Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Dec 2009 20:21 UTC, submitted by OSGuy
Hardware, Embedded Systems Earlier this month, Psystar suspended all sales of its hardware products, honouring the court's decision which favoured Apple. This week, Psystar has also temporarily halted sales of Rebel EFI while the former clone maker confirms the tool's legality with the court. Psystar also announced it will continue hardware sales in the coming days - with Linux rather than Mac OS X.
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MobyTurbo
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2005-07-08

"What I believe hurts Linux the most is lack of applications people want to use.

What applications does Linux lack?
"Photoshop (don't tell me GIMP is a good substitute) is just one example of a commercial niche application that isn't available on Linux. Games are another example, though OS X is a little lacking in that department too (though several big titles are available.)

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tupp Member since:
2006-11-12

Photoshop (don't tell me GIMP is a good substitute) is just one example of a commercial niche application that isn't available on Linux.

I certainly won't tell you that GIMP is a good substitute for Photoshop, because GIMP is better than Photoshop.

It is so much easier to use. I can't tell you how many times I have been able to to accomplish things in GIMP, that my professional photographer friends couldn't do in Photoshop. Recently, a friend of mine (who is a pro with probably eight years Photoshop experience) could not figure out how to separately extract the images in an animated gif, so he emailed it to me. I had never done it before, but, using GIMP, I was emailing him the separate images within ten minutes of when I received the gif.

Furthermore, the GIMP is open source, so I can fork it off into new editor if I desire, such as Cinepaint. Cinepaint has had 32-bit color depth for many years and 48-bit color depth is a possibility in its future. Photoshop hasn't had 32-bit color depth until recently.

The open source nature of GIMP and Cinepaint is the main reason why the major film studios and major animation houses use Cinepaint, not Photoshop. Not only is the development a lot faster (having 32-bit color depth years before Photoshop) but they can (and do) accelerate the app's development if they need a feature.

Post production techniques are constantly developing at a rapid pace, and every minute of the average theatrical feature film costs about one million dollars to make. With that kind of money involved in every detail and with competitors writing their own image manipulation code, do you think that the studios are going to settle for the stock features of off-the-shelf Photoshop? They need an image editor that they can develop in-house to their advantage. This advantage is why Cinepaint is so much more attractive to the studios than Photoshop.

Furthermore, I can use the latest version of GIMP/Cinepaint compiled for 64-bit. Try that on a Mac with Photoshop! ;)

In addition, there are several other image editors that can be used natively in Linux.


Games are another example, though OS X is a little lacking in that department too (though several big titles are available.)

You are probably correct that Windows probably has more big game titles than Linux and Mac, but I am uninformed in that regard, because I don't play games.

What else?...

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