Adobe Photoshop and Premier may be coming to Linux!

March 23, 2011

People have for a long time not switched to Linux because there is no Adobe Photoshop or Premier available for Linux, programs which have become pretty much standard in the Graphics & Multimedia industry. But this may soon all change…

A discussion and request for the Adobe Creative Suite (including Photoshop) on Linux has been going on here for quite some time.

Recently Adobe Employee Carey Burgess stated “The request is now most definitely on the radar of our engineering teams, so it [Linux version] can be considered for future development.”

Adobe now would like anyone who wants Adobe Creative Suite Products such as Photoshop & Premier to be produced for Linux to fill out a Feature request form. He also stated that you must “submit a request [form] for each product that you would like to see developed for Linux. (If you want them all, then show it by submitting one for each product)”.

So go ahead fill out a few forms…just make sure you stress that you “want the product for Linux”.  🙂

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Ubuntu 11.04: an Ubuntu release like no other.

November 10, 2010

Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) will be very different from all previous versions. The moment you start it up you’ll see a difference, the user interface will now be Unity which makes the desktop look very different then it has in previous versions. I very much like the new Unity interface, and I think it will give Ubuntu a much better chance with competing with Windows and the Mac OS X as an operating system. But if you don’t like it you can switch back to the old interface.

Ubuntu 11.04 will also include some new default applications:
– LibreOffice will be the new default office suite, replacing OpenOffice. It was created by some of the main developers of OpenOffice. It is almost identical to OpenOffice but is expected to have better compatibility and performance with Microsoft Office 2007/2010 formats than OpenOffice does.
– Firefox 4 will remain the default browser in Ubuntu for this release anyway.
– Banshee will be the new default music player for Ubuntu 11.04. It probably the closest program to iTunes that is available for Linux. However it is programed in Mono (the open source version of Microsoft .NET infrastructure) which some people hate, but the average user won’t even know or care anyway.
– It was proposed that Thunderbird replace Evolution as the default mail client but the developers have decided against it for 11.04 because Thunderbird needs some work before it would be ready and most of the time will be spent on developing the new user interface. Evolution will remain default for now but Ubuntu is looking for to including Thunderbird in the future.

Also Natty will include Global Menus, a feature which is only really found in the Mac OSX. Basically it put the menus normally found on the top of a window into the top panel instead. If you are unsure of what a global menu is check here, the image should provide you with the idea of Global menus.

All these changes make Ubuntu 11.04 a Linux distro to look forward. Although many of these changes are very controversial, I think Ubuntu 11.04 will prove to be a successful release (and maybe even because of these changes).


Shoutcast removed in VLC 1.1

October 30, 2010

Many people are upgrading to the newest versions of their favorite distros and wondering where the Shoutcast Radio and TV lisings are in the latest version of VLC media player. For example Ubuntu 10.10 was released a few weeks ago and many users have upgraded from 10.04. Ubuntu 10.04 had VLC 1.0.6 which had Shoutcast, but Ubuntu 10.10 has VLC 1.1.4 and is missing Shoutcast.

The reason for this is Shoutcast was removed from VLC starting with version 1.1.0. AOL basically forced VLC to drop Shoutcast. They wanted VLC to either comply with the Shoutcast license or remove Shoutcast from VLC. VLC could not comply with the license and had to remove Shoutcast. VLC is talking with AOL and looking for a solution which would let them again integrate Shoutcast into VLC again.


How to run Homeschool Tracker on Linux (or Mac)

October 18, 2010

Here is how to run the latest version of Homeschool Tracker on a Linux operating system.

> Homeschool Tracker Basic
1. download and install the latest version of Wine (Mac users see here)

2. Once Wine is installed: Open Terminal, paste the command “wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks” and hit enter.

3. when that is complete, paste this command an hit enter: “sh winetricks dotnet20”. Accept any licence agreements and stuff that it wants you to.

4. and lastly paste this command an hit enter: “sh winetricks mdac28 jet40”. Same thing for licence agreements.

5. Now download Homeschool Tracker Basic

6. run the Homeschool Tracker .exe that you have just downloaded. Accept the License Agreement and choose your options.

7. Install will finish. Now all you have to do is run Homeschool Tracker, the icon should be on your Desktop or your Applications menu.

Homeschool Tracker Plus
1. download and install the latest version of Wine (Mac users see here)

2. Once Wine is installed: Open Terminal, paste the command “wget http://www.kegel.com/wine/winetricks” and hit enter.

3. when that is complete, paste this command an hit enter: “sh winetricks dotnet20 dotnet35 msxml16 gdiplus gecko vcrun2005 ie6 vcrun2010 mdac28 jet40 corefonts” Accept any licence agreements and stuff that it wants you to.

4. Install your copy of Homeschool Tracker Plus by running the .exe  It will install.

5. Open “Configure Wine” from your wine menu. Add the Homeschool Tracker executable (it should be located at /home/”your user name”/.wine/drive_c/Program Files/TGHome/HSPlanner/HSPMain.exe) and set it’s version to Windows Vista.

I tested this on Ubuntu 10.10 with Wine 1.3.5. I can not guaranty the same results on other distributions or configurations although they “should” work the same.

Note: When using all the above commands do not include the “”.