Developing on Linux systems
Posted 01 September 2006 - 02:32 PM
I'm kinda deciding what to do as far as my setup here goes. On a day to day basis, I use my PC for web design (dreamweaver), email (thunderbird), browsing (FF), etc - no games, etc. I'm looking at the possibility of converting to a Linux-based system, for many many reasons, and have looked at Ubuntu. Also, as two of the 3 programs I use every day are open-source, I'm only left with one commercial piece of software.
1) does anyone here develop on a Linux setup?
2) are there any open-source packages that could give me the PHP/MySQL development environment that dreamweaver does (with ability to also preview site), and are they any good (in your opinions)?
3) a nice extension to my last question, what would be the best package to use to enable me to keep better track of re-usable scripts? I have dozens of scripts that I use for various projects, but keeping track of little tweaks I make are quite hard when they're copied in various different locations.
in summary, I'm just looking for a bit of advice in making the switch. Having used Mac OSX and getting a strong idea of all the benefits, the only decision now is in regards to the software available for web design.
I say old chap, that is rather amusing!
Posted 01 September 2006 - 05:07 PM
Posted 02 September 2006 - 09:58 AM
- Photoshop. I just can't get into 'The GIMP', people keep telling me that it has all of the features of Photoshop, but I just can't agree with that. I don't find it very easy to use either.
- Target users. You have to admit, Windows with IE is probably the most popular combo. You need to be able to test your projects on a machine that is similar to your target users. I have multiple machines I could test on, but it's a pain in the arse switching machines just to test minor alterations. FireFox on Linux and FireFox on Windows do NOT render websites the same either - I have noticed that is the case with Firefox on OSX too. I think it's something to do with the way Linux and OSX render type, as it's antialiased...
They're the two things holding me back from the switch.
Posted 02 September 2006 - 03:10 PM
I've installed a copy of Ubuntu on my system to try out properly, so I'll give gimp a go and look around at alternatives. However, I don't do much in terms of gfx so that's probably not such a big issue with me, but the fact that there's such an open-source community (meaning that i'm not gonna get hit in the pocket when using some of these packages) is an immediate plus.
I think that the reputation of security/stability has been the biggest thing for me to make me consider a switch, along with the fact that I don't do anything "PC specific" on my machine anymore. Games are what my PS is for, work is what my PC is for.
As for the rendering - I did notice that, but mainly in the way that it dealt with fonts. On one of my sites, I had 'Verdana' as the font, which on the Mac/PC is fine - but on Linux comes out as something totally different (nice, though!) - a totally OTT serif font.
I dunno. It's not something I'm gonna rush into, but definitely something I want to consider - every day I seem to read about some security issue or other, patches, etc (for Windows), and considering the price of Windows/Dreamweaver/Fireworks when upgrading etc, the open-source road seems a very attractive one to consider.
jcombs, i'll take a look at those. I'd heard of Bluefish, but not as yet taken a good look, so cheers for the tips!
I say old chap, that is rather amusing!
Posted 02 September 2006 - 03:26 PM
just for information, photoshop is a fully functioning program in <a href="http://www.winehq.co...q.com">Wine</a> the linux wondoze api emulator
the listings of what does and does not work in Wine are here at <a href="http://frankscorner....hp?p=graphics"> Franks Corner </a>
The <A HREF="http://www.php.net/d...php">MANUAL</A> is actually a useful resource
Posted 02 September 2006 - 03:37 PM
Honestly, I don't think that's a valid argument for switching. If you're using XP, when was the last time you actually had a crash or a reason to restart that wasn't because of an install/uninstall. I can also leave XP up for extended periods of time without problems.
I think that the reputation of security/stability has been the biggest thing for me to make me consider a switch
And as far as security... I've been using my current installation of XP for close to 2 years now without ANY kind of anti-virus. I have yet to have any kind of security issues.
I honestly think MS has evolved for the most part that people can't really use that excuse for switching if they're keeping up with patches and using their computer with a little common sense.
Info: PHP Manual
Posted 05 September 2006 - 11:02 AM
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