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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Quote: "I think it's possible to install KDE afterwards and switch to it then. Can someone confirm?

Oh, it is. The thing is that most people will simply stick with the default desktop environment - Gnome. What Ubuntu has done is nothing more than favouritism. I also don't agree with distributions like Mepis shipping with KDE. I think these types of distributions do a disservice to GNU/Linux by not offering both major desktop environments and letting the user choose.

Quote: "As it has mentioned before, just write a letter to the vendors of these software products. Tell them you paid some money to them, but their programs do not work in Linux properly."

Already tried this, I'm sorry, but 2% of the population isn't a big enough warcry for these corporations to hear us. They're responsible to their shareholders to maintain and increase profits, spending money developing software that only a very small percentage will use is not financially viable in their eyes I suspect. I wish it was different, but alas...

Quote: "BTW, I'm a photographic enthusiast myself and I never found any reason to use one of the products you mentioned. There are very capable alternatives available, just try them and see how you can work with them. Remember, even the Gimp's interface has improved and is ready for Joe Q. Sixpack."

I guess it really depends on what you want to do. Since you're shooting film, something like Capture One Pro wouldn't be much good to you (since it's used to process RAW files). Same with DPP. Neat Image and Photoshop could be used by film shooters of course.

Quote: "There are standard specifications that Canon could have used, but they simply didn't, because they don't care."

Please do your homework first. Canon's 1D uses FireWire - that's the ieee1394 *standard*. They chose that at the time, because USB 2 wasn't ratified by the ISO. There's an official Canon interview somewhere that explains it.

Quote: "But if Canon decides to be proprietary, I won't buy this product."

Unfortunately, competitor's products do not meet my photographical needs. They come first.

Quote: "Inform developers that are able to. How does someone who you would call "elitist" to write a driver for your camera? He even would not use it, so why should he do such work?"

That is indeed true. But, given that, then I'm quite free to bag the gphoto project for not supporting a *major* camera. Sure, they don't have to, but I don't have to say that their project is any good either, based on my needs/requirements. Sure, I could use a memory card reader, but the point is that I *shouldn't have to*.

Quote: "I for myself own a Canon EOS-50 (without D) because digital SLR's quality is not worth the money at the moment. Letting a photo CD being made is possible as well, and is enough for my needs at the moment."

I beg to differ. Digital has surpassed film in critical areas now in all honesty. And I've shot film for near 20 years. I was very late to convert to digital, in fact I bought my first digital SLR in January 2006. The new 1D Mark III has noise at ISO 3200 that is probably better than film grain at ISO 800. That is a MASSIVE improvement. Even my 5 year old 1D has better noise than the eqivalent film speed, and the 1D is reknowned for being very noisy.


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