SIMPLIFYING MY PHOTOGRAPHY
SICK OF THE COSTLY UPGRADES
A NEEDED DISCLAIMER
Disclaimer 2: The switch-over to Linux has not been easy and I should point out to all of you that are contemplating the switch over that most Linux distro's will support most but not all of the available hardware out there. What this means is that anything modern like a new graphics chip or new input method may need some time for proper support. In other words support for the latest and greatest PC or camera hardware will not be available until some time has passed.
So if the X-Pro2 is released tomorrow and you are on Linux, you will probably be shooting Jpeg's for a long while before getting RAW support! The same thing can happen if you decide to upgrade your old PC hardware and get a new mobo with the latest chipset. So make sure you understand this limitation with the Linux system.
Also note that I am by no means a Linux power user. My experience with Linux although a long one, spanning nearly 15 years, has always been in short love-hate bursts usually lasting a couple of weeks at a time. This and the next blog post are just about my foot steps in trying to find an alternative way to use my PC.
OPERATING SYSTEM: ELEMENTARY OS FREYA
Note: If you try elementary OS and figure that a LTS (Long Term Support) distro is not for you and that maybe you would prefer the latest and greatest, then maybe you should try Kubuntu with its newer kernel and Plasma desktop.
THE RAW EDITOR
Another interesting option, if you don’t mind spending 60$, is Corel's Aftershot Pro 2. It offers a more mature and polished product compared with the open source market while offering stability, speed and nearly every function a Lightroom user would desire. In some cases it's more functional and a lot faster than Lightroom. But my big disappointment with Aftershot Pro 2 is its intentional lack of DNG support!! Plus I am not sure for how long Corel will keep the Linux version available. So my order of preference for Raw editors that support Fujifilm RAF files is:
2) Aftershot Pro 2
So does that mean I'm using Darktable as my editor of choice? No, because I'm currently using all three. As soon as I figure out my new workflow I will let you guys know.
A PHOTOSHOP REPLACEMENT
I love using elementary OS, with Geary (an E-mail client), LibreOffice Writer (a word processor), Google Chrome, and a tonne of other open source and free software which i will share with you in a couple of days in Part2 so please be patient.
Until then, try out elementary OS and let me know what you think ;-)