For many years photography and linux have not been the best friends. But it seems, as if this has changed.

This week I did something which seemed impossible until now. I kicked Windows.

No more XP/64, no more 7/64. Go figure.

DigiKam 1.4

Finally there are linux-replacements for the have-to-have-apps like Adobe PS and LR. Now I use Digikam (currently 1.4, see screenshot above) to manage/edit all my photos, Gimp (2.7, devel) as additional editing-software and also Krita, which has some potential. And the Kipi-plugins are a real time-saver for re-occuring tasks.

The 8-bit-barrier has been overcome by Digikam and Krita, which both can handle 16-bit-files. And I am sure that it is only a question of time, until Gimp can too. This was a big step ahead. Also the handling of RAW-files has become very easy – as well as implementing color-profiles. Now I can say, that there is hardly a reason – at least for even ambitious amateurs – to shell out lots of money for commercial products. On a sidenote: This is also true for video-editing. My recommendation: KDEnlive…

During the years I had many linux-distributions on my HD, but there is one that I always come back to. So… there must be a reason ;) It is Arch/64.  Hard to beat speed-wise and there are tons of fresh apps for any purpose you can think of.

If you want an overview on what the alternatives for bread-and-butter-apps on windows are, I suggest that you have a look at this site.

ps. When I said, there is no more windows, this was not all true. I still run xp/32 in a virtual machine eventually, as there is one program I could not replace: Nokia PC Suite. I need it to sync my mobile phone. But this is easy and works well.

In case you’re interested…

– Very comprehensive article by Nathan Willis