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[3]: Excellent article
by archiesteel on Wed 7th Mar 2007 23:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Excellent article"
archiesteel
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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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RE[4]: Excellent article
by dylansmrjones on Thu 8th Mar 2007 09:36 in reply to "RE[3]: Excellent article"
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2005-10-02

Aaaah... Scribus is very mature actually. It's a bit cumbersome in the beginning until you get the hang of the interface, but the same is true for Gimp.

Scribus is however a completely different type of application (DTP) and Gimp is a bitmap image editor.

As a DTP-application Scribus is really good. And light years ahead of MS Publisher - especially in regard to usage of open standards. I use Scribus to create magazines for printing. Print to pdf (specification 1.4) - remember to embed the fonts - and send the file to a printing service. Digital printing is fine for small quantities - if large quantities go with offset printing.

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RE[5]: Excellent article
by archiesteel on Thu 8th Mar 2007 14:29 in reply to "RE[4]: Excellent article"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Aaaah... Scribus is very mature actually. It's a bit cumbersome in the beginning until you get the hang of the interface, but the same is true for Gimp.

Scribus is however a completely different type of application (DTP) and Gimp is a bitmap image editor.


Yes, I know, please re-read my original post.

Basically, what I'm saying is that Gimp is more mature as a Photoshop replacement than Scribus is as a InDesign replacement. Not much more, but a little bit (it's been around longer).

As a DTP-application Scribus is really good. And light years ahead of MS Publisher

Yes, I agree - although it's not that hard to be better than that abomination called Publisher...

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