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What do you use: Linux / Mac / Win?

By etchhh ยท 78 replies
Sep 20, 2008
  1. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606


    But Now I find that Vista is a good OS and i'm actually searching for a RAM and I think I will remain to Vista as I don't want to make something illegal on my PC and one OS is largely enough for me, maybe two in a major case but one is good for a gamer and everyday PC user.
  2. I run Debian Etch and Windows XP (dual boot).
  3. etchhh

    etchhh TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    cool caravel , u never tried to upgrade to vista , and havent u tried linux ubuntu ?
  4. etchhh

    etchhh TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26

    ok SNGX , just to answer amagnien problem , does ubuntu use somewhat low memory ? in compare to vista i mean ?

    if so , amagnien could just use a free copy of ubuntu , a linux OS - it perfect i guess , and just get used to it ...

    i heared someone can run the .exe applications on linux , using some sort of programs , is that true ? what is the name of such program then ?
  5. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    Yeah that could be right if I got Linux and that I can use .exe files on it too that will make me throw windows Vista out. But yeah can someone give the name of the program that enable us to use .exe files on linux?
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,718   +398

  7. This is the version of Debian I run

    Basically Ubuntu is based on Debian anyway but has much more bloat and is less stable. I used to run Ubuntu since 6.06 Dapper Drake to the current version but since moving to Debian I don't think I'll be going back.

    Vista doesn't appeal. I'll be interested to see the next "great" MS OS. I only use XP for running a few games anyway.
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,040   +2,067

    Last time I checked Ubuntu was asking for 384MB minimum for install. With that in mind 1GB seems like it would be plenty. Linux is not as resource intensive as XP, and nowhere near as big a hog as Vista.

    One thing that this thread hasn't addressed is that Linux really is productivity based.
    It's fine to be up in arms about M$ and their monopoly, quite another to be able to use Linux to be able to combat it. So, for the people running Linux servers and using Open Office, the OS is a godsend, for young people hell bent on achieving gaming godhood, it's a disaster. Actually the thread has addressed this, but it almost seems to have been ignored.

    So, the security is better, and maybe you should be doing all your web browsing with the OS but, you're still going to need Windows for getting your game on. Dual boot means having a system that can run Windows well, there's no much way around that. But, if you're looking to do term papers, you sure can get away with Linux.
  9. etchhh

    etchhh TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 26


    cool amagien ,, i guess u can safely use linux as ur main OS now , as SNGX has mentioned , is used for .exe files on linux OSes .. :)
  10. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    Yeah I think now i'm ready for it... but did WINE work also on Mac? AS I use a lot of graphic program and I heard that Mac was best for that...
  11. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,718   +398

    WINE is supposed to work on a Mac, but assuming you are thinking of putting OS X on a regular PC, you might as well just obtain Parallels and run real Windows at the same time.

    As far as a Mac being better for graphic programs, that is only marginally true, there are some color calibration matching stuff that is built into OS X that I don't think is in Windows. But overall you can make Windows do whatever OS X does for graphic programs. Now the apps for OS X may be a little nicer to look at an use, but that is probably more of a personal preference type thing than a fact.
  12. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606


    So you recommend me to put OS X and a Windows with at the same time in case I need thing that there is not or that can't work on a Mac?

    Also what is the requirements for the Mac OS X Leopard?
  13. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,040   +2,067

    I believe at a former time, Apple's "Color Sync" was considered a far superior system of color management than was possible with Windows. Adobe's "RGB "1998 is very, very, good, and since Adobe has a respectable market share of Software in the photographic and graphics arts arena, there should be very little difference in the results obtainable with either system. Here is where, I believe that habit may be causing the reverse of Windows dominance. I seems to me, many in the graphics trade are used to Mac, thus continuing to use them. This makes sense in the fact that it seems no one wants to have a new OS summarily inflicted on them. Resistance to XP and now resistance to Vista seems to make my point. But, all imaging hardware such as printers, tablets, and scanners seem to be available for the Windows platform, if not especially for the Windows platform. Many FX houses have written custom software in the course of their business, and so leaving Apple for the PC would be a major shock to their "system", if you'll pardon the pun

    Once a particular system is in place, I think it's much easier to call the same supplier when it's time to upgrade, than to think about "changing horses in midstream". So Apple installations stay Apple and so forth.

    There isn't much doubt that either platform has the computing power to accomplish the task at hand.

    As far as WINE goes, I haven't check recently but it was never on the same software "page" with respect to current versions.

    Since Adobe software is mostly available in both platforms, that doesn't provide much incentive to move away from the MAC either.
  14. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    Yeah I agree with you about the thing Adobe. Adobe is a great image software but Apple haven't made any image and color management software for the Mac?
  15. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,718   +398

    Yes, they have, and always have, hence their initial superiority, the ColorSync as CC pointed out.

    What is it you are actually trying to accomplish here? I'm sure you are better off picking 1 system and just going for it than trying to emulate 2 of the 3 on the 3rd system.
  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,040   +2,067 "Aperture" is Apple's latest entry into the still image editing software field. To the best of my knowledge, it's not intended to compete with "Photoshop" directly, but rather to be the Apple version of "Adobe Lightroom". Or vice-versa, since I've forgotten which was released first.
  17. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    Yeah normally I prefer to remain on only one Operating System because one is largely enough but I heard a lot of good thing about Mac OS X and that make me wanted to test it but if you ask me that Mac uses Adobe for there image and color management system then I think remaining on only Vista is ok for me as it works fine for me even that i'm on a 1GB RAM, but will upgrade it after.

    Have you already used Mac OS X?
  18. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    Ok I see... So it will not make a big difference if I remain to Vista.
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,040   +2,067

    I think trying to avoid a RAM upgrade via a change of OS, is simply not a good, sound idea. Even in your location you should be able find suitable RAM at a reasonable price. The money you spend will be compensated for by less confusion and aggravation in your daily computing activities. I always recommend "Adobe Photoshop Elements" for even fairly advanced photo editing. It's $100.00 @ full retail, and the best buy in the industry. It's actually a slightly crippled version of Photoshop which can be made even more functional by way of free plug-ins available around the web.
  20. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    Yeah after reflection now I found that it is better to upgrade my RAM than changing OS.

    What OS do you use?
  21. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 12,040   +2,067

    I have XP in all my machines, 2 purchased, and 1 homebuilt.
    I've had Ubuntu 7.0 installed, but I sort of lost interest in it, since all my heavy use programs are Windows only. Running the Linux seemed like just a novelty to me, I'm sure that others feel differently
  22. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    Nice one... Xp is very nice and well appreciated

    All that depends on people and what they think and like. Me I like XP very much for the style and mainly for it superb performance but also Vista due to its beautiful style and for some programs too(I know I can also have them on XP with some tweaking "but it will not be the same). After making some tweaking from a blog site I found that Vista is very fluid and rapid and I have only done 85% of the guide, some I prefer to do it after.

    Hoping that Windows 7 will be more superb in terms of performance as lot of people can't use Vista.

    When I found people asking bad thing about Vista I found that very bad as everyone want to have more modern thing and everyone know that more modern we go more power is needed as for example if the take a 21" Normal TV it will take less power but it will not all the options and beauty of a Full HD Flat TV. So it is the same for Computer and OS so I think that we don't need to blame Microsoft and Windows Vista for that as they are making it better for people. Also look a Win 98 and now with XP & Vista even a blind or semi blind person will be able to use the PC now whereas with Win 98 it wasn't possible so stop blaming for all that.
  23. Andrew out bush

    Andrew out bush TS Rookie

    As for What do you use: Linux / Mac / Win?
    My answer is Win on one computer and the other 2 experimental computers One has Win Me the other has fedora 8. (Linux)
  24. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    I was thinking to put linux on one of my old PC to test how it is, but I don't know which Linux should I choose.

    Can someone help about that plz?
  25. BorisandBailey

    BorisandBailey TS Enthusiast Posts: 154

    Ama, since it is an old PC, I would use Xubuntu, which is a leaner version of Ubuntu and works well on systems that don't have as much power, memory, or are older systems. Xubuntu is a fun Linux OS and I think you'll enjoy it.
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