"When do "simple users" ever need to edit pictures? Answer: when they want to fine-tune their photos. An MS-PAINT-like program is not needed: F-spot already does that."
I completely disagree with this. Practically everyone has used Paint at some point in their life. It's not the most fully-featured image editor out there, but it's perfect for when you wanna do a quick edit or drawing or something. The GIMP is so overwhelming at first that it takes a while to do just that. If they haven't had any Photoshop/Paint Shop Pro experience at first, they'll be completely lost. And that just won't do. Especially not as a default.
For KDE, there's Kolourpaint, which I find works perfectly. If every line you make on a computer is so perfect that you never need an "Undo" function, there's gpaint for GNOME as well.
Ubuntu ships with GIMP as preinstalled graphics program. GIMP is a really impressive tool, once you figured out how it works. But there are a lot of people out there, who only need a fraction of the things GIMP can do. There are a lot of simple image editing tasks which can be done with simple programs:
John needs some help to do certain things on Ubuntu. He takes a screenshot of a program and tries to mark his problem with a hand painted error and some text.
Mark has been on a conference trip. He want's to remember the people he met, so he pulls a group picture from his digicam and marks everyone with a name tag.
Under MS Windows MS Paint fills this gap. Don't lough, I know a lot of people who use this program quite often. It does exactly what those people want to do. Nothing more, nothing less. For linux there are some mspaint alternatives . But they could need some makeover (in the case of gpaint) or a targeted at a different users (tuxpaint is a program for kids).
i've tried kolour paint for some odd reason it does antialiasing which i do not want and i have no friggin clue how to fix that that's why i like good old ms paint so are there any programs that don't automatically do antialiasing i wonder wonder