Krita and Inkscape finally hit the Microsoft Store

Microsoft Store
Microsoft has shouted loudly that it loves Free Software. But we really have few samples of it. While it is true that Ubuntu and other distributions are integrated into Windows 10, to this day, little of their software has been licensed under the GPL or at least released for free.

For this, news like the arrival of Krita and Inkscape to the Microsoft Store are important and interesting to know.The Microsoft Store is a store of applications and other products that Microsoft integrated into Windows 10. In such a way that the user can download and install any application with a single click. In this application store (like the one we have on smartphones) Krita and Inkscape, two emblematic applications of Free Software in graphics editing, have been uploaded.

Krita, unlike Gimp, is fully compatible with Photoshop files

Krita was born within the Calligra suite, but its popularity was such that it quickly became independent of the suite to be a unique and complete application. Inkscape, on the other hand, was born as a unique application focused on vector design, trying to be the free alternative to CorelDraw.

Thus, it seems that Microsoft wants to offer free alternatives to Phootshop and CorelDraw, alternatives that operating systems such as Gnu / Linux have offered for a long time and that their users know their advantages and possibilities.

I know many of you prefer Gimp, a rival of Krita, but unlike Gimp, Krita supports and reads Photoshop format, while Gimp still has trouble reading it perfectly.

Personally I love the news and the idea of ​​introducing free applications in stores like Microsoft Store, because it advertises them and teaches other users that Free Software is as powerful as Private Software, but with advantages that other programs do not have. However, What application do you think Microsoft will upload to its Store? Will it be LibreOffice? Could it be Midori? What do you think?


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  1.   rfog said

    Well, the Krita is worth almost 10 euros. Very OpenSource doesn't have to be.

    1.    Chapo said

      Free or Open Source is not the same as free ...

  2.   Williams said

    Old man, it is a fact that if they charge, it does not mean that it stops being Open Source / Free Software; in fact, a GNU document dictates that you are free to charge for your FREE SOFTWARE (https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/selling.es.html), if you respect the four freedoms of FREE SOFTWARE (https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.es.html); what dictates whether a software is free or not is not the fact that it is FREE OR NOT, but rather that the four freedoms mentioned in the previous link are respected; so, Krita in Windows, can charge, but it is still FREE SOFTWARE. Also, if they did not charge SOMETHING, how is this project sustained?

  3.   Chapo said

    Microsoft said it loves open source, not free software, I don't know what your hobby is to call both things free software when they are not the same.

  4.   George Mint said

    Well, I don't know, but I've tried Krita twice and it fails like a fairground shotgun on Windows, on luxury Linux.