White Elephant was created due to lack of line testing software like MonkeyJam for Linux. There are some animation programs for Linux, but the author needed more drawing options like in an image editor. The intended purpose is to test animations drawn in image editors like MyPaint and Gimp. These two programs have some plugins or hacks to work with animations, but they use layers as frames, and they don't have a real layer system to work with. That's where White Elephant comes in.