With over 150 bugs fixed! This is the LAST 2.9 release with new features, and features it has. A new brush engine(via GSoC), a browser for the color spaces, new resizable icons, big improvements to the wrap-around mode, improvements to filters, the path tool, improved assistant-snapping, improved PSD support, check the release notes for the full list!
If you have resource bundles installed, Krita may say something about md5sum mismatch. Don't worry, this should only happen once, and it means that Krita is updating old faulty bundles to have proper md5sums, which are special strings that allow Krita to check if the resources aren't accidentally corrupted.
After this, we're going full time onto the 3.0 version, with only bugfix releases for the 2.9 series. This includes LOD and Animation, which are in a very good shape already, but far from ready for release. For those building on Linux, you will need KDE Frameworks 5 and QT5.4 to build current Master. Because this isn't available on LTS releases yet, we're working hard on figuring out portable builds for Linux. You can expect test-builds for Animation and LOD to appear in the coming months!
Also, we're doing a friendly contest to determine which version of Kiki, our cyber-squirrel mascot, gets to go onto the Kickstarter Reward t-shirts! forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=…
Another, more technical note, some information on how Krita handles it's funding: krita.org/item/funding-krita/
As an open source project we think it's really important to share such information with you.