Archive for September 2012

Linux daily driver

As I posted previously , I was thinking about switching my newest computer I use day to day to Linux instead of Windows. Recently I did the big switch, not really that big when you consider Mac, Linux and Windows are starting to look and feel pretty similar to each other. In any case I installed the latest Linux Mint 13 about a month ago and I’m very happy. I was cautious and installed Win Xp in a Virtual machine with the programs I was already using on my Win xp, frankly I haven’t turned it on for a few weeks now. After the install I plugged in the old Win hard drive, to my surprise Linux mounted it for me without any tinkering. I can access all the windows files directly from the hard drive, sweet.

I was most worried about video production on Linux, I knew Mint takes good care installing all the video codecs, no problems there. I found WinFF which is great for any conversion between different video formats. The video editing software I like the best are Cinalerra, OpenShot and Kdenlive, in my case I like Kdenlive best. I did a couple of short videos with it that came out pretty good. The only complain is that the finer control of video and audio is not as easy as in Adobe Premier. I still have Premier on the Win Xp running in virtual machine, but I’m trying not to reach for it. The overall productivity on the desktop has gone up and one can’t beat the workspaces. With the workspaces you can group together programs your using together. Often I find myself having a browser and email in one workspace. Development tools in another and sometimes terminal, database tools in another. Things seem to be more readily available to you than in Windows. I also like the look and feel, graphics are smother and better overall.

To answer the question I was going to answer. Am I happier on Linux than Windows, do I like the switch ?
Yes, you bet ! I just can’t figure out why I didn’t switch sooner. I might have something to do with old habits. You just get used to something and you stick with it. In the past when I would install Linux on my old box there was always some tinkering under the hood. Not good for the average user that is not technically inclined. However with my Mint 13 install I have not had to tinker under the hood for anything at all, it just works !