Upload & Sell: On
Gimp is still around, but it is still not easy to use and its RAW handling leaves a lot to be desired.
I have set up a Virtual Box, but Lightroom runs even slower than it does on Windows 7. So far for anything critical, I will go into LR on Win7 (I have multiple OS' on this computer), but I would like to get away from Win7 if possible.
You may remember that I had a hard drive failure a while back. I pulled the drive and before I wiped it I ran a few utilities (in Linux) that showed that the drive was attacked via a virus of some kind. I took it to the IT folks at work and they ran the drive through some of the enterprise software they use to keep the campus network safe. The virus had planted itself in a part of the disk that 99% of the virus scanners can't reach. The only way to save the drive was to do a low level format of the disk, using Linux (Windows would error when it tried to wipe that sector), then I had to rebuild the drive. There is no telling how the drive was initially infected since we couldn't actually look at the software. I have a full time active firewall as well as a hardware firewall in my router. Heck, for much of my post-HDD crash internet surfing, I would go through a proxy that has its own built in firewall. Now I try to use Linux for nearly everything and Windows for only things that Linux doesn't have a tool for. What is interesting to note... I have far fewer things installed on my Windows partition, it uses 64GB. Linux, with 4x as many applications as Windows, uses 11GB. The other nice thing is that Linux takes 45 seconds to cold boot to where the HDD stops blinking. Windows 7 is 2 minutes, 26 seconds to the same state.