Skip to comments.Suse Linux 11.3 64 bit r0x0rs! (Vanity)
Posted on 10/01/2010 1:50:14 AM PDT by Ancient Drive
I just dumped Windows 7 and went with Linux. I got it all configured for multimedia and other good bits. Man exciting! Watching movies, youtube etc... no worries about viruses. Thank the open source community! It's a very beautiful OS, very clean and functional none of the bloatware and all of the eye candy. woooohooo!
That’s great if all you do is surf the web.
Not so good if you need to use professional software.
yeah all I do is surfing, multimedia, and social networking so it is perfect!
I do audio and Photoshop, so it’s a no go for me.
I’d love to go Linux though, if all my hardware and software supported it.
have you tried the Gimp? it is similar to photoshop. I use it for family albums and such.
How hard is it to find drivers? I have an old eMachine that I’d like to convert to Linux but I’ve never done it before.
I had my hard drive partitioned. Windows on one side, LINUX on the other. I have full capability without the BS.
Linux for 3 years now. I did have a dual boot with XP but now I run XP in a virtualbox for the 2 apps that I cannot get running in Linux.
Thanks to Crossover I even have my work apps - Office 2003 and Outlook - running under Linux. It rocks!
An old eMachine is likely to work fine with no additional drivers needed.
Suse has good hardware detection and very user friendly installation interface.
Linux (ubuntu) for nearly a year. My only downside is some video sites don’t play well with it and a few don’t work at all. The help forums aren’t very helpful to beginners and I don’t have the time/patience to sit down and learn all the lingo. I’ll put up with the minor inconvenience in exchange for not worrying about malware.
Congrats on joining us on the dark side! Try not to become as annoying as the Apple jihadis. ;)
yeah there is 2 varieties of techs out there. those who help people and those who consolidate their power.
IMO the perfect middle ground is MacOS X. Plenty of first-tier commercial software is available, and if you really need to run a Windows app the VMs are now quite good.
As the old saying goes, “Linux is free if your time is worth nothing.”
(That said I do like Linux and intend to set up a Linux box again as a server...)
> Not so good if you need to use professional software.
If your system hardware has the horsepower, install Linux and create a virtual machine running Windows as a guest OS. You will have all the benefits of being virtually virus-free, doing all your surfing and social networking from the Linux host, and pusruing your professional software activites on the Windows guest.
Absolute best of both worlds.
2 GHz CPU with 4 GB memory ought to be good enough for starters.
Of course, more is better.
I’m more concerned about my audio stuff.
Proaudio digital audio interfaces (expen$ive soundcards to the layman) need special drivers and very few if any support linux.
And there is very limited audio software on Linux.
There is a host or two, but almost zero VST plugin support, so it is just impossible.
And ther is no way I could run a Windows virtual machine on top of Linux, because I need ultra low latency and no excess processor overhead.
I’m already running a quadcore i7 and 6gb of RAM in Windows 7 x64, and I could always use more power!
It's not my area, but my understanding is that quite a few audio pros are using Macs these days.
Pro Audio Solutions seems to have quite a selection of stuff...
> And ther is no way I could run a Windows virtual machine on top of Linux,
I think you would be amazed.
If you’re running quadcore i7, it already has CPU-level optimizations for virtualization. All you need is to be sure the CPU virtualization support is enabled in the BIOS, and you’re good to go!
If you like, you can try it the other way around for now.
Enable the virtualization support in your CPUs.
Install a Linux guest. You can use Sun VirtualBox, though not the most effective, one of the most easy to use VM interfaces.
Run a movie on the Linux guest while working on your Windows host. That should be a decent test of whether virtualization will work for you.
If it doesn’t work out, delete the Linux VM, uninstall VirtualBox, and you’re none the worse for the wear.
Gimp 2.2 is better than Photoshop and I like it better than Creative Suite (huge resource hog because of "bridge").
If you are a happy Windows user and work with graphics, do not overlook opensource software. For batch processing of images Imagemagick is amazing. I used it to create and maintain web images for years. At one point I did this for about 80,000 items.
Yes, there are a few holes in applications available. Largely CAD and publishing programs like Quark. Although Scribus is making great headway and is also available for Windows.
I have used Linux for over 10 years and love it.
>How hard is it to find drivers? I have an old eMachine that Id like to convert to Linux but Ive never done it before.
If you want to try Linux, download one of the Ubuntu “Live CD” iso files, burn it to a CD and then pop it in your machine.
You will be up and running in Ubuntu Linux without touching anything on your current system. This is a really nice way to check out whether your drivers and hardware are supported without making the full commitment. If you like it, there should be an icon on the Ubuntu desktop that lets you do the full or dual-boot install.
I've installed and tried out just about all of the other major Linux versions on my motley collection of ex-office computers, and openSuse gets my vote as the best all around choice. Other "spare" clunker computers here have Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, etc, on them but openSuse is what's on the best 4 computers.
I have a Windows XP Home computer but don't even turn it on very often. There's a few things that some Windows software packages do better than the equivalent Linux packages, but not very many.
I don't have to bother with software firewalls and antivirus programs with Linux, where ALL my Windows boxes have been taken down and required a complete re-install at least once.
Don’t know Crossover. Sounds great.
Yeah, lots of audio on Mac.
It used to be the primary OS for audio.
That’s changed quite a bit over the years.
I’ve been doing audio on Windows for almost 15 years, which was pretty much its infancy.
I really hate the Apple Cult, though I am posting from my iPhone.
I wouldn’t want another Apple product. Owning one is more than enough.
whoa dude.. I have the same config. quadcore cpu 2.8 ghz 4 gb ram with a one terabyt hd!it is beautiful! lol
Welcome to Linux. Still a newbie myself and love it.
It's incredible to me how much power/capacity you can buy these days very cheaply compared to earlier times. I remember $800 Atari 800 computers and $5000 first-generation IBM PC's with a 5MHz 8088 and 64K of ram.
Linux actually supports more hardware than does Windows, although this might have changed with Windows 7.
Perhaps the best way to determine if your computer can support Linux is to get a Live CD of your preferred Linux distribution, and run it before you attempt an installation. True, it will run slower, but at least you'll get an idea how the system would run, and what difficulties if any you may run into.
Thanks to you and the others who answered my question.
yum install gimp audacity
very nice. my kind of theme. how did you do it?
Easy, Just used the following settings and set my taskbar to center. Added the widgets I want.
The Splash screen fits into the same blue glow mood. All of the theme/styles are available on the online update option of the settings tool. The widgets adopt the same theme as the desktop.
I tend to agree with you regarding audio and MIDI on a PC.
The only opensource options that can work in Linux are Jack http://jackaudio.org/ and downloading and compiling a Real Time Kernel - the Ingo Molnar PREEMPT patched real-time kernel (for more information about the real-time kernel, take a look at the RTWiki FAQ https://rt.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Frequently_Asked_Questions ). This helps to reduce the amount of latency, which is extremely beneficial for audio work. The low levels of latency that can be achieved in Linux with the real-time kernel can also surpass those available under Windows and Mac.
When they say “can also surpass” they are being modest... you will reduce latency by 50% or more against a stripped down audio-workstation specific windows 7 installation on the same hardware.
I do like that. Thanks
“I really hate the Apple Cult, though I am posting from my iPhone.”
No cultists are very appealing, IMO. They come in flavors for all computer environments and hardware.
“I wouldnt want another Apple product. Owning one is more than enough.”
I see that as cutting off your nose to spite your face, myself. Modern Macs are sweet! Most versatile computers around...
As long as you’re into separate hard drives for two different operating systems, if you computer is newer that 4 or 5 years old, then just leave both HDs in the PC and use the BIOS boot order to select which one is first in the boot order.
That looks pretty clean I remember having 20 and 30 icons under Windows 3.1.
Bought CS5 earlier this year and I absolutely hate Adobe's pricing and licensing schemes.
Well, I use both Linux and Windows heavily. Some of the best apps that I used at my last job were open source ported for Windows. Gimp 2.2, ImageMagic, ghostscript, PDFtk, Scibus, Gnumeric, and Grep for Windows.
I honestly like Gimp 2.2 better than Photoshop & Illustrator from CS2. I used it every day for many years.
I used ImageMagic to batch process images for the company website. It is an amazing app. Command line, but very very fast. At one point I created over 80,000 images with it plus the matching thumbnails. It worked flawlessly.
I used Grep (for Windows) to extract sequence intelligence from previous work. Used PDFtk to unzip the .pdf of the previous work and opened it in Notepad++ editor and did a little pre-conditioning and used Grep to extract the sequencing information from the last publishing. (the catalog I maintained was 3,000 pages long, excluding the indexes)
Gnumeric spreadsheet will do RegEx find/replace and is one of the most powerful spreadsheets I have used. It also will make excellent HTML tables directly from the spreadsheet. It will not do everything Excel will do, but there are things that Excel will not do that Gnumeric will. I needed both.
Don't look down your nose on Open Source software and Linux. I have used Linux for over 10 years and truly love it.
Yep, and the system load due to "bridge" is huge. Talk about software bloat. And it infuriated me that you had to open some images in Illustrator because Photoshop would not work. With Gimp 2.2 (plus ghostscript) you could do it all in one app.
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