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Heracles
11-03-2004, 01:59 PM
I'm sorry if this question has been asked before but I'm looking at upgrading my computer at the moment.

The operating system options are Windows XP and Linux Redhat, the price difference is... significant.

I have Adobe Photoshop and I was wondering if it would run in Linux.

Actually I'd probably want to know everything about Linux in regards to its use in a standard computer operation.

Would SolidWorks run in Linux?

I guess when all is said and done just using Windows would save a lot of hassles. However I do find Linux intriguing.

bmason
11-03-2004, 02:29 PM
> I have Adobe Photoshop and I was wondering if it
> would run in Linux.

Yes and no. Linux is a different OS so windows apps will not run on it natively. But there is a project called WINE which provides a compatibilty layer to run some windows apps. And if you don't mind paying Codeweavers (http://www.codeweavers.com/site/products/) make crossover office which lets photoshop & ms office run on linux.

> Would SolidWorks run in Linux?

It might be supported by WINE or crossover office, but probably not.

> I guess when all is said and done just using Windows
> would save a lot of hassles. However I do find Linux
> intriguing.

Although windows has hassles too, mainly in the form of viruses & spyware. You could always dual-boot windows & linux. It won't save you the cost of XP, but would avoid compatability problems and allow you to still play with linux.

metla
11-03-2004, 03:13 PM
xp is reasobly priced,if bought at the same time as the hardware it will cost about $150.

I would suggest going with XP and as already been said,dual booting with linux.

Once you have gotten comfertable with linux then you could think about making it your main OS,but i wouldnt suggest just ditching wiondows and relying on linux without previous experience.

JohnD
11-03-2004, 03:25 PM
My personal preference is for software that is designed to run on Linux natively - I presume you have looked at The GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/) as a (sort of) Photoshop replacement.

It depends on how you look at it (and how much spare time you have). If you want to learn Linux fast, you can't beat going cold turkey so you cannot boot back to Windows!

Chilling_Silently
11-03-2004, 05:10 PM
Do you mean this SolidWorks:
http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?appId=318

This may also be of interest:
http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?appId=17

I agree with trying Gimp (You can have both Gimp and Photoshop on the PC, its not going to hurt you :p)

Apparently Photoshop will work fine without Windows.

Not quite so sure about your CAD app, but try out some of the natice Linux apps and see if they'll suit your needs :-)

Cheers


Chill.

Heracles
12-03-2004, 09:21 PM
Thank you all.

mejobloggs
13-03-2004, 04:56 PM
Stick with Windows for those programs.

You have solidworks? Wow! I used that at Uni, and they said it costs $15 000!!

Very nice prgram though

Chilling_Silence
13-03-2004, 04:58 PM
> Stick with Windows for those programs.

Can I ask why?

mejobloggs
13-03-2004, 10:01 PM
I was just thinking, if it is the $15 000 solidworks I am thinking of, and heracles gets linux, and cant get it working properly, he might be slightly annoyed.

Maybe it would be better to test it out first, just to make sure.

That was about my only reason. Saving money not buying Windows could have been a problem if your expensive program does not work

Go ahead with linux if you can get solidworks to work