I’ve talked about Tux Paint on this blog over the years and produced an informative and slightly humorous Tux Paint demonstration video back in 2006. The video has been downloaded 1,066 times from internet archive.org and viewed 31500 times not including the 14000 views from the version with low quality audio which Ive deleted.
The most common question I get asked is “how do I get the stamps?“. All of the people who have asked are on the windows platform, I believe this is probably because on Debian/Ubuntu systems the stamp packages are installed with Tux Paint. So rather than continue to reply to all the email and comments I decided to write this howto and perhaps someone will do the screencast version.
Getting Tux Paint stamps for windows and mac osx
The steps are the same, visit the Tux Paint website, chose your operating system then download and install the optional stamps package.
Some of the people that asked me about the stamps must have been too excited at the time they downloaded Tux Paint and didn’t notice the optional stamps package or perhaps they didn’t install Tux Paint. If you’re having trouble you might need to ask an adult for help, if that fails just go colour.
Tux Paint stamps on Ubuntu
On Ubuntu we have advanced packaging tools, software management programs and remote software package repositories. Pretty much all the software on my system has been installed this way, its easier and more user friendly then installing software on other systems and the amount of top quality software you can install is amazing. Using search its easy to find cool new programs, for example if you’re a social media guru you might search for twitter, facebook or blog software, if you need a web server running a wiki you might simply install mediawiki and enjoy watching all the system dependencies get met. The two programs I’ll mention are the Ubuntu Software Center and Synaptic.
Ubuntu Software Center
The Ubuntu Software Center is new in Ubuntu 9.10, some people may not have upgraded so we will also look at Synaptic. Synaptic is usually installed on most versions of Ubuntu.
The Ubuntu Software Center is available from the Applications menu.
Simply use search, type tuxpaint and click the arrow and your done.
Synaptic is available through System Administration menu.
Again simply use Quick Search and type tuxpaint, Synaptic gives us more information about the packages, to install/uninstall software you tick the box and hit apply.
Tux Paint still reigns as the best educational paint software. Usually people are having too much fun with Tux Paint to think of it as an intelligent tutoring system within a highly interactive learning environment.
Tux Paint is available for free and as free software and you can also purchase the CD. It makes a great gift.
Weve just installed these two donated computers in a community nursury and breakfast/after schol club in Lincolnshire, England. The machines are 600mhz/128mb/4.2gig and they took about 3/4â€™s of an hour to install and configure perfectly, and have cost the centre nothing!
The kids absolutely love them, most are from underpriviledged backgrounds and many of them have never used a computer before. As a result they will grow up computer literate. The Nursury just wanted to say a heartfelt thanks for all of the effort and long hours that the community has put into creating this supurb collection of software.
Keep Up the Good work!
The other day I was helping people use computers at a local community group, I knew all of them have young children so I put together a CD with Tux Paint, Tux Paint stamps, GCompris, Elephants Dream and I have some SFD leaflets left over so I gave them a copy of that and we wrote the url of Wikipedia and my blog on the back. We briefly discussed some of those things and then had a look at Tux Paint and GCompris. They were all really happy with the software and we had fun doing some of the activities. Not everyone has the internet at home so thats something to remember.
Links to download the versions for windows users:
The page to download Elephants Dream.