is required).

teamviewer vnc server

See More Tutorials on installing TeamViewer on Ubuntu 10.10 if you want to try teamviewer.

wubi for installing ubuntu 10.04

Wubi for Ubuntu 10.04

Wubi Installer : Install Ubuntu on Windows

Wubi is ubuntu installer for windows 7/vista/XP users which allows you to install(or uninstall) Ubuntu 10.04(or 9.10 or 10.10) in single click just like an another windows application.Wubi is free and open source software.(No need to download and burn ubuntu 10.04 ISO file on a CD/DVD)

Remarkable Features of Wubi

  • It’s very simple and easy to use(Install in one click)
  • wubi is safe(No need to worry about partitions/file system/… )
  • Wubi is discreet and modular

wubi for installing ubuntu 10.04

Requirements for Wubi

  1. min of 384 MB memory
  2. min  Hard-disk space of 5GB
  3. Windows 98,2000,XP,Vista

installing ubuntu 10.04 using Wubi Installer

#1.Download Wubi installer(Link is given below) for ubuntu 10.04(lucid Lynx).
Download Wubi for ubuntu 10.04

#2. Next,to install Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx) on windows Vista/XP/7 just run the wubi installer and enter the password for Ubuntu 10.04 and click on ‘install’.That’s All..after few minutes ubuntu 10.04 will be ready to use.

#3. Wait for the installation to complete….Now you can use ubuntu 10.04 like any other application in windows and if you don’t like then just uninstall it in a single click.

how to install wine on ubuntu 10.04

how to install wine on ubuntu 10.04

Wine – Windows program loader/installer : Ubuntu 10.04

how to install wine on ubuntu 10.04

Wine is a compatibility layer to run windows applications/softwares on Linux based OS like Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx)/9.10/10.10.The most important fact is that the applications doesn’t required CPU emulation and run at full speed.The Wine can be installed in Ubuntu 10.04 by using command line or Synaptic Package Manager.Wine package contains a program loader which is used to run windows executables(*.exe).

Installing Wine in Ubuntu 10.04 by using Synaptic Package Manager

1. Open Synaptic Package Manager and search for ‘wine’.

2. Then select the row which contains wine 1.2 and mark the package(by checking box) for installation; and click on ok if it asks for dependencies.

3. Next,click on Apply to install wine and wait ….until the installation is completed.

4. Now,you are ready to use wine.

Install Wine from Command Line(Terminal/shell)

To install wine from command line,first open the terminal(In Ubuntu 10.04,just hit CTRL+ALT+T) and type the command given below
sudo apt-get install wine

Using Wine on Ubuntu 10.04/9.10
After successful installation of wine on Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx),you can open it from Applications->Wine OR just right click on windows executables(.exe) and select ‘Open With Wine Windows Program Loader’.