Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 13:33 UTC, submitted by alcibiades
Linux "I'm an art professor, and last semester I embarked on an exciting new adventure by erasing Mac OS X from nearly all of the Macintoshes in our digital media lab and installing Ubuntu in its place. I began seriously planning this change last school year, when I realized how fully the current feature sets of free software programs could satisfy the technical needs of the students in my classes. I decided that the time had come to teach our undergraduate art students about free software programs such as the GIMP, Scribus, and Quanta Plus, instead of proprietary programs such as Photoshop, QuarkXpress, and Dreamweaver."
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Maybe a bit agressive
by corwin on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 14:08 UTC
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I agree that students should learn the free software tools, but they also need to learn the tools used in most of the industry today. So, I agree that they should learn GIMP, Scribus, However, you COULD have installed those all on Mac OS X (they are supported - look at fink or darwinpackages for example - or a native build).

So, I think a better approach would be to leave Mac OS X, install the freeware, and the commercial. Teach them both. Software is just a tool - it's always good to learn as many tools as possible.

Remember - Mac OS X is *nix underneath (FreeBSD, basically).

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RE: Maybe a bit agressive
by macisaac on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 15:48 in reply to "Maybe a bit agressive"
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"Remember - Mac OS X is *nix underneath (FreeBSD, basically)."

no, not really, or at least not more than say Plan9 would be. as someone who's used osx (have a powerbook) and linux/solaris extensively (am an admin), osx is not unix... it uses some of the freebsd toolset, but that's about it. it doesn't share it's kernel, and the part most people are familiar with, aqua et al., is apple proprietary and closed. even when you open a terminal and do an ls -Fl / you'll see how very different the layout is from most *nixes.

as to loading on the free stuff onto OSX, have you tried this? ie running X11 and running programs on top of it installed via fink or darwinports or some such. it bites.

personally since I'm a free software (mostly) zealot, I've been strongly considering lately to load on some linux distro ontop of that pbook of mine.

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RE: Maybe a bit agressive
by archiesteel on Thu 23rd Mar 2006 17:16 in reply to "Maybe a bit agressive"
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Good point, there's nothing wrong against learning both.

The fact that most posters here seem to ignore is that it's not the UI that students learn, it's procedures and techniques. These techniques can be carried out in either Photoshop or Gimp, and it only takes a small adjustment period to use different GUIs.

This is just like someone who's used to 3DSMax and must learn Maya. There will be a learning curve, for sure, but the modeling and/or animation techniques he learned on one software will still apply to another.

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