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Dual Boot Considerations

Nov 17, 2011, 17:59
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Dual Boot Considerations
OK, I'm not a power user, but am wanting to move up and take my photo processing more seriously. I've been using an HP laptop running Vista. To date, the only plug-ins (if that can be the correct term) I have attempted to install are UFRaw, and Resynthesizer. UFRaw installed without a hitch, but even after multiple attempts with multiple builds I was not able to get Resynthesizer to function properly. (Note: My question is not related to Resynthesizer). I am now looking at building a dual monitor, dual boot (win7, & Linux) desktop geared toward photo processing.

I have only used Microsoft as an OS, multiple versions of Windows, and before that, MSDOS. Moving to Linux, at least to me, is a very scary proposition and I have a lot of stupid questions…

My main question is what to tell the guys building the new machine? Not so much the nuts and bolts hardware stuff, but more the Version of Linux that works best with GIMP, dual boot considerations, or other Linux issues that I do not even know enough about to even begin to list.

Also:
I am considering Linux solely so that GIMP run more smoothly. If this is not the case please let me know.
Is a dual boot system worth the hassle? In other words, are the plug-ins just as buggy on the Linux side as they seem to be on the Win side of things? If they are, then I will run with what I am familair
In a dual boot setup, can Windows access files in the Linux boot side, and vice-versa?
Are the plug-ins as version dependent for Linux as they seem to be for Windows (XP, Vista, Win7 – 32 or 64 bit, etc…)
What other issues am I likely to encounter that I have not listed?

Thanx, & sorry for the stupidity,
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Nov 17, 2011, 18:47
Post: #2
RE: Dual Boot Considerations
(Nov 17, 2011 17:59)DailyLunatic Wrote:  OK, I'm not a power user, but am wanting to move up and take my photo processing more seriously. I've been using an HP laptop running Vista. To date, the only plug-ins (if that can be the correct term) I have attempted to install are UFRaw, and Resynthesizer. UFRaw installed without a hitch, but even after multiple attempts with multiple builds I was not able to get Resynthesizer to function properly. (Note: My question is not related to Resynthesizer). I am now looking at building a dual monitor, dual boot (win7, & Linux) desktop geared toward photo processing.

I have only used Microsoft as an OS, multiple versions of Windows, and before that, MSDOS. Moving to Linux, at least to me, is a very scary proposition and I have a lot of stupid questions…

My main question is what to tell the guys building the new machine? Not so much the nuts and bolts hardware stuff, but more the Version of Linux that works best with GIMP, dual boot considerations, or other Linux issues that I do not even know enough about to even begin to list.
Your first decision is to pickup a "distribution" (aka "distro), ie, a properly packaged/maintained Linux. IMHO, the ones most suited to beginners (ie, hassle-free) are Ubuntu and Mint (I use Ubuntu). As long as you avoid bleeding-edge hardware there shouldn't be any problems. Also, for reasons to long to expound here, Linux prefers NVidia to ATI graphics.

(Nov 17, 2011 17:59)DailyLunatic Wrote:  Also:
I am considering Linux solely so that GIMP run more smoothly. If this is not the case please let me know.
I'm an ex-Windows user and I don't find that Gimp runs more smoothly on Linux (I used the gimp-win installers on Windows). The whole system runs a lot more smoothly, though.

(Nov 17, 2011 17:59)DailyLunatic Wrote:  Is a dual boot system worth the hassle? In other words, are the plug-ins just as buggy on the Linux side as they seem to be on the Win side of things? If they are, then I will run with what I am familair
Buggy or hard to install? Remember, Gimp is a collaborative effort. lugin authors usually answer questions and bug reports. And Windows users are 80% of the Gimp user base, so thye have some incentive to make sure their stuff runs, but they have ti be told when not.

(Nov 17, 2011 17:59)DailyLunatic Wrote:  In a dual boot setup, can Windows access files in the Linux boot side, and vice-versa?
Linux has no problem reading/writing NTFS or FAT partitions, but Windows will superbly ignore all the Linux filesystems (extfs, reiserfs...). So put the shared stuff on an NTFS partition.

(Nov 17, 2011 17:59)DailyLunatic Wrote:  Are the plug-ins as version dependent for Linux as they seem to be for Windows (XP, Vista, Win7 – 32 or 64 bit, etc…)
Not as far as I know (besides the 32/64 debate)

(Nov 17, 2011 17:59)DailyLunatic Wrote:  What other issues am I likely to encounter that I have not listed?
Your old Windows habits on a Linux system Smile

This said, dual-boot isn't a very livable solution, it's really like having two computers, but being unable to have them on both at the same time. Linux people use "Wine" to run Windows software (this runs some versions of Photoshop very well...), or, for the bad cases, a "Virtual Box" in which they install Windows.

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Dec 1, 2011, 05:09
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RE: Dual Boot Considerations
I'd suggest giving linux a try regardless. You'll probably find you end up preferring it to Windows after a little while if you give it a serious try.

You can try different versions of linux by just using a "Live CD" - with that, the whole operating system runs off the CD/DVD, without touching your hard drive. Great for seeing how things will look and work. Just be aware that it will be a lot slower than running off the hard drive. Going for dual boot is a great option.

I'm no gimp expert, but a quick check of distrowatch showed the popular distros as coming with gimp 2.6.11, so I think you should be able to pick the linux distro you prefer based on other considerations - look & feel etc. Ubuntu as previously suggested is a good newbie friendly distro, as is Mint. Mint is also closer to your windows experience so you may wish to look at that. Your cost will be a blank CD/DVD and a download, so try them both if you have time :-)
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