Hi Guys, Hi Clem, Hi Husse and all my fellow Mint users,
So here I am still using Mint 6 (x64) and enjoying it always, however (and I had this with other people I have brought to Linux and Mint recently). I have been for the record, using some flavor of Linux for some time (SUSE, Debian, Mint and so on) but I hate to have dependency on M$ Windows (any Flavor). Why?, well (and this talk features frequently in our household) I create Artwork, Compose music and make Videos (and much..much more!). I use a variety of Programs from Sony and other Brand names to achieve my results. (Acid, Photoshop, Studio, Vegas and so on..). My argument has always been if a team got together and revamped Gimp (Gimp is nice, but the GUI and multiple screens is a pain) do something for us Music types (Reaper, Acid, Cakewalk etc..) that doesn't require Farting around with JACK and all that. What would in my humble opinion would knock M$ off it's perch is exactly that easy to use, direct tools. (yes I know the theory of Linux, Open Source and all that too) I understand that money talks, money (sadly) makes things happen. Coders way back in the C64/Amiga/AtariST days (yes, I come from that ear) released programs like Electro Sound 64, Soundtracker, Noisetracker, Protracker and a whole multitude of similar programs (life was good!) why can't the same be for Linux, sure there is an abundance of software for the taking and using, sure there is diversity but until Linux has the Definitive Audio, Graphic and Video Tool it will forever be an uphill battle.
Yes, I have done the Virtual Windows-in-my-Linux and sure WINE, for a few applications is good, but it is still emulation (even on a Quad Phenom it can't run Acid smoothly..). Gimp could be so much more than it is, it tries and for the best part it does what it does good. I know, you'll cry of course money would make things happen, people need to eat and drink.
- I understand this, I do (coming from coding C64 games..I know, I really do) but for us 'Artists' be if Graphic, Visual, Audio or all three, the choice is not the best thus, dependency on M$. I hear so-called Tech-Gods (recently!) say "Oh Linux, er, ummm, yeah.. it could do that". Promoting Mint/Linux is one thing, I would wear a T-shirt 24/7 (well, I mean, except when I sleep ..hehe) promoting Mint and I have enlightened many and brought them to the Mint Stable, to name a few, one is a Graphic Artist (Stuck in Adobe land..), one is a PHP coder (so he's happy Mint can do, what he needs) and others do Video work.
Look at it this way, for M$ think 'Music' and you Get Sony, Cakewalk, Magix and more. Let's say "Graphics" and for M$ you get Adobe, and Photoshop variants (Lots!) and a lot of money being paid (Update->upgrade->Update THE upgrade and so on). For Video work there's Pinnacle Studio, Vegas and more..
What needs to change is the same kind of response for Linux. I hate M$ and no, I am not Young or wet-behind-the-ears this will be my 32nd year involved in all things Computers, so I can guess some of the replies this post will invoke. I hate M$ because of both their Business style and ethics, Because of Bill who thinks he is the self-righteous God of all Software and because the:
-> Oops my System is compromised ('Again')
-> Update that hole and make another one ('Again')
-> Pay more please. ('Again')
-> P.s. You MUST use Internet Explorer because we are a law upon to ourselves when it comes to Browsing the Internet
-> Pay more please.
Why is it that all PC's must have Windows on them by default or more importantly why do I need Windows to do everything. I thought (like the old days) I build my machines, how I like, with what I like and then install any OS I like (Gawd, I miss Beos!) and then when I want to do something Creative I have to go back to Windows, that is what I hate.
Reading Bill's letters from days past, my god he was (is!) a self-righteous-P***k. Look at the letters regarding DOS that he sent to his Buddies...
Maybe hate is too strong a word, I sound like someone on a Warpath ranting and waffling on about this, but I love Linux, I love Mint even more, I just wish (and hope) that one day I can do a Format /U and never go back to M$.. The day when I choose what is on my machine, and I don't have to share it with anyone but myself (By choice or otherwise!)
Linux and Mint have so much potential .. Sure you can build the field, we just need to get people to come to it!.