Why is there no basic paint application in OS X? Sure, there are dozens of free applications that do the same thing, but it seems like a useful thing to have for users who don’t need anything more complex. After all, a drawing application was the first application created for the Macintosh, before even the operating system. I’m sure there is a philosophical or marketing reason behind it, but I can’t think of any.
Most adult Windows users who use Microsoft’s Paint actually use it to save screen shots, which is easier in OS X with Preview’s “Grab” menu or keyboard shortcuts.