Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 17th Mar 2007 00:26 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn's latest test beta --for the first time ever-- this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.
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I am a serious photographer (with exhibited work) so I cannot help but comment on the claim that GNU Linux is not useful for serious photographers. Professional photographic workflow software exists that runs on GNU Linux, e.g. Bibble Pro, but there are also others. I use Ubuntu to take RAW files off my camera, categorize by date and immediately backup to multiple hard drives (using python scripts I have written myself), Bibble Pro to convert the RAW files into 16 bit TIFFs, and then I use Photoshop CS2 to convert those TIFFs to jpegs in a variety of sizes. I run Photoshop in VMware or under dual boot. I agree that Photoshop is currently superior to the Gimp for photographers for a number of compelling reasons, but I would say they are related to features rather than the user interface. The UI of both programs have their pluses and minuses.

I am also a student currently doing my MA, and here too while I use Ubuntu all the time (I'm using it now), there is specialized software that only runs under Windows (or Mac) that makes the life of a student far easier. Endnote is one of these programs (bibliographic management). While I have high hopes for Zotero, Endnote is a great time saver, again for a number of compelling reasons. Dragon NaturallySpeaking (voice recognition, Windows only) can also be extremely useful for producing papers. Fortunately VMware player does the trick in this situation, meaning I can run Ubuntu while at the same time having access to Endnote and NaturallySpeaking.

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