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  1. reverend jay
    I think the Gimp is as close to photoshop as you are going to get in Linux although I have been successful running photoshop under crossover office and wine. These days though i run dual boots on everything that way if I need an app I at least have it on one OS or another.
  2. titrisol
    Argentic, have you tried LIGHTZONE?
    I liked it quite a lor.
    I'm pleased with GIMP+UFRAW for what I do (mostly scanning in flat bed)
  3. thomasw_
    Hi, I have used both Slackware and Debian, but in the last 6 or 7 years I have been using a combination of OpenBSD and OS X.
  4. titrisol
    OS X and BSD are not the same?
  5. Polybun
    Linux Only since 2000, before that, I used windows for a short while after finally retiring my Amiga 1200. The first distro I played with was slackware 2.x. I stuck with slackware till around 7.x, where I made the move to Gentoo, which I still use today.
  6. arigram
    I seem to have a problem with the chatroom. I'm running Ubuntu 8.10 x64 and I've read somewhere that there is trouble with Java on 64bit linux. Is that so?
  7. titrisol
    Arigram It works fine on Fedora9 x64
    You may have to unisntall/upgrade your java
    HERE https://jdk6.dev.java.net/6uNea.html
  8. monkeykoder
    I've been out of the Linux world for a while and am wondering if there are any new distros similar to Gentoo but without the 12hr install (ok it might be less if you're not running a P3)...
  9. monkeykoder
    Well it doesn't seem like it is going to take 12hrs at least...
  10. argentic
    quote : Argentic, have you tried LIGHTZONE?

    Yes I have several times. I like the Bibble Pro features and plugins better. But maybe that's only because I am using it longer. I admit that I really have to give Lightzone a better try.
  11. argentic
    I use both Mandriva Powerpack and Ubuntu 8.10. Two years ago Mandriva was a lot better than Ubuntu. But now I will probably install Ubuntu everywhere soon, because it has all of the Mandriva features and then some. I guess that's because the Ubuntu community is so much larger. Development and updates are quicker and very reliable. Where Ubuntu was a "beginners-distribution" some years ago, it has now become a fullblown very stable production distribution. The only problem with Ubuntu is that you absolutely need an internet connection to install all the packages you need, whereas Mandriva Powerpack comes with an enormous collection of packages readily available on the DVD.
  12. Prest_400
    Hey there.
    It's been just a week since I installed ubuntu 9.04 on a second partition. I'm slowly getting used to it, and transferring some data from windows to Ubuntu. I'm still using much more XP than linux, but I think that my next computer will be 100% linux. Specially music and firefox data. Since my firefox in ubuntu has nothing, I end bored. But in XP, I have every page I've browsed since november, so I have lots of stuff to look at. One of these days I'll have to do a data transfer; In a week maybe, the next week will be busy for me.

    Edit: I've transferred all my profile info. from windows to ubuntu, so now I don't get so much bored. THe dusty theme with an Ansel adams photo (The tetons and snake river) as background is great. The dark brown theme is great for APUG, it makes it a nicer place.
  13. No Digital
    No Digital
    Hi all, linux users!
    I found HERE an interesting news: google chromium beta for linux.
    Read also HERE for detailed instructions (ubuntu / debian users).
    Maybe it's the time I try it...
  14. kurtdriver
    I was exposed to linux in a class back in 1998, installed a dual boot that autumn, and formatted the windows partition in Jan 1999. I sometimes play with other distros but stick with Fedora (10) and gnome. Xfce is nice as well. I don't use digital anything, so I can't comment on software issues.
  15. steelneck
    Just saying hello since i just joined this group, i am a fresh member on apug.

    I use Slackware since what feels like forever.. well, since 8.2, that is 2002. Before that i used Mandrake for a year or so. I have about 10 years of Linux-experience (windows where completely out 2003).
  16. phenix
    Just want to say hello. I never used Linux, but I will soon, as I started to increasingly and irrevocably hate the way Windows evolves. The point of no return is very close. Mac-OS, on the other hand, is not an option either, since I recently experienced the installation procedure of an iPod, and was raged at the point I was close to destroy it physically, when I got a better idea and, after calming down, brought it back to the store and got my money back. Now, I will try first an older Linux on one of my old laptops, see what it gives. I’m looking for the moment, for something equivalent in exploitation to W95/98. Something simple, clean and friendly, if such exists. I would gladly take your recommendations for a PII-300, 64Mb, 3.6Gb (really old, but worth for try and learn).
  17. steelneck
    @phenix: Do not use "an older Linux", developers do not update their programs without a reason, it could be anything from security updates to normal bugs, new features or hardware drivers. I suggest that you read around at www.distrowatch.org, there you will find loads of info about more than 100 different distributions.

    If you try one of big, Ubuntu, Fedora, Mandriva or SuSe, you will get a highly automated dist that is very easy to install, and i mean very easy if you do not have any exotic hardware. But for a nerd like me, those distributions are not simple, clean and friendly, but for the newbie they are. If you want to get your hands dirty, do everything manually, editing every option there is your self and really learn the unix-way, i would suggest Slackware or one of those sourcecode distrubutions like Gentoo, those dists are KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) simple in the same way as a large format camera. But the learning curve will be _very_ steep for a newbie, though Gentoo have a very good community and a lot of howtos and documentation.

    For your old box a standard installation of one of those big distributions, will be to much. Way to heavy in graphics. But any one of them can be set up much lighter than standard. Linux is just a kernel, a quite small program, Linux itself do not require much, but you cannot use Linux by itself. For the graphics, all distributions use the X-window system (Mac-OS also), then on top of X you have either a desktop environment (for modern computers) or you can settle on a much lighter window manager. I would recommend IceWm that is quite like W-95, IceWm can be used on an old 100mhz i486. Ubuntu has also a version that is called Xubuntu, that one is much more suitable for older computers, and Ubuntu has the largest community to get help from. Just fool around for a while, and do not mix up hard-to-use with lack of knowledge, things are very different "under the hood" in a linux-system compared to windows. Remember that linux can be used in any machine from a wrist-watch to a mainframe super-computer cluster, that is one reason behind a lot systemdesign, it is very adaptable. Anything you want to change, is possible to change, everything is open to those willing to learn and take control, everything.

    So, welcome young Skywalker, may the force be with you.
  18. phenix
    Thank you very much steelneck, I will follow the paths you suggested. But first I just would like to taste a little bit of a small Linux running from a USB drive – I just downloaded today DSL, Puppy and Slax, and will try them soon. Want to get first the simplest idea of what it is. I never did see a computer running Linux, nor could I persuade any of my friends to try one on their older computers, so I just have to start from the scratch. And I’m not a programmer, nor a computer fan – I can understand them very well, but don’t like this job.
    Well, after this first step, I hope I will be ready to install on the hard drive one of the distros you suggested. Thanks again.

    Added the next day (Nov. 30, or Dec. 1st being after midnight):
    Two DSL cracked my W98 before completely installing, and the Puppy refused to start. All were bootable versions under W from a USB flash (my oldie does not allow bios USB booting). Unfortunately, not a glorious first contact with Linux.
  19. steelneck
    @phenix: I think you just made a mistake, those distributions you mentioned are hardly meant for a beginner. Do not mix up "small and simple" with easy to use without knowledge. To compare with cameras, a large format or box-camera is simple but it is at the same time as far from the "green rectangle" you ever get, what you just did can be compared to a camera newbie who never has used even a SLR, now trying to make a doubble exposure with a large format field camera..

    I suggest that you download Xubuntu, or the ordinary Ubuntu, burn it to a CD and then boot from that, it is a "live CD". When you boot from that you will have a working OS with all the bells and whistles running from memmory and CD, nothing installed or touched on your hard drive. In that environment you can play around as you wish, but it will be quite slow running from the CD. Then when you decide to install, it will take care of partitioning and all those things for you, automaticly set up dualboot to keep windows around too. Neither of those dists you downloaded will do such things for you.
  20. phenix
    Thanks steelneck,

    You’re right: small and simple are different things. I just wanted to get the flavor of Linux before going definitely for it, but you’re right, it could have been to spicy for a beginner like me. So, I’ll try soon the live-CD alternative you recommended, and will be back with my impressions.

    Happy New Year to all of you!
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