A new version of Inkscape has been released. You can read the release notes here. This is a vector drawing program similar to CorelDRAW which I use to make my maps. If you want to go the full monty on mapmaking but have a low budget this is the program to get. It has all the features that I use in CorelDRAW for mapmaking.
The main improvement in this version is improved node editing including begin able to select two or more paths and edit the nodes on those paths together.
If you want to see what you can do with inkscape I have tutorials, here, here and here.