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Old 04-24-2007, 10:49 AM   #1
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linux based data bases

i previously had a debian based machine but wasn't computer savvy enough to make it work for all my applications so i went back to xp. i'm now considering trying ubunto (sic). i have 2 questions: is there a database available that could import my access db's and people have found to be user friendly and is there an equivalent to adobe acrobat and photoshop? thanks very much in advance.
Old 04-24-2007, 11:11 AM   #2
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I migrated everything I had in Access to MySQL. Some may say that MySQL may be overkill, but it works and it works well. It was two step process that used this VBA module not written by me. The instructions can be found in the header.

The equivalent to Adobe Acrobat Reader is Adobe Acrobat Reader unless you're using a "pure" 64-bit OS. The latest version available for UNIX/Linux is 7.0.9. If you mean Adobe Acrobat (many people incorrectly refer to the reader as simply Acrobat, so I'm just trying to cover the bases), I'm not sure there is an exact equivalent. With Ghostscript installed, many Linux programs will create pdf files. I use the OpenOffice Export to pdf function and the results are pretty darn good. Here's an example.

The GIMP is the closest FLOSS alternative to Photoshop that I am aware of. However, the GIMP isn't a replacement for Photoshop in professional settings. That is based entirely on what I've been told by someone who is a professional graphic artist so please don't flame me. For the things I use the GIMP to do (edit/create an, it more than powerful enough.

There is also Pixel, but it costs something like $40. That's a small savings over Photoshop though. :P

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