[I’ll be focusing on Ubuntu 10.4 with Gnome]
Linux will be frustrating at first for Windows and Mac users but it’s ok, the greatst journey it’s not the easiest journey.
So what are some basic things to get you going with Linux?
Most used applications/alternatives:
Windows Explorer / Find – Nautilus
Winamp or iTunes – Rhythmbox / Amarok
Internet Explorer / Safari / Opera / Firefox – Firefox / Opera
Windows Media Player / bsPlayer etc. – VLC or any frontend to MPlayer
Microsoft Office – Open Office (can edit MS Office files)
Yahoo Messenger / MSN Messenger / Facebook – Empathy / Pidgin
Skype – Skype for Linux or Empathy or Pidgin via plug-ins
Photo organize/view like ACDsee / Irfanview – F-Spot / g-thumb
Nero burning ROM – K3B / Brasero
- The mighty and cried for Adobe Photoshop – The GIMP (it’s very powerful and if you’ve worked alot with Photoshop around version 7 and CS1, GIMP will be child’s play) – can edit .PSD files.
- Corel Draw / Adobe Illustrator – Inkscape / Xara LT – can export / edit .CDR and .AI files.
- Adobe Lightroom / Aperture – darktable (still in development but very very promissing)
- MAYA, Softimage XSI, 3d Studio Max, Houdini, Lightwave, Cinema 4D – Blender / Maya, Softimage XSI, Houdini and we hope for Lightwave CORE
- AutoCAD – QCAD, VariCAD
- Google Earth – Google Earth for Linux
- Picasa – Picasa for Linux
- There are many more Windows apps that can be run on Linux with WINE from www.winehq.org
You can do almost anything you can do on Windows or Mac OS with the same ease. One common thing to Mac OS is that it is build on Unix so the terminal (command prompt) and commands are the same like Linux.
Lots of people are scared about the Terminal and the fact that using Linux is like knowing tones of text based commands and arguments to do even simple tasks like watching a movie but this is not true; one thing i really don’t understand is that even now, on the internet, you will get instructions how to do tasks that you can do visually, only by Terminal.
I mean, why if you have a .targz archive, you open up Terminal (Linux Shell), navigate to the location or the archive using cd /path/to/archive and then doing tar [flags] [tar file], when you can simply open Nautilus File Browser, go to the folder wjere the archive is, right click and Extract Here.
Stay tuned …