Best linux distro for Flash Designer.

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  1. Ignacio Lagos Ruiz

    Ignacio Lagos Ruiz New Member

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    Hi All! Hope this thread finds you well :)
    First of all, thank you for taking the time entering this post and helping me choose wich linux distro suits better for my Notebook.

    First, let me tell you that i can't work without the Adobe CS Tools. Flash being the most needed one, but also i work with Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver.


    I hate windows and want to switch to Linux (i've already tried it several times and love it), but i don't know wich linux distro to choose.

    Here i'm attaching my hardware specs and hopefully i can run a VM or something like that to run the adobe cs, and work seamlessly between linux and windows apps? :) Please let me know!

    Processor: Intel Core i5-2450M @ 2.50Ghz x64
    RAM:
    4GB
    VGA: Intel HD Graphics 3000 (onboard)

    Thank you!!!
    Cheers,
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2014
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    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Even when using WINE (http://www.linux.org/threads/installing-and-configuring-windows-emulator-wine.4368/), some Adobe products do not work well. However, other choices exist.

    1. Stick with Windows

    2. Use a virtual machine (http://www.linux.org/threads/an-introduction-to-oracles-virtual-box-vbox.5018/).

    3. Dual-boot - have both GNU/Linux and Windows installed on the bare hardware.

    4. Use GNU/Linux on a LiveCD

    5. Install GNU/Linux on an external hard-drive or memory card.

    Let me know which interests you and we can discuss this further.
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  3. Ignacio Lagos Ruiz

    Ignacio Lagos Ruiz New Member

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    Hi Devyn! Thanks for your reply.
    Yeah, I wasn't very much convinced that linux could run Adobe soft... :(

    I would like to know more on the VM and on the DUAL Boot. But, would my laptop support it? And more importantly. Can i switch seamlessly between OS?

    thank you!!
    cheers,
  4. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    How large is your hard-drive? How many partitions?

    In dual-booting, to switch from one OS to the other, you must reboot the system. With a virtual machine, it is like switching between programs.

    This article explains how to set up a virtual machine (http://www.linux.org/threads/an-introduction-to-oracles-virtual-box-vbox.5018/). You may want to look at that article to get an idea if that is something you want.

    To dual-boot, you must have at least two, but preferably four, partitions. This means you will need to use Gparted on a live CD to make the partitions while keeping Window's data safe (easy, but risks exist).

    The advantages of dual booting is better performance of each system. In a virtual machine (VM), the guest (the OS in the VM) would not be as fast as it would be on bare hardware and both operating systems share the CPU and memory.

    In using a VM, you are not risking the lose of your data like you will when making a partition for dual-booting. In general, converting a single partition to many is safe, but the risk of data lose still exists.

    With a VM, you can switch seamlessly, but with dual-booting, you must restart.

    In either case, files and the clipboard are shared (if you want, but not required).

    Any more questions, concerns, etc.?

    If you decide to use a VM, I would recommend you read about how one is setup. If you dual-boot, you should make a backup of your data, just in case.
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    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Just a heads up, a future option is using Steam streaming.

    Have a windows box sitting in a closet and a Linux box for your desktop. ;) Still in high development though.

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