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demonboy
November 3rd, 2010, 01:41 PM
Hi,

I'm so new to Ubuntu I don't even know how to pronounce it! I'm currently downloading the installer for Windows to test drive on my Samsung NC10 netbook. However I do have quite specific requirements and wondered if anyone out there could LMK if these applications run ok.

I'm a photographer who lives on my boat, and the apps I use are:

- Photoshop CS3 (I think this can run with something called Wine)
- Fransom GPSGate (identifies and splits a NMEA GPS signal)
- Maxsea 10.3.5 (chart plotting software)
- Foobar 2000 (audio jukebox)
- VLC (guess this should work ok)
- Adobe Premiere Pro (video editing software)
- Adobe Audition (audio editing software - I make weekly podcasts)
- FileZilla
- Google Earth
- Stellarium
- Ugrib

Then there's things like Avast and Superantispyware etc too.

If anyone can point me to a list of apps that work on Ubuntu or could help out with this list of specific applications I would be very grateful.

Thanks in advance.

tweakedenigma
November 3rd, 2010, 01:49 PM
- Photoshop CS3 - Nope
- Fransom GPSGate - Doesn't look like it
- Maxsea 10.3.5 - Don't know.
- Foobar 2000 - doesn't look like
- VLC - Yes
- Adobe Premiere Pro - No
- Adobe Audition - No
- FileZilla - Yes
- Google Earth - Yes
- Stellarium - Yes
- Ugrib - Don't know

For the ones that are no, there maybe some alternatives but it really depends on your needs and if you are willing to use something new.

Kyluke
November 3rd, 2010, 01:59 PM
Not all of them no.

- Photoshop CS3 (I think this can run with something called Wine) - it does run with wine but limited functionality, try the gimp (http://www.gimp.org/)
- Fransom GPSGate (identifies and splits a NMEA GPS signal) - Try Gebabbel (http://gebabbel.sourceforge.net/)
- Maxsea 10.3.5 (chart plotting software) - Try Graphthing (http://graph.seul.org/) OR Linsmith (http://jcoppens.com/soft/linsmith/index.en.php)
- Foobar 2000 (audio jukebox) - Try Rhythmbox (http://projects.gnome.org/rhythmbox/) or amarok (http://amarok.kde.org/)
- VLC (guess this should work ok) -YES
- Adobe Premiere Pro (video editing software) - Try Kino (http://www.kinodv.org/) OR Cinelerra (http://heroinewarrior.com/cinelerra.php)
- Adobe Audition (audio editing software - I make weekly podcasts) - Try Ardour (http://www.ardour.org/) OR Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/)
- FileZilla - YES
- Google Earth - YES
- Stellarium - YES
- Ugrib - Try zygrib (http://www.zygrib.org/index.php?page=abstract_en) Site is in french but can be translated)

I have not added links for the software which is available as that is downloadable from the repositories anyway.

I hope this has been of help

(btw. you probably will find no need for any anti virus software in linux at all, there are close or over 1 million viruses, 836+- of which affect Linux which security updates have managed to eliminate)

demonboy
November 3rd, 2010, 02:05 PM
Wow, thanks for the really prompt reply, that's great!

I should have been more specific when I said 'charting software'. That's actually a nautical chart plotting program, where the GPS signal is overlaid a nautical map (we call them charts).

Unfortunately I have recently upgraded from Audacity to Audition. I really disliked Audacity, even though it's free. Also I am a very heavy user of Photoshop and I understand Gimp doesn't come close. Sadly it doesn't look like Ubuntu is for me.

Still, these are my problems, not yours, so thanks once again for the prompt replies, I really appreciate it.

tweakedenigma
November 3rd, 2010, 02:09 PM
Sadly it doesn't look like Ubuntu is for me.

Still, these are my problems, not yours, so thanks once again for the prompt replies, I really appreciate it.


Always glad to help, and I would still give Ubuntu a go. Granted it may not do everything you want, but using Ubuntu doesn't mean you have to get rid of Windows or OSX.

For example, I use OSX for some iMovie, etc. But Use Ubuntu for most of my Daily computing needs.

Kyluke
November 3rd, 2010, 02:09 PM
Well each user needs to use the operating system which is best suited for them and I hope one day Linux will incorporate the functionality that you need :)

demonboy
November 3rd, 2010, 02:12 PM
Good point. I haven't stopped the download so I'll install and play with anyway.

One question: will I notice a performance improvement with basics like web browsing and accessing large lists of music in a jukebox? I moved to Foobar because it was the only jukebox that could handle my 500Gb music library, for example.

tweakedenigma
November 3rd, 2010, 02:20 PM
Good point. I haven't stopped the download so I'll install and play with anyway.

One question: will I notice a performance improvement with basics like web browsing and accessing large lists of music in a jukebox? I moved to Foobar because it was the only jukebox that could handle my 500Gb music library, for example.

At least from my own experience Linux runs better/faster then Windows for most basic uses. And Rhythm Box handles my Music Library with not issues. Mine isn't quite as large as yours but close.

Welcome to Ubuntu and the community, Hope you enjoy your stay.

migs73
November 3rd, 2010, 02:46 PM
Hi,

I'm so new to Ubuntu I don't even know how to pronounce it!
Just so you know, for future reference it is pronounced 'ooboontoo'.

Hope you find enough to your liking to keep it and at least dual boot with windows.

Mike

:)

demonboy
November 3rd, 2010, 04:34 PM
Well I'm definitely sold on the support, I'm amazed at the quick and comprehensive responses.

I should say that whilst Maxsea probably won't run on 'Ooboontoo' ;) , there is an open source chart plotting package called OpenCPN. Unfortunately this is a very niche market so I don't know how this will be developed in the future but since most boat owners have laptops on board, and are generally fairly savvy computer owners, I hope that OpenCPN continues to be developed.

BTW - I'm running the Windows installer. It seems to be taking rather a long time. Is this because it is both downloading and installing at the same time?

ibizatunes
November 3rd, 2010, 05:25 PM
You sound like windows is what you need for your type of work, i think sadly linux / ubuntu isnt for you! (at least currently)
but if you have a old computer collecting dust, maybe resurrect that, and install ubuntu on it
You will be amazed by how quick it is.....
(As long as it has 512mb or Ram) if it has less than 512 install lbunutu instead ;-)

mgmiller
November 3rd, 2010, 11:42 PM
The video editing software suggestions should include OpenShot. It can do amazing things with 3D titles and transparency, chroma key and tons of transitions and effects. It's in Applications > Ubuntu Software Center.

flyfishingphil
November 3rd, 2010, 11:59 PM
Hi,

I'm so new to Ubuntu I don't even know how to pronounce it! I'm currently downloading the installer for Windows to test drive on my Samsung NC10 netbook. However I do have quite specific requirements and wondered if anyone out there could LMK if these applications run ok.

I'm a photographer who lives on my boat, and the apps I use are:

- Photoshop CS3 (I think this can run with something called Wine)
- Fransom GPSGate (identifies and splits a NMEA GPS signal)
- Maxsea 10.3.5 (chart plotting software)
- Foobar 2000 (audio jukebox)
- VLC (guess this should work ok)
- Adobe Premiere Pro (video editing software)
- Adobe Audition (audio editing software - I make weekly podcasts)
- FileZilla
- Google Earth
- Stellarium
- Ugrib

Then there's things like Avast and Superantispyware etc too.

If anyone can point me to a list of apps that work on Ubuntu or could help out with this list of specific applications I would be very grateful.

Thanks in advance.
There are some things that won't work right on Ubuntu, but it's worth it to find other programs that will do what you want. I say this for one primary reason. No need for Avast or any of the other fancy "anti" programs.

Talked to a tech at Avast and he said that when it comes to the virus problems, and Ubuntu, there isn't one. They had looked at doing a full service anti-virus for Linux but found that it changes so constantly they couldn't keep up with it and that makes it nearly worthless to the hackers and virus authors. That's because they have to write for nearly each computer using the system. This is the results of everybody "fine tuning" their system and changing the base line.

I switched over to Linux/Ubuntu when there was a major virus problem that got by the "anti" program. Fortunately I had recently done a backup and had all of the needed info available, just had to re-enter it after switching.

spillage2
November 4th, 2010, 01:10 AM
I would just like to say that even thought I am a noob in linux I would never go back to anything ms.

+1 to ibizatunes

get an old comp and give this a go and you might find yourself converted.

I now have my main pc and 3 laptops plus my netbook all running ubuntu.

You will find that ubuntu is as complicated as you want it to be or not..