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Can Linux become an everyday system like OS X or Windows?
A couple years ago I decided that I was going to go down the Linux is my only desktop road. So before I jumped fully in I installed Ubuntu in a virtual machine on my Mac and tried to run it exclusively for everything. Email entertainment etc. It was aplete bust. I was extremely used to the conveniences that OSX provides. There wasn shit out there for email clients that also integrated with a calendar. There were a lot of options but they all sucked bad. I spent HOURS trying to get things set up like I wanted which admittedly was what I was used to on the OSX clients. And just stop it before you say just use the browser for gmail and calendarit doesn work for me and I hate their interface. Oh and install a printer or any other peripheral? Pffftget ready to search and search for obscure drivers that you have to COMPILE and may just never work. And if you need to use the microsoft office suite youre just SOL. Open office is fine if everyone else uses open office otherwise youre screwed. I LOVE Linux. I really do. Ive developed on Linux for almost 2 years and am pretty handy at administering servers if I do say so myself. But as an everyday system? Forget about it. Not even close unless you adjust your expectations and have a ton of time on your hands. I remember hearing people say that Linux has finally be a full fledged system that can replace Windows 1+ YEARS AGO. It wasn then and it not now (at least for me). Will it ever? Im not sure and I don really think I care that much. Can it ever? Sure as long as someone puts a ton of support and money behind it. If youre a casual user who only browses the internet and checks your email account sure it fine i.e. chromebook. But need to do anything more than that? Good luck!!
Are there any free, real-time (like Google Docs) PDF editors?
Master PDF Editor ImagePrinter Pro. Master PDF Editor for macOS Windows and Linux. s Free for personal use. You can also buy a fully licensed version for $7 if you needmercial license. Not as good as the adobe stuff but cost hundreds if not thousands less.
I have Linux, but what do I use instead of Adobe?
Hmm Adobe what?? Adobe Acrobat Buy Master PDF Editor (Just like Adobe Acrobat it supports filling up of dynamic XFA forms too) Adobe Audition Buy Bitwig Studio (Adobe Audition is a pipsqueakpared to this behemoth of a DAW this DAW is like Ableton Live on steroids) of course if you want something simpler you can go for Tracktion Waveform or EnergyXT (Even these two DAWs have more features than Adobe Audition Adobe Audition is seriously deficient in featurespared to other DAWs). Adobe Premiere Pro Buy Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Studio (Adobe Premiere Pro looks like a kidpared to this monster). But then again unless youre making the next Avengers movie I don think youll require the Resolve Studio. Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom Buy Bloom Image Editor (Yeah itbines the features of both those softwares) Adobe Illustrator Go for Inkscape Adobe InDesign and InCopy Buy VivaDesigner (It has a built in Word Processor which has similar functionality as InCopy) Adobe Dreamweaver Buy Pingendo or Pinegrow Adobe After Effects Buy Blackmagic Design Fusion 9 Studio (Way more powerful than Adobe After Effects). Yet again a total overkill but can go wrong with it in terms of power. Adobe Digital Editions Calibre (Of course it doesn support DRM protected eBooks)
Can Microsoft Office apps run on Linux?
The short answer to your question is yes but with what seems to be a fair amount of issues. You have a couple of options as is tradition for Linux users Use Microsoft version of Google docs e.g their online Microsoft office utilities s . In my opinion this is by far the easiest option and honestly quite nice. Can be a bit slow in my experience obviously requires an internet connection and forces you to make an account to use in the first place. The traditional option- LibreOffice. It not as bad as people say it is but it definitely no Microsoft Office. Still it more or less got all the utilities you need. And of course some things may not look the same in LibreOffice as they do when you open up documents that had been created in Office. ordered-list There you have it. Let me know if I haven covered all my bases.
Why does Linux lack all important programs like Adobe PDF, Microsoft Office and games like FIFA?
Why does Linux lack all important programs like Adobe PDF Microsoft Office and games like FIFA? The answer to this is sadly becausepanies like Adobe Microsoft and EA have specifically and wilfully declined to support Linux as a target platform for their software. Why? There are any number of reasons. Adobe used to provide Acrobat Reader natively for Linux but discontinued support for it years ago. The reason is probably money Reader use often leads to Acrobat Pro purchases on Windows and Macs but theyve never released (to my knowledge) a version of the Pro software on Linux. It a loss-leader with no hope of recovery. Besides there are plenty of free packages available for various distros that do as good a job (if not better) than Reader ever did. Microsoft has always had a hate on for Linux seeing it as lost sales of their Server line of operating systems. Sure theyve sort-of made peace with Linux or at least presented the impression of making peace in order to try and claw back some market share. Theyve released Office software for Android - which is based on the Linux kernel - but not after all these years for any desktop distro of Linux. EA is just EA. EA will continue to do the most EA thing that EA can do which is be the worst because that what EA does. To the best of my ability to recall (and search via Google) there is not a single game published by EA that has native Linux support. Hell their support for Mac s isn that great. Want to play Sims on Mac? No? How about Sims? No? How about SimCity? No? Well We have a couple of other games that a handful of people may want to play It pretty sad. The short answer is until morepanies start supporting Linux and demonstrating that there is a viable paying market share to tap into manypanies won bother porting. Now Valve - through Steam - has done a great job of promoting Linux as a viable gaming platform. I own a fairly large number of games in my library; of the total perhaps 435% can also run on a Mac but ~3% are available on Linux and that number has been steadily increasing. The call for native Linux versions of many games can be heard in the games discussion boards on Steam. The need is out there.
Why do people keep saying Linux is better than Windows when there's no Office and Adobe products, which are some of the most useful products?
For me Linux is better becausen The only Adobe product I use is their free PDF Reader (and it's available on Linux too) and that too because it was the first PDF Reader some one introduced me to and I was too lazy to ever try another one. So no Adobe products are not the most useful . Actually they are not at all useful. The time I spend on Office is generally the time I consider a burden Yes I understand the importance of reports but doesn't make the job likeable. And for my use cases pretty printing and Excel macros are a waste of time. Pure waste of time. So no Office is not the most useful software . And the Office equivalents on Linux do my job well enough - all I need is some basic formatting. Nothing fancy thank you. I would rather not waste my time making documents look nice. find grep cut awk sed uniq are the most important tools. And none of them are natively available on Windows. I mean I actually spend hours searching for ways to do these very basic things everytime I am forced to work on Windows. GUI? Why would I care? Most of my work is done on terminals. Most of my play is playing videos (VLC has the same GUI) and browsing (Chrome or Firefox has the same GUI). Even if I consent to be modernised enough to use a GUI IDE Eclipse (and others) have exactly same GUI on all platforms. What's different? The way my desktop looks? Well having multiple workspaces is really cool. Beats having four monitors and swivelling constantly in your chair any day! And really I am the kind of screwed up character who thinks OS X actually looks ugly in some parts. And no it is not that paid software is better than free software because someone somewhere wants to make money and hence put in more effort than the random guy did for free. Look at Google's free products. Free is not equal to bad quality . Free software is generally better in my experience. nBut whichever idiot said Linux is always italic better? Linux is better for anything other than personalputers (servers systems mobile devices) and for any personalputer meant mostly as a dev environment. In any other case it may be italic .
What is it like to write for Packt?
Q What is it like to write for Packt?nA I would never want to write another book for Packt Publishing. I was contacted by Packt Publishing to co-write an introductory course on C++. My two co-authors were both experienced C++ developers and both had worked with Packt before. I wrote a technical book for OReilly but had no previous encounters with Packt. We had three or four weeks to produce an outline of the course together. Unfortunately one whole week passed before we were given any gance what Packt wanted to see. We were also asked to produce marketing blurbs for the course which I found strange. Wasn marketing Packt job? So the three of us had so far put in three weeks work with nopensation and no contract. That was a little scary. When I got my contract I noticed that it had many terms that held authors accountable for meeting a strict time schedule but nothing that held Packt accountable for anything. I asked the co-authors how their previous experience with Packt had gone. Both reported that the editing stage after the basic content was written had been haphazard rushed and unpleasant but they were ready to go on this new project. Packt wanted us to produce a new chapter every two weeks. This schedule seemed unachievable to me and Packt eventually agreed to three weeks per chapter. This is still a very aggressive schedule. We produced our first chapters and handed them in on time. This is when the trouble began. We began work on our next chapters expecting Packt to get edits back to us timely. Remember the contract didn hold them to any kind of timliness. Another three weeks passed as we worked on our second chapters. The edits came back about the time we were supposed to submit the second chapters. It was at this time that we began to learn about the highly structured format Packt wanted the writing to be in. We been given a few brief cuts of other books but they were in different formats. Packt also asked us to create overhead slides for the chapters which was a new requirement not in the contract. We had to extensively rework both chapters to meet their vague gelines. Then they said never mind about the overheads. The edit of my first chapter severely damaged the document. Someone had manually changed all cy double quote marks to straight quotes. In the process they had also doubled some of the straight quote marks in code examples which all had to be re-written and tested to see theypiled. The numbering of numbered lists was damaged and had to be manually fixed. In short there was a lot italic of rework just to undo the damage done by the editing process plus all the changes they requested. The edit to my third chapter was four weeks late arriving after I was working on the fourth chapter. These edits were a bit less onerous because we had learned what Packt expected but there were still literally thousands of changes in a 4 page chapter. I got a lot faster at fixing up broken paragraph numbering. Our contracts specified we were to receive half our advance on royalties (a paltry $5 or so) when the chapters were accepted. A month after we had submitted our last chapters no advance had arrived. We were also still waiting for edits of our last chapters. Meanwhile our editor set a publication date that was only 3 weeks off. Given that none of us had seen all the first edits on their chapters and none of us had seen anyone else work that schedule seemed to be not just unrealistic but disconnected from reality. At this point the authors rebelled and would not submit any more work until the advance had been paid. I think we sat on our hands for about two weeks while Packt promised to pay us in four weeks then three then payment arrived in our accounts. Once all the work is submitted and corrections from preliminary edits have been turned around there is a copy-editing phase where our chapters are marked for conformance to the Chicago Manual of Stylesort of. This process took weeks while the publishing deadline loomed and the result was awful. Different people had edited different chapters and made inconsistent changes. As I write this I am still waiting for gance from Packt on the copy-edit changes. But Packt has sent us a PDF of the whole book (with only half of the copy-edit changes in it that we are supposed to sign off on to see that we didn forget to cover something thinking another author was going to do it. Technical authors never make enough money from writing topensate them for the time spent. I knew that going in but I didn't know how much unnecessary rework would be required fixing the unforced errors the fumbling and bumbling of my publisher. This is what I will tell anyone who asks me about my experience writing for Packt. edit Well I have thankfully got this unpleasant experience in the rear-view mirror of time. All of my chapters went through six (count em six) rounds of extensive and mutually contradictory review. There were also I think three reviews of the galleys. All three of the authors threatened to chuck the whole project at one point or another. The quality of the final product was uneven and definitely not something I am proud to have my name associated with. It been over six months since wepleted the last edit and I have received $ in royalties. I rather imagine I am going to have to fly to London and storm the Packt office wearing a suicide vest in order to see another dollar from this effort. Im not sure what I do if there was less than half a planet between them and me. If youre an author heed my cautionary tale and don work with Packt Publishing. If you are a reader consider the low quality of Packt output in this case and don buy books from Packt. You will be glad you steered clear. italic
After migrating to Linux, what are features and capabilities that you miss about Windows?
So far nothing but that can be attributed to the fact that even after switching to Linux I still use mostly closed-source proprietary software on it. Before you roast me for this let me give you the reason I like Linux because of its functionality and customisability Im no open-source warrior. On Windows I used to use FL Studio Pro sadly it wasn available for Pop OS (or any Linux) so after a brief search I found out something insanely superior to it called Harrison Mixbus 32C. Mark my word if youreing to Mixbus 32C from FL Studio Pro you would be literally blown away by its abilities. It aplete monster of a DAW and the best thing about it is that it has essentially addressed my biggest gripe with DAW i.e. the sound most DAWs guitar bass and drums just sound tinny. But on Mixbus 32C you get that massive analogue sound. Of course it took me some time to get used to but once I got used to it there was no turning back. Of course its cost was high but damn it an excellent DAW. Then it was Adobe Premier Pro again it not available for Linux but then I found an excellent alternative to it called DaVinci Resolve Studio and I really got more than what I bargained for on it. A one time payment of $299 is pretty reasonable. Then it was about Microsoft Office the default office suite called LibreOffice is good but it has numerouspatibility issues with MS Office files so after a brief search I went for Softmaker Office and damn it just offers perfectpatibility with Microsoft Office. Basically I was a user of MS Office Home & Student so Softmaker Office clearly covered my needs. Of course it was a paid software. I never felt the need of Outlook on Pop OS the Evolution Mail covered that need of mine. Then it was the need of a good Calendar software Gnome Calendar app is just isn good enough so I replaced it with MineTime and my problems were solved. Then it was about Google Drive after a brief search I found the client called overGrive and my problem was solved. Of course it a paid software. Mega Cloud has its app for Linux too. As an alternative to Microsoft OneNote I went for NixNote 2 and Evernote and they solved my problem. For PDF editing I went for Master PDF Editor. Yet again a closed-sourcemercial app. For LaTeX editing I went for TexStudio. On Windows I used to use WinEdt. As a Notepad++ alternative I switched to GNOME Builder. As an alternative to IDM I just use XDM which has all the same feature and has same speed of course it has a better UI than IDM. The UI of IDM is archaic. As for an alternative to Finale I had to yet again use a paid proprietary app called Harmony Assistant. IBM SPSS is available for Linux too so in that area it was nothing different for me. I used to use HTTrack on Windows on Pop OS I use HTTRaQt there barely any difference in that segment. VLC media player is available for Linux oo. Now about podcast software well I used to use gPodder on Windows and it also available for Linux so no difference there. It syncs perfectly with Video Podcatcher Deluxe on my phone. For eBooks I used to use FBReader on my Windows PC and I use it on my new PC running on Pop OS so difference their either. I used to use PuTTY on Windows well on Linux you don need that Inetutils Mosh Netcatbined with the default Gnome Terminal is way more powerful than PuTTY. So overall I don miss anything about Windows I just knew about the right tools which made the switch pretty easy. As of usage on laptops I canment on it. I use Linux on my desktop but from what Ive observer Linux based distros can often be hit and miss on laptops. Pop OS and Ubuntu both work excellently on my friend new Dell XPS 13 937 trackpad responds buttery smooth battery life is same as the Windows variant but it may be because of the fact XPS 13 is a part of Dell project Sputnik so it is officially built for Linuxpatibility. Same can be said about other laptops as in most other laptops except T-series ThinkPads the battery life is horrible on Linux distros. So unless you shell out a heavy amount of money to buy a Linuxpatible laptop running Linux on laptop is a bad idea.