Linked by Eugenia Loli on Mon 17th Mar 2003 22:49 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces So many operating systems and so many graphical desktop environments... This article is a comparison of the UI and usability of several Desktop Environments (DEs), that have been widely used, admired and reviled: Windows XP Luna, BeOS 6 (Dano/Zeta), Mac OS X Aqua and Unix's KDE and Gnome. Read on which one got our best score on our long term test and usage.
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Re: Bas
by Ken Lynch on Tue 18th Mar 2003 19:39 UTC

No, Linux runs just Ventura, Gimp, FilmGimp, Blender, Maya, Houdini, Softimage, Mantras, Mainactor and Real3D.
Nothing special here...

Ventura - Not according to Corel's site. As far as I remember Corel pulled the plug on it's Linux support and it's app where slow due to using a WINE layer.

Gimp - It's good, but it's not Photoshop. CMYK support not quite there yet.

Blender - Nowhere near the capabilites needed for pro 3D.

Real3D - Currently beta software on Linux. Buggy as hell on Windows.

MainActor - No Linux version available at the moment according to MainConcept's site.

Leaving FilmGimp (now CinePaint), Houdini, Maya and SoftImage. So OK, there are some products out there (with VERY expensive price tags)

Still nothing to match Dreamweaver MX, Flash MX, Director MX, Adobe Illustrator, Quark, Cakewalk, Cubase.

Even if Linux had some of these apps I still wouldn't move to it as there are the other issues of hardware support and ease of configuration/installation (Linux needs to get rid of the 'dependancy hell'). Yes, Linux is getting better, but it's also getting more fragmented - not all distros support everything in the same way, new distros 'cause someone wants to do things differently, different desktops, different toolkits, different scripting languages - Linux is beginning to look more bloated than Windows in some cases.

At the end of the day, the PC is a tool and I choose what I can get my work done on.