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Re: The more comfortable I get with Linux...

  • Subject: Re: The more comfortable I get with Linux...
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 15:50:51 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.linux
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ Jimchip ] on Thursday 18 May 2006 01:56 \__

> On 2006-05-17, ray <ray@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Wed, 17 May 2006 19:38:56 -0400, Walterius wrote:
>>> ...The more willing I am to use it most of the time, but not all of the
>>> time.
>>> Linux cannot run Photoshop and PhotoDraw and many of my other favorite
>>> toys, and they have no comparable OSS alternatives that are as full
>>> featured as they are.

See my comments below, but if the transition proves to be difficult, use
CrossOver Office, Win4Lin, Wine or whichever other project/product (if not
dual-boot) suits you best. You must /invest/ in this transition, time-wise.

>> Curious. I find that GIMP meets my needs.
> GIMP is sorta hard to learn but part of the idea is that it does require
> some committment. One has to decide to need to accomplish the task within
> Linux and not stick with "Favorite toys". That's not directed at you, ray,
> but since you mentioned GIMP...it meets my needs also but it needs to grow
> on one...100x more powerful in many ways but it doesn't even look like
> "Adobe anything".

I have used Photoshop for several years as a teenager. I have used Paintshop
for years, as well. I even played about with Corel Draw at the University
(equivalent of Inkscape on Linux or even Xara extreme which was recently
GPL'd). I currently use the GIMP exclusively and I produce better graphics
than I ever did before. This has gone on for years and I improve all the

The GIMP requires some adaptation time. The GUI is _different_, not inferior.
When you master it (much like KDE), it helps you work more efficiently than
with the rusty tools you once used and took for granted. The GIMP UI has got
it _right_, not wrong! If you don't want to adapt, download GIMPShop (it's a

>>> I have no doubt that Linux will eventually catch and overtake Windows,
>>> simply because it is a much better idea. But the time is not, IMO, yet.

I disagree. What about all the stuff you can never have with Windows? As a
Linux user, I cannot migrate to Windows because there is too much to be
lost. I could not find that Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols article in
DesktopLinux.com, which explains the hard journey of a Linux user in the
Windows world, who is being demoted to a "kid with crayons" (paint.exe) and
loses scriptability and power altogther. All I could find after a cursory
search was this:


Best wishes,


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