Re-entering the world of Linux

About a month ago I made the attempt to jump into the wild world of Linux. And while my heart was in the right place (“Screw you Bill Gates!”) I was lacking the skill. And honestly I didn’t sit around looking very long.

Since I’ve worked for Ionx Holding I realized a few things. Mostly that you can run a virtual machine in Linux.

See, my problem with Linux was it’s inability to run Adobe products well. Since I’m a professional designer I couldn’t go from the power and might of Photoshop to the limp and weak Gimp (aptly named, eh?).

However, I found a great article over at LifeHacker today that gave me great hope (and a co-worker pointed out VirtualBox will work wonders).

Run Windows Apps Seamlessly Inside Linux
You love working inside your Linux desktop, but at the most inconvenient times you've got to reboot into Windows—whether to open a tricky Office file, try out a Windows application, or even just play a quick game. However, with some free tools and a Windows installation disk, you can have Windows apps running right on your Linux desktop and sharing the same desktop files. It's relatively painless, it takes only a little bit longer than a Windows XP install, and it works just like virtualizing Windows on a Mac with Parallels Coherence—except it's free. Here's how to set up Windows inside VirtualBox, and then get Windows apps running seamlessly inside your desktop.

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See, I’m trying this out on my desk top. My laptop will keep me happily floating along while I do this … and really I’m using Wubu right now to test my theory out. If it doesn’t work out, I delete Wubu and all is well.

So, fingers cross and away we go!

Update: After a rather painless procedure I successfully have Adobe Photoshop CS4 installed in a virtual machine on a Linux OS. So basically, I have Photoshop running in Linux .. and it was EASY! I’m quite excited about that!


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