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Ive been contemplating switching to linux for a while now (from XP). My biggest concern is having the programs that I need, or programs that are equivalent. The most important being:
Multiple Web Browsers (Exploder, Firefox, Opera ect. for web testing)
It would be mostly for home use however I do work on some web design/programming (mostly php, if that matters)
I dont mind taking the time to learn the ropes, however I want to make sure its even possible to do all the things I do now. As you can tell i know very little about Linux so what would be the best, er, 'type'(?) to begin with?
Well, I was a long time user of Photoshop. I thought at first The Gimp wasn't as good, probably because I'm lazy and was so use to Photoshop. When I finally rid myself of Windows altogether 6 or 7 years ago, I forced myself to do everything in The Gimp instead of the usual quick edit tasks. I actually now realize that The Gimp is better for me, I can do everything I did in Photoshop and more. But you are right, depends on the user and everything they did within the program. Photoshop still has things it does that Gimp doesn't.
You can install Safari (and IE) via WINE, that should make itunes easy to use. Opera has a Linux port.
For html editing, there is Kompozer, Bluefish, Quanta, Screem, ... PHP can be edited in some of those but you can also use GPHPEdit or Eclipse with a PHP plug-in (Aptana).
Filezilla is available for Linux too.
The major stumbling block could be Photoshop. Here again WINE could come in handy (I have run Macromedia Studio on it without any issues) but I have never tested it. The GIMP now also supports CMYK so that should make it more of an alternative than it used to be (at least that is what designers tell me, my knowledge in this area is limited to say the least).