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Old April 29, 2011, 12:31 PM
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I am considering switching to ubuntu and i need some direction i have used linux in the past but usually went back to windows due to software availability in linux. For office i would use openoffice (i have used it before and liked it)

Office - openoffice
Email - Evolution (or something comparable with a calender)
Photoshop - ???
Lightroom - ???
Messenger App - Pidgin or ???

Currently i do game on my windows machine however my life is getting busy with more important things and will need to take a back burner. (buying a home, Niece and Nephew :) )

I am considering for a distro either Ubuntu 11.04 x64 or centos 5.3 x64. here is the hardware that i have.

Intel Core i-7 950
6GB DDR 3
E-VGA Geforce GTX 560 TI
Onboard Sound
1x 40GB SSD
3x 2TB WD Green
LG BDRW/DVDRW
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Old April 29, 2011, 12:37 PM
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Linux Mint or Ubuntu would be your best bet.. But unfortunately there isn't any software at all like Photoshop or Lightroom for Linux for obvious reasons.

For email and calendar you can use Thunderbird and Sunbird both made by the Mozilla team and for MSN you have a few choices but I find aMSN the best
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Old April 29, 2011, 12:57 PM
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i took a look and it seems that Photoshop will work rather well through wine :). Don't care to much about light room but ps was a must.
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Old April 29, 2011, 01:00 PM
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There are actually quite a few freeware "replacements" for Photoshop, GIMP being the most commonly recommend. Not as many for Lightroom though, but I hear good things about Digikam. You might like it, you might not. But hey, it's free and trying them won't hurt.

If you find that you need to stick with Adobe software, most of it will work in Linux through WINE. However there are sometimes issues, but there is some good documentation on their website/wiki.
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Old April 29, 2011, 03:38 PM
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+1 for GIMP if you can't get PS going. It's works great for me and is well supported.
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You might want to take a look at Pinguy OS, it's based on Ubuntu and runs beautifully. I'm actually really liking this distro.

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Good choices suggested so far.

Office - LibreOffice
Email - Mozilla Thunderbird
Photoshop - GIMP
Messenger - Pidgin, aMSN, Empathy

Comparison of image viewers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

One idea is to stick to a distro on Distrowatch to start with since it might be helpful when running into issues or problems. It might be easier to find info via Google search or searching on the respective distro's support forum. Of course, you can ask here, too, but when you want a quick answer, sometimes a search might find it. After you gain experience, you can then try others. Just a suggestion, though.
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