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Linux Fails on applications
by iamkmaniam on Wed 5th Dec 2007 22:49 UTC
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2007-06-04

I recently did a one year GNU/Linux experiment. Linux Failed in the application dept. Although there are thousands of applications in the repository's most are redundant. People talk about how good the GIMP is and I agree it is a good free program, but it does not equal Photoshop, as a semi-pro photographer it is vital that I have Photoshop. With the explosion of digital photography and new printing methods many companies have software used to create books, calendars and post cards that can then be uploaded right to the lab. None of this is available for Linux.

I have young children that also use a computer sadly there are a good amount of plugins that are not available for Linux systems that would enable them to play educational games.

On a more personal level. There are programs that will let me link my IPod however I have found that it is problematic at best, and causes my IPod to freeze regularly a problem that I have not found when syncing my IPod on a Windows XP based machine. As a competitive
cyclist I use a Polar Heart rate monitor, once again no software in Linux is available.

Linux is a stable platform and I had my system running for months at a time with no problems, however without having any applications that fit my needs I look forward to service pack 3 of Windows XP.

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RE: Linux Fails on applications
by lemur2 on Wed 5th Dec 2007 23:10 in reply to "Linux Fails on applications"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

I recently did a one year GNU/Linux experiment. Linux Failed in the application dept.


You listed some failings of Adobe Photoshop and your Polar Heart rate monitor, not of Linux.

Linux is perfectly capable of running both of those applications if the vendors were prepared to port them. Despite the fact that many applications are not ported, and are not cross-platform, many applications for Windows (where the application vendor has not bothered to make a cross-platform application) can nevertheless be run flawlessly under Wine.

There are some vendors who go out of their way to make sure that you cannot run their software on any platform other than Windows. Adobe is one such company (for some of its applications), Autodesk is another, and of course Microsoft is the most famous.

Don't buy their products would be the sensible recommendation. They are deliberately trying to limit YOUR choice of computing platform, after all.

Would you buy a CD that could only be played on Sony equipment? Would you buy a TV that could only receive one broadcaster's signal? Would you buy a telephone handset that could make calls only to other phones on the Bell network?

No? You wouldn't? Then why put up with this sort of nonsense on your PC?

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apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

Well not all of Autodesk's is strictly window. Eventhough the software wasn't originally developed by them Maya runs fine on all three OS's MacOSX, Linux and windows. Because of this that particular software has almost become the defacto 3D package in the industry, it is installed everywhere and therefore used everywhere. name a movie that you saw and chances are the Maya was used on it. Adobe is a rare one, they support tow platforms but the big effects houses in the industry usually have a linux based pipeline, yet adobe which is used heavily in production is still not available for Linux. Rhythm and Hues (Chronicles of Narnia, etc) for example extended gimp to support common cinema color spaces and formats, yet the gimp team decided not use the additions added by the the film industry and instead now have the mess that they do. The work was already half done, why they didn;t use it is beyond me. Adobe can be replaced, its just a matter of producing a better alternative and if its open the better. The issue is that right now we don;t have a better alternative and Adobe is entrenched deep into all sorts of multimedia production pipeline. Apparently the rumor is that Adobe is looking to cjhange their gui and toolkit with the next release, due to Apple's soon to be deprecation of carbon and if Adobe were to pick or write a toolkit that was trully cross-platform then we all win.

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