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Sell me

Postby IAmTheMovement on Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:35 am

I will give you my history in the world of pc. I am a major windows guy, I love the stripped version with only what i want on it making a virus prone powerhouse. I recently got myself an EEE and got rid of my desktop. My EEE was great but a virus killed it. I put Fedora 10 on it and that is where im at.

What im looking for is speed, graphic design (photoshop i.e.) something that looks good. something that is easy for a windows "guru" to get a grasp on.

plus a nice community would be great.

I am fully prepared to buy a usb dvd drive to get this installed, but, i dont know if this is good

fedora was supposed to be good but it took me a month to get sound and mp3 capability

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Re: Sell me

Postby DataMan on Thu Jan 01, 2009 7:50 am

Welcome to Mint and Linux.

Have you reviewed the spec's on Mint? You should find most of your answers there.

As a matter of convenience, you will find Mint complete with most of the codec's to do most multi-media things. As a Windows user, you may find the KDE version a bit easier on the transition to Linux as it has a more familiar user interface.

With respect to the H/W, you do not have to get a new H/D if you have adequate space on your existing H/D. Most of us are dual (or more) booting without going through the expense (and trouble) of acquiring new hard drives.

With respect to the apps, you will find the Linux environment very rich in solid apps. For most things, you will find a Linux equivalent that is as good as, or better than the Windows version. For example, we have GIMP which is an equivalent (or better) app than Photo Shop (at $0.00 USD). There are also options to run Windows apps in a quasi-Windows environment with Wine etc.

In summary, you will find the Linux experience to be a very positive thing if you are willing to extend a little bit of effort to come up to speed in it and also to realize that Linux is not Windows. Finally, the user community here and with other distro's is outstanding with a large group of people ready to help you out as needed.

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Re: Sell me

Postby Linux n00b on Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:10 am

Not sure what sort of work you do with photoshop, but if you are pro and do it for living, then you will have to stay with windows (or Mac). GIMP is not photoshop yet as far as I aware.
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Re: Sell me

Postby belovedmonster on Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:32 am

Linux n00b wrote:Not sure what sort of work you do with photoshop, but if you are pro and do it for living, then you will have to stay with windows (or Mac). GIMP is not photoshop yet as far as I aware.


If he was a pro photoshop user he wouldn't be doing work on a netbook. :wink:
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Re: Sell me

Postby IAmTheMovement on Thu Jan 01, 2009 9:11 pm

belovedmonster wrote:
Linux n00b wrote:Not sure what sort of work you do with photoshop, but if you are pro and do it for living, then you will have to stay with windows (or Mac). GIMP is not photoshop yet as far as I aware.


If he was a pro photoshop user he wouldn't be doing work on a netbook. :wink:

True that.

I checked out the specs and I am sold. I will just have to get used to the gimp. :lol:
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Re: Sell me

Postby belovedmonster on Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:03 pm

The problem with gimp is despite being one of the most popular apps in the open source world, it has no corporate backing like just about everything else with the same billing. It really needs someone to put up the money to hire full time developers. Until then the progress will be slow.
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Re: Sell me

Postby exploder on Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:10 pm

I have never used programs like PhotoShop but the Gimp seems capable of some advanced graphics work. I love the ability to use plugins! I have seen some pretty nice work around here created with Gimp!
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Re: Sell me

Postby psych1610 on Fri Jan 02, 2009 5:39 pm

Also, if you look hard enough or maybe it won't be so hard, someone has taken the gimp and added a few new menus, etc to make it more user friendly. If I can find it I will post the links for you.

GimpShop is one of them and there's another also.

I don't believe any of them are in Mints repositories, but once you get a little experience tinkering under the hood you install by source. Actually, GimpShop offers a .deb which is pretty much a double click and watch it install kind of deal. Other one, of course, not so sure about.
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Re: Sell me

Postby Zwopper on Fri Jan 02, 2009 7:16 pm

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Re: Sell me

Postby belovedmonster on Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:14 pm

I'm looking forward to the big GUI redesign they have been working on for the past year or so. Though when it finally ships I bet all the old GIMP lovers will moan the new usable interface is a step backward. :lol:
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Re: Sell me

Postby wildflower on Sat Jan 03, 2009 2:51 pm

I'm a Photoshop user just like you (due to my Graphic Design hobby) but i find GIMP a bit hard to use and learn at the first time so if you have the willing to learn a new image editing tool, most likely you'll have no problems.

GIMP is great but don't expect it to be as much as powerful like Photoshop. I guess that's a difference when you're using something free and paid :lol:
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Re: Sell me

Postby Linux n00b on Sun Jan 04, 2009 2:37 am

I think you will find majority of cases, paid doesn't mean better than free.

I could be out dated, but I thought the problem with GIMP is more to do with plug-ins. I too is looking forward for the new GUI, it will (I hope) make things much easier. Now, only if the develpment can be faster. 8)
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