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Linux Orbit: Making Linux Work in the Workplace: GIMP vs. Photoshop

Oct 14, 2000, 12:08 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terril West)

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"Very slowly, Microsoft's python-esque grip on the office desktop is loosening. Several viable alternatives are making their way to the market. Not just the operating systems alone, but actual applications as well. The focus of this series of articles will mainly be on Linux, and its viability as an end-user platform. Linux has almost always had a place in the back-office, quietly humming away, running servers for years on end without needing a reboot. But now, with Microsoft's fees and upgrade cycle eating away at IT budgets like locusts descending upon Egypt, the market demands an alternative. This is where the Linux desktop comes into play."

"Let's turn our attention to the department that will probably put up the most resistance against converting, the art department. The vast majority of art departments worldwide run on MacOS, a favorite among the creativity crowd. Converting them to penguinistas will not be easy, their fealty runs deep. To convert them, you must impress them thoroughly, leaving little room for complaining. The pride and joy of this crowd is Adobe's Photoshop, an all-in-one, ultra-powerful, photo editing software. The Open Source equivalent is the GNU Image Manipulation Program (or The GIMP), which is a very Photoshop like photo editor. While both have their own strengths and weaknesses, they stack up fairly well against each other. Now, let the games begin!"

"With its Photoshop like interface and many terrific filters, the GIMP has pulled a mild upset. While many of the edges are rough, it is only a short time until this photo editor has its day in the sun. As development continues, there can be only improvement on what is already a solid foundation. This sort of victory could not be possible without the fact that this software is free. Photoshop has a cleaner interface, better integration with other powerhouse products, and is still the only choice for print media, but the steep asking price and continual upgrade cycle (read: approximately $200.00 every 18 months) was enough to turn the vote in favor of the GIMP."

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