Corel Photo-Paint 9 for Linux
Corel Photo-Paint needs no introduction. Photo-Paint has been competing
with Adobe Photoshop for some time now. While Photo-Paint has always been
a very capable program, but, it hasn't quite been able to match the
popularity of Photoshop. Its image creation and manipulation features are
very strong. So it was good news when Corel decided to the latest release,
Photo-Paint 9, to the Linux community as a free download.
Corel Photo-Paint for Linux can be downloaded here. Both RPM and DEB
packages are available. It's a huge 96 MB download which took over 8 hours
on my 56k modem. Since I was using Red Hat, I downloaded the Red Hat
RPM's. What you actually download is a tar.gz file which contains all the
necessary files in RPM format and not one large RPM.
Installation was fairly easy. First you need to untar the tar.gz
file. /tmp is a good location. It is better if you make a new
sub-directory and then untar there because there's are some 50+ files in
Now it's time to untar the file here. The file would be named
CorelPHOTOPAINT9LnxRPM.tar.gz. Untarr'ing is a simple command. First
changes into the newly created directory and run the following command.
tar zxvf CorelPHOTOPAINT9LnxRPM.tar.gz
This will create the proper directories and extract the files there. You
might want to read ReadmeFirst.html for more information.
Corel has provided a simple install script. You can also install it
manually as given in the Readme but the script is much faster and
easier. You will need to run the script from X though. If X was not
already running then start X and open a terminal window. Then change into
the directory where you untarred Linux and run the install script there.
The install script will prompt you for the root password at this
point. Enter that and installation will begin.
Then the installation will prompt you for the Linux distribution that
you're running. The installation detected the distribution automatically
every time I tried it and worked across Red Hat, SuSE and Corel. The next
few screens you can just click through. There's just a license agreement
and a note informing you of the installation location.
After the installation is complete, a launcher will be created in the KDE
menu. You will have to restart the panel or login again to see the