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So, it seems I'm now a Linux user. It took a couple days of configuring things like keyboard maps, Java VMs, and shortcut keys, but I'm now happier with this system than I was on Windows.

A few notes if anyone else is considering making the jump:
  • amaroK is the best music player I was able to find. It's almost as good as iTunes at presenting a simple interface that nonetheless does everything you want it to, and it has some nifty features I haven't seen elsewhere, like music recommendations and built-in lyrics lookup.
  • If you're using Ubuntu, you'll need to turn on Multiverse (non-free as in speech packages) at least long enough to get the Microsoft web fonts.
  • Eclipse is really nice, even for non-Java work—I grabbed the EPIC Perl editor, the Subclipse bindings for Subversion, and a package that handles HTML, XML and CSS.
  • The Gimp is funky, but I suspect it might be more powerful than even Photoshop.
By the way, I'm posting this from a Linux LJ client called Drivel. I like the simplicity of its interface—Semagic could take a page from them. Doesn't support tags yet, though...

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I am going to waste so much time as a result of Wanda the Fish.

If the designers of X-window built cars, there would be no fewer than five steering wheels hidden about the cockpit, none of which followed the same principles -- but you'd be able to shift gears with your car stereo. Useful feature, that.

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chiave_trust
Jun. 25th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC)
Notes;
I've heard the GIMP was powerful - ask some of the MT resident CGers. ^^;

-Built-in lyrics lookup? I loves it already. (I believe the new cwdb2 has a search function for lyrics - I remember Code-san going on about that feature. But Navi has the codebase for that, still, which I need to tweak.)
countalpicola
Jun. 25th, 2005 01:26 am (UTC)
Trouble with amaroK is that it's got qt as a dep.

I've been pretty happy with Logjam as my LJ client, though I'm sure it's missing some of the cool things LJ allows, since it's not had a new release in forever, but considering I only (barely) use the post feature LJ for the sake of throwing text at the world, it works.

> If you're using Ubuntu, you'll need to turn on Multiverse (non-free as in speech packages) at least long enough to get the Microsoft web fonts.

mplayer, too, I believe, ne?
brentdax
Jun. 25th, 2005 05:52 am (UTC)
I've been pretty happy with Logjam as my LJ client, though I'm sure it's missing some of the cool things LJ allows, since it's not had a new release in forever, but considering I only (barely) use the post feature LJ for the sake of throwing text at the world, it works.

Yeah, I'm looking at LogJam now, and it looks somewhat nicer than Drivel, although it's still lacking several things (like, say, a preview mode). Maybe I'll try rolling my own with Perl/Tk...

mplayer, too, I believe, ne?

Yes, now that I know it exists. Thanks.
sangochan
Jun. 25th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
Linux is your friend.

Wanda the fish is evil. *glomps teh fishie*

And that quote is going up in the lab.
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