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" is my creative work daily driver, on 95% and tools. A few years ago it was the opposite, I was on 95% proprietary tools. It is often said that you cannot be on Linux if you do work for a living, but I have transitioned across the last few years and love it. With the advances in software the workflows just keep getting better and better. This collection shows some snapshots of my setup and how I use it."

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@freedcreative this is very pleasant! i haven't heard of LMMS, it looks like a good tool to reach for the next time I am feeling musically creative.

@freedcreative
I have alternatives for everything except Adobe. Adobe software is the only reason I am still forced to use Windows 10. There just aren't any products on Linux that can yet compete with software like Adobe InDesign and Adobe XD. I truly hope that one day I can finally get rid of Windows 10 once and for all.

@potato_cat I get it, it's very difficult. I had to make a long string of decisions over a period of time that changed the nature of the work I do in order to get this far.

That said, I did manage to no longer depend on Adobe, even if still on Windows, through using Affinity software and Figma.

IMO Figma is a superior application than XD in every area except prototyping. And I've preferred Affinity Designer & Photo over their Adobe counterparts, and hear their Publisher app is just as good.

@freedcreative @potato_cat

I guess that's inevitable at some level. Once you change your tools, your outcome or the way you work will have to change.
I endure some pains while working with Scribus because I value software freedom higher than convenience, which is the reason I switched, not because I could do everything exactly in the same way that I did with InDesign, something that I'm afraid will never happen.

@tagomago @potato_cat A huge part of it for me has been gradually increasing how independent my work is. When I control the whole work flow I very rarely have to touch proprietary software.

@freedcreative @potato_cat

Yeah, actually that's true for me too. Which I guess shows how nonfree software has been imposed from the top down over the years.

@potato_cat Figma can be used on Linux via the browser, and there's a volunteer made app called figma-linux for the desktop. Also, keep an eye out for AkiraUX which aims to be the Linux native option for UI design.

@freedcreative
Thank you for your reply!,

I have been gradually shifting to Figma as well, the main hiccup for me is Illustrator and InDesign. I did try to shift to working via a Virtual Machine but unfortunately along with the costs of Adobe, its a bit too much for me to afford at the moment.

However I won't give up on Linux and I will definitely go back to working via a VM once I can afford it.

Thank you for suggesting AkiraUX, I will definitely be following its progress!.

@potato_cat It comes down to exact workflow of course, but I found Affinity Designer to be better than Illustrator in many ways. Even Figma has some pretty decent vector editing tools in there. And when Inkscape gets GPU support we're really gonna have a competition - it's a lot stronger than is obvious at first.

I also tried going via a VM but found that GPU passthrough was pretty essential. I got that running, but it was pretty involved and seemed like the juice wasn't worth the squeeze.

@freedcreative
And I have also been using Affinity Photo lately, I am so glad that there are now more viable options against them!.

@freedcreative nice one! 👏

regular feedback on my linux posts is "would like move to but cannot do creative x...."

@markosaric Me too, and that was me for a long time also.

I think a big part of it is a lot of the really good functionality isn't immediately obvious in Linux based software. It's only when you start digging you realise just how much is there.

I'm planning to make a load of tutorials and courses to try and help on that front. There's still more features a lot of people will need before they can jump, but I think many of us miss several things we already can do just for not knowing about them.

@freedcreative makes sense. discovery is a big thing always. many people don't want to do "the work" so it needs to be made easy for them. that's one thing proprietary software in general does better than open source but it can be changed!

@markosaric And it is changing I think. For a long time you had small teams of hard working programmers who didn't really have anyone to help with the UI side of things, which is of course a whole field of expertise in itself.

But that's changing now that teams are starting to get more support and contribution. Just look at the UI improvements in Blender, it's like a whole new program.

@freedcreative exactly! and this was in part my motivation to write the post i published yesterday on open source funding plausible.io/blog/open-source-

@markosaric Great post, I feel the same way on all points.

Another aspect to it as well, I think, is how messed up it is that we're conditioned to think money should only go towards those who hoard and restrict in order to better monetise, and that it should not go towards those who share and prioritise people and community?

I feel that part of that conditioning actually comes from said hoarders tbh. Contributing to community is "charity" or "philanthropy" not "real work" or "proper business".

@freedcreative nice! there's also the amazing artist David Revoy @davidrevoy who also does creative things on Linux, mostly with Krita.

@cadence @davidrevoy @freedcreative yeah it's nice to see artists who use open source software to do most of their work, especially when the norm is to use adobe on a mac

@freedcreative Nice! Do you have your VIM config in a repo or anywhere public?

@chris Thanks!

I do, it's still a bit messy though. Some things commented out that I haven't decided whether to keep, or haven't fully learned.

But for what it's worth!

codeberg.org/FreedCreative/Kez

I switched to Neovim about a month ago so the init.vim is a bit more recent than the .vimrc.

@freedcreative Thanks! I'm still on VSCodium. Been debating on giving VIM another shot for a host of reasons. This will help.

@chris I was on VSCodium too before jumping over. I'll admit it was not smooth sailing and took me several attempts, but totally worth it, I couldn't be happier to have stuck it out.

I found this video pretty helpful on ways to set things up to feel a bit more familiar: invidio.us/watch?v=gnupOrSEikQ

@freedcreative i was always put off by linux because i thought that you couldn't do any creative work on it (especially for a living). i might switch over to linux and give all of these a try

@rozina They're super great, I love them.

That said though, a dual boot system is the way to go for the transition I think. It's a pretty major paradigm shift and it helps to take your time with it so you don't feel pressured.

@freedcreative i think i might install ubuntu and have a dual boot system, but i'm not sure if i need to have an external hard drive (i.e. a usb) in order to actually boot linux (because ideally, i don't want to use an external hard drive to use it, but if i have to, at least i've got one lying around)

@freedcreative nope. i'm currently using windows at the moment

@rozina Oh cool, I was just gonna suggest ElementaryOS if coming from a Mac as that really helped me when I made the leap.

Yeah the typical process is to put the ISO for the distro you want onto a USB and then boot to it, which starts a live preview, and you install from there. There are other ways but they're more complex afaik.

After the install you won't need the USB anymore though.

It's also a good way to preview a couple of different distros before you pick the one you want to install.

@freedcreative @rozina a good USB writer program for windows is Rufus, I believe.

I suggest looking up videos of people using distros that you're interested in so you can see how the UI works and if you like it or not.

@cadence @rozina Yeah, and different distros usually recommend a USB writing program that works well with their ISO, and give instructions on the live boot / install process.

@rozina @freedcreative you'll need a usb stick to boot it but you shouldn't need it again once it's up and running (though it's useful to have as a rescue tool if you break something in the boot process)

@freedcreative also, if creative coding is your cup of tea, you should definitely check out processing since that's a foss tool and available on linux

@freedcreative I thankfully moved to Google's office suite (!) shortly before I moved to Linux initially for shits and giggles. I now use Linux 99% of the time (uses way less CPU and disk bandwidth, and has beautiful package management). Can't wait to find good alternatives for writing documents! :blobmiou:

@freedcreative Initially I found LO ugly, but I'm warming up to it. (There's also an experimentall ribbon interface, so that helped)

My main pet peeve with LO right now is the math tool. I think it uses LaTeX, while most other math input tools use Wolfram Alpha syntax (which I find more intuitive). Other than that and a couple of bad defaults, it's definitely usable.

@Parnikkapore I've had the same experience with LO. At first it felt very old school, but you get used to it, and it can be spruced up pretty nicely with a good system theme.

Interesting to hear about the ins and outs of math tools, as I've never had to use them before. Happy to hear the LO option gets you underway!

For document writing I think I'm actually gradually floating towards just using Emacs and Vim, something unexpected. Lots more setup work but the typing experience is just so good.

@freedcreative For me, Markdown is a lot faster to type than using a word processor. :blobmiou:

@Parnikkapore Same. (Though I'm starting to prefer org-mode format even more).

All I want to setup now is a really good way to organise individual documents, perhaps something like the way Scrivener works where it's basically just a useful interface over a bunch of folders and text files.

@freedcreative Next step is using free/libre system distributions, since these use #LinuxLibre (free/libre) instead of #Linux (non-free) .

@adfeno I'm working on it! Once my video editing process is 100% transferred to Kdenlive / Blender / Olive I'll be able to use open GPU drivers again.

And there's definitely a machine in my future with fully open firmware, just as soon as is practicable.

@adfeno Why thank you sir. 🙂

So how far along the road to 100% libre have you managed to get so far?

@freedcreative … or any free/libre system distribution, regardless of kernel and operating system, like #Replicant.

@freedcreative it's great, that you did replacement of your working enviroment!

I dream to do it, but can't switch to Linux right now, until tied to construction industry tools for Windows to do creative architecture work.

@yarvanok Yes, unfortunately CAD and probably desktop publishing remain the most difficult areas to handle on Linux.

It was quite hard for my field(s) for some time too, so my approach was just to dual boot and try to spend as much time on my preferred system as possible, gradually increasing the time as the tools improved.

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