In Linux, is there a way to run legacy versions of MyPaint alongside the latest version? Perhaps having the latest version installed through repositories/PPAs while legacy versions are also accessible in a separate folder somewhere in the system? I found the downloads for all previous versions of MyPaint at GitHub, but I’m not really sure how to set up the contents of the .tar archives or how to compile from source.
I’ve spent some time working with MyPaint 1.2.0, and I like the new tools and features such as the new inking tool, bucket fill and improved symmetry options. But I still have concerns about how overall performance seems to have changed. MyPaint 1.1 felt very responsive: the brush strokes were applied instantaneously and it really felt like drawing/painting on a traditional canvas. When I tried 1.2.0 in both Linux and Windows, there’s a very slight lag with each stroke (even with the latest build under Windows, haven’t tried the latest update for Linux yet). It feels like the strokes take a fraction of a second before being rendered on the canvas, and they can’t quite keep up with the cursor like in 1.1.
For now, I’d like to keep using version 1.1 for my usual works while still trying out 1.2 as bugs/optimizations are sorted out over time. Alternatively, I have access to two dual-boot systems that both run Linux Mint 17.x Cinnamon and Windows 8.1, so I can also install 1.2 in a different OS/system altogether.