Is Linux for me?

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  1. CesarRibeiro

    CesarRibeiro New Member

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    Hello, i have used Windows all my life and i dont really have any major issues with it, but it really annoys me when they change for worst with an update (cough* metro u.i. cough*) and i can't do much about it. Basicly i would like to have the control on my computer that i have on my android phone. The problem is i am a heavy user of Adobe products, naming photoshop, after effects, lightroom, premiere and ocasionally flash and also avid's pro tools. My question here is if i can run these programs smoothly like i can on windows.

    I get that Linux is not for everybody and i trust in your experienced opinion to tel me if it is for me.

    Thank you all for your time.

    My laptop is a dell l702x

    Intel core i7 2630qm
    6gb RAM
    Nvidia geforce 555m
    2x 500gb 7200rpm

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  2. arochester

    arochester Well-Known Member

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    Look at http://lifehacker.com/5976725/build-your-own-adobe-creative-suite-with-free-and-cheap-software

    You can use Microsoft Windows AND Linux by dual booting.

    You can try Linux entirely without touching/affecting your Hard Drive - as though it had never been there. Look at http://www.everydaylinuxuser.com/2012/09/5-ways-to-try-linux-without-messing-up.html
  3. GrumpyOldMan

    GrumpyOldMan Active Member

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    You may be able to set up a VM and run the Adobe stuff there. I dunno, you could try it.
  4. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    You may be interested in trying WINE which is a Windows compatibility layer for Linux.
  5. Harikrishnan R

    Harikrishnan R Member

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    I wish I could say otherwise, but there are just some things on a PC that you can't do without windows (not because windows is awesome, but because a large number of people use windows). Photoshop and other adobe editors are not available for linux. Most of the good gaming franchises aren't available in Linux either.
    Sadly, Photoshop doesn't work very well with Wine. There are a good number of problems. Of the many, Photoshop CS4 works best with wine. And there are replacements like GIMP (not as powerful as photoshop). Or you can try a virtual machine.
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  6. SLW210

    SLW210 Member

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    Most of that should run with CROSSOVER. Not free though.

    As far as GIMP goes, it actually does some things better than Photoshop. Really depends on exactly what you need to do.

    I would dual boot, though.
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  7. penguino

    penguino New Member

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    I am using Linux and have found a solution for running photoshop with wine. It is working mostly without bugs, don't know as regards the other applications you mentioned. Gimp which is a photoshop alternative in Linux may has the same functionality more or less, however I tried for a period and still preferred photoshop.

    I'd recommend for you as a first experience with Linux, first of all to choose a distribution that seems visually good to you, and run from a live cd/usb or from virtual machine.

    Which Windows are you running, I actually (as opposed to many) do think that the new Windows 8.1 is not bad and better than 7 and 8
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  8. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Food for thought: If we all grew up using Linux and knew no other system until now, would we be saying the same thing about Windows?

    @Harikrishnan R quote if we lived in an alternate universe where Linux dominated: "There are just some things you cannot do without Linux. Gimp and other graphics software do not work well on Windows. There are replacements like Photoshop (not as powerful as Gimp)." ;):p:D
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  9. Jdmeaux1952

    Jdmeaux1952 New Member

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    If you want to try linux and NOT install it, download and make a LIVE cd/dvd from many of the distros out there.

    I use antiX, which is a lightweight Debian based distro. The .iso you download is burned onto a cd/dvd (or usb flash drive), and you boot up into antiX. Try it out, and if you like it, then you can install it. You can make a dual-boot setup or take the whole hard drive.

    AntiX is a full featured Linux distro that uses a minumal of resources. It will load onto a pre-Y2K PII with 64Mb and 5 Gb hard drive, all the way up to the newest machines, in 32- or 64-bit flavors. It was primarily built for the older machines but the newer ones love it too.

    If you want to see more, go to YouTube and check out run with the dolphin channel on AntiX. And Distrowatch also has a decent write-up on it.
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  10. Mohannad

    Mohannad New Member

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    My advice is to setup a Virtual Machine on your computer, and search for the alternative apps of Adobe. and try to get used to it (it should no be that hard as long as you're already an expert on similar kind of programs on Windows). and then you can decide if it's really for you or not :)
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