Is anyone here using pop!_os? How's that? https://system76.com/pop
While I'm waiting, I'm thinking about everything I want to try with this laptop. Basically this laptop will be my test bed to find out whether Linux is ready to be a daily driver in a professional setting that isn't (just) about writing code.
The real OK/NOTOK test will be how it handles my #photography workflow. (cont'd)
I have two distinct parts of my #photography practice: a personal part, and a commercial part.
In the personal part, I mostly shoot film. That part is at least half covered as VueScan is available on Linux, so I expect I'll be able to drive my scanner without problems. (cont'd)
However, I use a Photoshop plugin called ColorPerfect (https://www.colorperfect.com/colorperfect.html?lang=en) to convert negative scans, and AFAIK there's no way for it to work on Linux, as I don't think Gimp is fully compatible with the Photoshop plugin spec (am I wrong?). I guess this could be partially mitigated by running Photoshop in Wine, but that kind of defeats the point of using Linux in the first place... (cont'd)
The other part of my photography practice is commercial. We go on location with a laptop, tether a big-ass medium format camera to it, and shoot few dozen gigabytes worth of pictures into Capture One. As far as I can tell, there's nothing like Capture One on Linux, and C1 itself doesn't run in Wine. So I might have to cobble together a solution. There's something called Entangle (https://entangle-photo.org/) and the gphoto2 library (http://www.gphoto.org/doc/remote/), so it could be possible in theory...
This seems to say that libgphoto2 supports tethered capture with the Fujifilm GFX 50S (our aforementioned big-ass medium format camera). That's good news! https://github.com/gphoto/libgphoto2/issues/133
It is on! #theWorkshop
Giving a try to i3 now. Feels like I'll need to spend some time customising it, but it might better suit my needs (and the low-res screen) than Gnome.
One lesson learned is that settings don't necessarily carry over from one WM to another, which makes sense. For example, I remapped my CapsLock key to Ctrl under Gnome, but this doesn't apply under i3.
I'm porting my config files, which I had created on macOS. So far the biggest hurdle, as expected, is that the user homedir is under /User on mac and under /home in Linux. For some reason shortening it to ~ in .zshrc and so on isn't acceptable.
Will have to think how to deal with that before pushing the updated version to github.
Debian buster with gnome \o/
@sexybiggetje why specifically those?
Because Debian is very stable, has great hardware support and gnome, well for me that's the most decent desktop. I don't like KDE much, and unless you want to go for a tiling desktop there isn't that much competition
@sexybiggetje Intriguing! What are some examples of tiling desktops? I’d like to read up on those.
I know of awesomewm and i3, there sure are many more of those
@sexybiggetje Thank you, I’ll look into those!
@gueorgui also check bspwm and dwm
@jere Thanks, I will!
It's a rolling release distro based on Arch.
I use Ubuntu most of the time since everything just works. I've found it fairly easy to adapt to Fedora though, you just type dnf instead of apt.
@gueorgui I used it for about a week a few months ago. It didn't feel all that different form Ubuntu 19.04, tbh. Granted, I was running pop!_os on very much not a system76 machine, and it seems that the OS is really optimized to shine on their hardware (GPU switching, etc.) -- I wouldn't dissuade someone from using it, but to my eye it seems pretty much on par with Ubuntu 19.04 with a bit of extra polish.
@eli_oat Thanks, that's helpful! What are you running instead now?
@gueorgui I run Ubuntu 19.04 pretty much everywhere these days. It isn't necessarily the most fun distro, but it has been absolutely rock-solid for me since release and it doesn't get in my way.
@eli_oat Sounds good. I tried it in a VM actually and I (stupid pet peeve alert) got a kind of visceral dislike towards the Gnome skin they use. Is there any way to revert to the stock one?
@eli_oat Thank you! I'll take a good look at those. So far it seems like Gnome is what I want to use rather than KDE or XFCE — I'm coming from the Mac and Gnome seems like the closest thing UI-wise, so I think stock Gnome is for me!
@eli_oat Thanks, that's a good looking website! Will take a closer look.
@gueorgui I've been using it for over a year now and I like it. Pop OS 18.04 LTS is stable and I have yet to experience any issues with it. I use it primarily as Plex Media server, Samba & NFS server, as well as a VM host so you're mileage may vary. If your shopping for a new Distro check out Solus.
@infection_agent I want a machine to write code on, so our use cases might be different! I might still give it a try, though.
@gueorgui I'm running Ubuntu 19.04 with i3 as a WM. It's been solid for me so far.
@gueorgui did you pick a distro?
@neauoire I'm probably going to try several. First, I'll try the latest Ubuntu, and once I have my bearings I'll experiment with the I3 window manager on it. Then I'll have a better idea of what I like and don't like, and adjust as needed.
@gueorgui I’m interested to hear how you get on since very few people are contributing code for these kinds of professional “creative” workflows.
@amdt I will post updates on here once the laptop arrives!
@amdt Honestly if Darktable *just works* that will be great. Fingers crossed!
@gueorgui I recommend Thunderbird or aerc mail, both are really full featured email clients ^^
@tomupom Thanks! I didn't know about aerc, this brings me back to the good (?) old days of reading my email in emacs 😅
@gueorgui Agree! Since I have my ThinkPad for a week now I am really pleased to type on it even though it is one of the "newer" keyboards in the ThinkPad brand, but way better than the MacBook!
@gueorgui Use $HOME, it works across macOS and most Linux distros.
@drisc Genius! Thank you.
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