Here is my story.
I have been a longtime mac user, and general apple fan for many years, i had tried ubuntu many years ago but found the learning curve too steep. About 18months ago my aging G5 mac died!
So i built a hackintosh. Which worked great and enabled me to use my much beloved iTunes, iPhoto, Aperture, Photoshop etc. But the hack started to annoy me updates were a massive deal taking hours of research to see how to do it. Though the help over at Tonymacx86 is great. So a few weeks ago i tried Ubuntu 12.04. Which was just wow so much better than the Ububtu i tried years ago.
This got me thinking could i really change from Apple - a company which i once loved who i was getting more frustrated with. no PPC support, dot mac ruined into mobile me, and that runnier into icloud, they try and force you to buy new hardware and the latest software too. But i would never go to the darkside, so there was one option Linux. but what about 'my' core apps.
This list was basically as follows,
iTunes- very important must work with andorid too hopefully better than itunes acutely does.
iPhoto- i have a large iphoto library which i would like to keep and not to re-catalogue.
Aperture- after many years at college studying photography i rarely take pics these days but i do like aperture and use it sometimes. (i need a Raw workflow)
Chrome- love or hate google but chrome is great love how it syncs and the whole syncing with android is great too
Photoshop- i hate it its an awful program but i use it for work and having a copy at home can be useful.
So thats what i needed.
I tried out Ubuntu, which was nice. I really liked several features one being the new software centre, very apple app store and some of the apps i wanted to replace seemed to have good alternatives. There was a niggle tho, unity annoyed me and then i would get these crashes that closed all apps and the login screen would appear. This turned out to be a graphics card issue. I played around with various settings but got bored.... i like to tinker, but i like an OS to just work- hence the fear of the darkside.
i was on the verge of going back to OSX and indeed that became my default OS for a few more weeks. I came across mint, but damn its 800mb... and i didnt have any DVDs at home. So again i went back to OSX watching videos of mint on youtube! yes i am THAT cool.
Finally i installed Mint 13 64bit Cinamon!
First thoughts. This is kinda like windows... Yuck-lol
Second thoughts this actually looks great.
Fianly thought, Can this replace OSX?
More to come.