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andse 12-02-2006 06:58 AM

Architect wanting to swich
Hi... i am a danish architecture student who is sick and tired of Microsoft eating half of my computers performance. I need to run some specific programs though, and need to know if that can be done on Linux.

I need to run the Adobe CS, Auto or architecture, and various other programs designed for Windows.

Are there any userfriendly Linux distributions that can do that?

I really hope so, cause then i get to kick all the Apple users little heinies;)

pixellany 12-02-2006 08:26 AM


I really hope so, cause then i get to kick all the Apple users little heinies
This does not sound like a good reason to switch to Linux.

I would not assume that specialized SW for architecture will work well on Linux. Some Windows apps will work using WINE, but not all. One that does work is Photoshop--not sure about the whole CS.

I would also recommend that you look at native Linux SW--eg GIMP instead of Photoshop. Also search Google for Linux CAD and other special-purpose stuff.

AND.....set it up dual-boot so you still have Windows available.

There are LOTS of user-friendly distros.....I personally prefer ones using the synaptic (deb) package system: Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Mepis, PCLinuxOS, Debian, etc,

andse 12-02-2006 09:30 AM

Okay... it might not sound as a good reason, but whenever we debate wheater PC or Mac works best, it comes down to that what kills the PC is windows.
I've heard about Gimp, but isn't that more an alternative to paintshop pro?
Never heard about the other programs, and that doesn't help me, since you have to be a viz at sertain programs, that architect normally uses.
So sadly it looks like i'm stuck with windows:cry:

runnerfrog 12-02-2006 11:00 AM

It isn't very common for free software community to develop giant software suites like Adobe CS, instead you should look for alternatives on each software package (or program) included in those suites, you can start at:
For architects (some uses AutoCAD), as Pixellany saids, you have to search Google for Linux CAD, you'll find different approches for different needs, like sagcad, very different to qcad, LinuxCAD (propietary license) etc.
If you are a system architect:
If your only worry is performance, sometimes you don't have to switch OS to improve it or to use free software (aside from the restrictive OS) like freecad, it runs over win32. At last, depending on how strong is your dependancy on particular software suites, may be you are "stuck with windows" but for good.

Renars 12-02-2006 02:06 PM

If you plan to use Linux long-term, I suggest trying our SuSe as Microsoft is going to work together with them to improve compatibility of those two. It can help running your "specific programs" if not now, then in future for sure.

MasterC 12-02-2006 02:08 PM

IMHO, I'd ditch windows, but not in favor of Linux, but in favor of Mac.

I don't ride my bike to work, although I could, because it's fairly distant and my car is much faster at getting me there as it's designed for the roads I need to travel. Not that linux in all aspects is the bike, but in relation to graphical design and architectural tools, Mac sets the standard.

Now, if you were running a server, or using a typical desktop, I'd give you a million reasons and application alternative to run Linux instead of windows.



andse 12-03-2006 02:50 AM

Thanks allot for all the answers. The coop between Suse and Microsoft sounds promising, but i'll rather wait some time and see how that ends.

As for the Mac/PC debate then it's true that Mac is in front considdering graffical work, exept in the field of and architecht. Some architecture-software is not out for Mac. Besides (this will really sound silly) i'm more against Mac, than Microsoft (talking about monopolly).

matthewg42 12-03-2006 01:55 PM

Hi Andse, and welcome to LQ.

I hear a lot of graphic artists who say The Gimp is OK, but not quite there as a replacement for Photoshop. I'm not in a position to judge - I only ever played with photoshop briefly many years ago, and I'm really not doing that much graphics stuff.

You may be able to do what you want to do using free software, although you might have to combine the use of more than one program, so example using inkscape for vector art, and gimp for bitmap art and post-processing. There's rarely a 100% drop-in replacement for any one tool, but by being flexible in how you work you can almost always accomplish good results.

To my mind, the first thing to do is try out a liveCD, for which you don't need to install anything (bear in mind it'll be very slow running from CD).

In you think there's something of promise after playing with a LiveCD, do a backup, and install as dual boot. After playing about for a bit, set yourself a goal like doing everything in Linux for a week or a month. To start with it'll be frustrating moving to apps which you don't have experience with, but if you can break through that initial frustration, you might find everything you need, and in the long run save yourself a whole pile of cash into the bargain.

There are some real gems in the Linux way of doing things, although they're not always immediately apparent to start with. There are some pitfalls too, like farting about with 3d graphics drivers. These are fairly minor hurdles though. If you're having troubles, we're here to help.

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