Linux on the Desktop

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    I've been a fan of Linux for a long time. I've used it for many servers and doing specific IT tasks that Linux does better than most other operating systems for years.

    When it comes to using Linux on the Desktop I was always disappointed. I would usually try it and then reach some point where I just couldn't function without Windoze. A few days ago I reached my limit with M$. After the umpteenth problem with Vista not working right (this time it decided that I didn't have network. Sometimes it decides I don't have a mouse and sometimes it just won't boot), I decided, screw it, I'm going to Linux.

    Well, I was prepared for the usual pain in the ass, but M$ had me so pissed off I didn't care. I installed Ubuntu 9.04. No problem there and there really hasn't been an install problem with Linux for years. Usually the problem comes with usability. This time however, I've been surprised and shocked at how user friendly my new Linux laptop is. WAAAAAYY better than Visduh.

    Is anyone else running Linux on the Desktop? Would you?
     
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    I have it here on my monster desktop, and on my laptop. Love it. Freedom from windows is sweet.

    I finally did it too because there is NO way I am ever, ever going to Vista, and it was starting to become evident that they were going to force it on us. So, see ya windows!
     
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    What have been your biggest challenges?

    I think if you are fairly insular, there wouldn't be too many challenges any more. It used to be that MM was really shaky. But now, I haven't had any problem with the music or video capabilities. I'm playing Nirvana Unplugged as I type this. Evolution hooked right up to my Exchange server. Open Office is doing a nice job of providing that functionality. I've got Dia for doing Visio stuff. It doesn't look like it has everything, but I think it will suit my purposes (much stronger than it was a few years ago). My firm runs Timeslips so I have to RDP into it for that.
     
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    There were none. I put it on my laptop first, just as a teaching tool for me before I committed to the desktop. Both installations were smooth, and the OS works perfectly and does everything I had before, with aplomb.

    Most of my work is done on my websites, and with audio production. I work with images quite a bit too. No hitches thus far.
     
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    I assume you are using GIMP for image work. What are you using for an IDE for web site dev? My wife handles the Web dev side of things and is still on windoze. But she's using Thunderbird, Open Office and Eclipse for Web Dev. (Although she still uses Dreamweaver on occasion). She's still a Photoshop fan though. But, I'm weeding through those pesky paid for licenses and dumping all I can :lol:

    Do you have anything that's Open Source and creates Flash? I suppose Inkscape can replace Fireworks for vector graphics. What other tools do you use?
     
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    I have used GIMP and Irfanview for years. For the web, all my stuff is simple Joomla so it's all done online in Firefox. KittenKoder will be along I am sure, to banter about all the Linux video and flash toys with you.
     
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    Ubuntu rules! Welcome to the club. ;)

    People are scared of change, but changing OSes doesn't really mean you have to relearn everything, and people actually think you do. I switched because I got sick of apps crashing the whole system when I made a program error, being a programmer it's more important to have an OS that isn't going to turn to shit every time you accidentally put one byte in the wrong location. Since my switch I have actually found a new computer hobby to replace the one that became work. I installed Blender for fun, had problems with it on Windoze when I tried it last but the Windoze 3D package I had gotten use to wouldn't work on Ubuntu and I wasn't that serious in it.

    Now ... since playing with Blender, which runs perfectly in Ubuntu, I am making videos and learning how to do digital media finally. It's fun ... in Windoze I was always worried about expanding because every time I installed something I didn't know if it would work, and getting customer support for their apps was impossible. But with Linux, if something doesn't work I can open up the source file, tweak it a bit, and recompile ... I just love it. In Ubuntu the integration of Gnome and KDE with Linux makes it just as easy as Windoze ... it's just perfect.
     
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    Really? My wife does Joomla Dev primarily. She just went to a new users group meeting in DC. They just got around to organizing. There's pretty high demand for Joomla in some parts of the Government. Specifically the Government Printing Office.

    My wife just finished a large dev project porting a home grown MySQL and CGI web site (about 800 pages) over to a Joomla! based site. She had to create some new components from scratch that she's going to be releasing (all native 1.5).
    A document management component, an event and conference management component with a payment gateway, a recipe database and a component that automates user action (think grassroots politics ....letter writing campaigns etc.).
     
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    Sounds like she kicks butt! A keeper!
     
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    Speaking of MySQL .. I love having it native since all the hosting plans online and all my work needs it. No more having to install massive Windoze packages for it and then configuring it. Also having a built in loop back address since it has Apache to.

    Gimp rules to, but after running it on both Windoze and Ubuntu, it runs much better in Ubuntu/Linux than Windoze.
     

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