My children really missed it, so after receiving no answer from the 2005 port author, I decided to go my own way.

Update (2007)

Tuxpaint is now available for both N800 and N770 in the maemo official extra repository (see the end of this post)

Port status

Program is working, but non yet hildonized.


When the user press the hardware Home button, TuxPaint continues to run in the background and the user must kill it through a terminal with killall -9 tuxpaint or reset the device. I’ve tried unsuccessfully different approachs (libosso), if you know how to solve this, please let me know. Text tools don’t work.


You can install tuxpaint for both N800 and N770 with the application manager, add the following repository, refresh package list and install:

Web address:

Distribution: mistral

Component: free

Older version:

7 Responses to “TuxPaint for Nokia 770 2006 edition, released”

  • Antti

    Hello, thank you for porting tuxpaint to Os2006 version. I have however a problem with this. Tuxpaint do not start at all. When trying to launch from command line it gives an error message: “error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory”
    Any ideas how to overcome this?
    br, Antti

  • Tom Cushwa

    This is great. I would like to get rid of the prompt line at the bottom of the screen to maximize the sketching area. Also I would like the pictures to be saved to the memory card. I can’t get the pictures off the Nokia unless they are on the memory card.
    It’s a lot of fun though. If any one is very serious about sketching on the Nokia770 then they should also check out “Horizon”

  • Alessandro Pasotti

    @ Antti:

    libsdl ttf are missing in your installation, they should be installed by default.

    deb mistral free

    Put this line into /etc/apt/sources.list, run apt-get update, then
    run apt-get install libsdl-ttf2.0-0, but you know that, I’m sure 🙂

  • Alessandro Pasotti

    @ Tom Cushwa:

    I will look into the config file to see if this is configurable.

    The images are already saved in the memory card: /media/mmc1/tuxpaint

    About horizon: i tried it in the 2005OS and it was too slow to be useful. Is it now faster on the 2006 OS?