Disclaimer: The topic is only partly technical but not intended as a technical blog entry, I’m just sharing my experience using this Desktop program and operating system.
My entry way back July 06 of 2014 I Should have done this a long time ago. I was talking about my bucket list. I bought my new laptop today an ACER E5-471-339F – the liquid blue color and I love it! The challenging part though is adjusting the navigation design of Linux Ubuntu 14.04 -which I am apparently not very familiar of using. Tap! tap! mistakes here and there, I am so careful not to accidentally delete something out of impatience and clumsiness. I am not a huge earner, but I was so eager to replace my old laptop that I made big compromises (measured based on my spending capacity.) To console myself for possibly becoming down and out for the next few months, I reminded myself that at least, I have achieved one of my 5 goals. I’m a happy 🙂 kid!
Using the latest Linux Ubuntu has pros and cons, what I like about it is its “aero” design, it’s almost like the MAC OS with its candy-like icons on the navigation pane. Though the MAC OS imitation isn’t as close as the Linux Pear OS 8, but it still has its cool desktop environment (same as the other Linux versions.) I was supposed to install the Linux Ubuntu Studio 13.10 because it was created for graphic design and photography. Too bad I didn’t enough have time to find its installer, so I ended up with Ubuntu 14.04. I have prepared myself for the possible difficulties I may encounter using this desktop program, just like not being able to use Skype and the Picasa Editing tool. Unfortunately, Skype does not have a Linux Ubuntu 14.4 version yet, and Google officially dropped Picasa for Linux. Unless I would undergo a series of risky attempts to download it, like using WINE to make it run under Linux etc. I might need to learn how to do such alternative first, integrating latest version of Linux with Picasa would be a trial and error.
But again, I am happy. Linux is worth a try in spite of its challenging system settings. I hope Google will reconsider supporting Linux again for Picasa editing tool. Anyway, my sadness didn’t last because I found two alternative image processing software that are compatible with Linux Ubuntu 14.04. It has an impressive photo editing support, lighting adjustments, color management, blur filter tools and other intelligent functions. Rawtherapee and Darktable are both a great head start for amateurs in photography like me. Using these image processing software are like getting some of the Adobe Photoshop and Corel features for free. It requires patience to learn how to use it because the features aren’t easy to navigate and understand at first. In spite of the very technical editing terminologies and its functions, so far I survived using it and I’m doing well experimenting with its arty effects.
Both are extremely competent with desirable features, but my current observation using both software is based on the ease of use. I have to say Darktable has a user-friendly interface, I like the thumbnail slides at the bottom which makes it easier to select. But when it comes to response, I like Rawtherapee better. I am using Linux ubuntu 14.04 and I noticed that Darktable snags more often than Rawtherapee. Also, I like the level controls in Rawtherapee. Anyway, there are still other image processing software I want to try such as Lightzone though I am not sure if it has a Linux version. You should try Linux Ubuntu 14.04, it has that has quite a lot to offer. I love the more polished desktop design, Linux gives you the worry-free feeling because it rarely gets affected by viruses and malware. There are a very few malware for this program, this explains why I switched from Windows to Linux.