I'm working towards doing my main home workstation totally microsoft free.
The first step was chancing to OpenOffice, which I really enjoy. But I'm still running W2K.
What I need:
- A good email program. I'm currently using The Bat! and PopFile for spam filter.
- Graphics program. Currently using PhotoShop and PaintShopPro.
- php Development enviroment. Currently using HomeSite.
- Borland Delphi
- Video/TV capture software. I've a All-in-wonder Radeon card.
- A p2p program that works. Currently using eMule.
- An IM. Currently using Trillian.
So I did my first testing today. I downloaded and bootet on a Knoppix 3.2 CD. That worked supprisingly well. Lot's of software on that CD with lots of options. Definitly a CD that's going to say in my toolbox cd box (that I always carry with me).
There was a few problems. Mainly no sound and when I tried to play a divx it failed after a couple of seconds (with out warning or error message the window disappeared).
As to my software need list:
- Email: There should be lots of options. I don't really need all the (extreme) number options in the bat, now I can use popFile to do most of the filtering.
- Graphics: This is going to hurt. I've tried The Gimp for windows and frankly it sucks big time.
- php Dev. There should be good things out there. I just havn't tried them. Most important is good editiong, syntax highlight and projekt management.
- Delphi. Yrh. I develop (at work) for windows and sometimes I need to work at home. Can't really see a solution in this. Kylix isn't a solution as rewriting all the old applications to clx is impossible.
- All-in-wonder support: I got no idea if this is possible.
- eMule: I think that this exists.
- IM: This must exsist.