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Completely opensource on windows

Well, that was it; Besides the windows operating system; I am completely opensource (work and home).

My last application was Adobe Photoshop. I just gave up and went for Gimp after I lost my CD and didn't feel like looking
for it.

OpenOffice, Gimp, MySQL vs MS Office, Photoshop, SQLServer
that was the toughest competition.

....just thought I would share.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
January 17th, 2006
I have been doing that for awhile (Minus games). Emacs, Gimp, Mingw, Ruby, Python, Firefox.
Permalink IMesh 
January 17th, 2006
Oops, platform SDK is not open source.
Permalink IMesh 
January 17th, 2006
Too bad the only open source recording & sequencing programs aren't quite up to snuff. But they're getting there. Audacity is actually pretty decent, and works with a bunch of free plugins, I think I would be OK with just that if I was doing straight recording. I saw Garageband today, and it looked like it had a good sequencer in it. I don't know if it comes with the Mac or if you have to buy it, though, either way it's not free or open source.

I'm just happy there's a version of ProTools that works with Reason.

I tried open office back when it was Star Office and it was so-so (before they ripped the Viso & something else out of it). It tended to completely take over your UI, but I suspect it's much better now.

I haven't tried GIMP, but then, I don't really like Photoshop.
Permalink MarkTAW 
January 17th, 2006
For Philo:

Note: I don't mean this as some Microsoft bashing thread. I like Windows and Microsoft software(as well as the unix world). But, there is something said for just downloading any open application you need to, instanly; as opposed to worrying about licenses, CDs, shady install programs. Especially because I am upgrading these new machines I have.

Actually, the off-the-shelf world always seems frustrating (all commercial boxed software included). It is always fun to see developers scramble for that lost CD package or license file.

"Where is the CD?, I thought you had it? Huh, great we have to reorder it(2 weeks lost)"

For the greedy commercial person in me. I can see how a MSDN style licensing is under-utilized. That is the way commercial software should work. I don't mind paying for it, but being able to get quickly get to a download or install is almost a necessity.
Permalink Bot Berlin 
January 17th, 2006
GIMP is worth a try. It has two draw backs:
- the UI & menu structure are a maze
- the UI translation sucks, at least in dutch

For the rest: more than your money's worth ;)
Permalink Geert-Jan Thomas 
January 17th, 2006
"I don't mind paying for it, but being able to get quickly get to a download or install is almost a necessity."

You'd think that, wouldn't you?

Obviously, I have full access to MSDN (and internal license-free builds of everything)

Know what? This job is the first time my DVD collection is organized and labeled, because downloading an install is a PITA.

Philo [MSFT]
Permalink Philo 
January 17th, 2006
There's a hacked version of GIMP that rejigs the menus so they better resemble Photoshop, but it doesn't fix the horrendous UI...

Mark, depending on what you want to do sequencing-wise, you may find some joy with MODPlug; it's an old-skool tracker (so doesn't work like a true sequencer), but it supports VST plugins, is open source, and fairly mature. (It crashes every time I close it, but that's largely irrelevant.)
Permalink Mat Hall 
January 17th, 2006

This topic was orginally posted to the off-topic forum of the
Joel on Software discussion board.

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