Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:05 UTC, submitted by Luis
Linux Complaining about Windows Vista is a national past time on Internet forums these days. Windows Vista 'costs too much', 'has onerous product activation', 'requires too much hardware', etc. These complaints are often followed up by a very simple boast: 'I'm just going to switch to Linux'. But in today's landscape, how viable is that statment? Is the threat to switch to Linux an empty one, or is it entirely possible?"
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RE: Excellent article
by archiesteel on Wed 7th Mar 2007 22:38 UTC in reply to "Excellent article"
archiesteel
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2005-07-02

X configuration requires you to mess about with a config file.

Correction: X configuration *may* require you to mess with the config file. On my Kubuntu Desktop (NVIDIA) and Laptop (Ati) I didn't have to edit xorg.conf at all with Edgy. However, YMMV and this is still (unfortunately) a valid criticism with some hardware setups.

Photoshop isn't available for Linux.

Yes and no. It runs pretty good under Wine. Illustrator and InDesign, however, do not. There are OSS alternatives to these, but they are not as mature as, say, Gimp, which despite what many will say *is* a good alternative to PS.

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RE[2]: Excellent article
by knightrider on Wed 7th Mar 2007 22:53 in reply to "RE: Excellent article"
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2006-12-11

Gimp replaces Photoshop, Inkscape replaces Illustrator and Coreldraw. Xara Extreme will quite possibly replace them all. http://xaralx.org/

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RE[3]: Excellent article
by archiesteel on Wed 7th Mar 2007 23:12 in reply to "RE[2]: Excellent article"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Yes, notice how I said that other OSS alternatives were not as mature as Gimp...Inkscape and Scribus are very good, but don't compare to Gimp in terms of maturity.

I hadn't heard about Xara Extreme...thanks for the link, that looks *very* promising (though it's not a bitmap graphic editor like Gimp/PS, it could be a worthy competitor to Illustrator).

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