The operating system….
For a considerable time I have been less than happy with Windows as an operating system.
With the advent of Windows 8 & 8.1, both of which were pitched at the tablet and mobile user and having to use a third-party menu system such as Classic Shell, which I have to say is a really nice piece of software, seemed to indicate that there was a quantum shift happening in the OS world with less emphasis placed on the Desktop & Laptop working environment. From the outset Win 8 was beset with major issues, a lot of which were addressed in Win 8.1, and in fairness Win 8.1 was stable and not too terrible to use. Still not as user friendly as Win 7 was, but better.
Along comes Windows 10, complete with a web browser that sorted the bookmarks in reverse order, which for me a least was a major turn off. I used Win 10 ( and still do ) for over 18 months and was part of the Windows Insider program.
The single biggest issue I have had with these OS’s is their constant security breaches, hacks, malware attacks and Viruses. Having to run a Virus checker ( Avast or Avg or Nortons) costs for anything better than basic level protection, and the impact of this software in your system is certainly noticeable by the amount your system slows down whilst the scanner scans files as you open or view or any number of other operations.
When an i7 processor with 8 gig of rams starts to grind to a halt you know there has got to be something better.
And there is….
Over the past couple of years I have flirted with several different versions of Linux. Thats the thing with this OS, theres one for almost all occasions, as well as mature mainstream versions.
One of the things that have stayed my hand on making the switch permanently was not being able to run Photoscape, which is still my preferred Post Processing software, as well as Lightroom.
With the arrival of the new Kubuntu 16.04 operating system I have now made the switch and ditched Windows. I will keep a windows machine running for any online gaming that I might not be able to run, but by and large everything else is well catered for in Kubuntu.
To run Photoscape in Linux all thats required is to install Photoscape using the windows version of Photoscape. The Windows emulator will pop up and assist you with the install and if the emulator called Wine isn’t installed, its just a matter of installing from the Ubuntu Software repository and hey presto all done.
I will report any oddities or bugs as they arise and continue with more tutorials.