[thelist] Developing on Linux

Ari Constancio ari.constancio at gmail.com
Tue Nov 27 05:05:03 CST 2007

Hi Fred,

Go for it. You won't regret, as Linux and the BSDs make excellent
development environments.

Of course, there is a learning curve waiting :). Check, though,
O'Reilly books (http://www.oreilly.com ) for great reference and intro
Also, check the lists from your distro (Ubuntu) and specific programs for help.
Finally, if you can, join a Linux User Group, if available in your area.

Ari Constancio

On Nov 27, 2007 9:44 AM, Fred Jones <fredthejonester at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am hoping to get a new PC soon and I am strongly considering (finally)
> switching to Linux. I am hoping that once I get used to it, it will be a
> productivity enhancement.
> I am considering Ubuntu, as it seems to have a nice user community and
> (most importantly) it seems easy to use. I don't want to invest a lot of
> time installing and learning the details of Linux right away--I much
> prefer to be up and running FAST and learn as I go. Any feedback
> regarding this choice of Ubuntu are much appreciated. Most important
> thing for me in my new OS--easy to install, easy to install software and
> easy to use.
> Aside from that, I have weaned myself from Windows-only products as much
> as I can. These tools all have Linux builds:
> Thunderbird, Firefox, Filezilla, Skype, Apache, MySQL and PHP
> Aside from those, I use UltraEdit and I am now trying to learn Eclipse,
> which has very good reviews. Trillian I also use but I can handle Gaim
> (Gaim on Windows, however, I think is less friendly than Trillian).
> The one tool which I have not replaced, however, is my time tracker:
> http://www.allnetic.com/?Tracker which I use on a constant basis. I see
> on Google a few tools that claim to do this basic functionality for
> Linux so I can check those out.
> If anyone has any suggestions for me regarding this whole project, i.e.
> switching to Linux for my workstation, as in encouragement,
> discouragement (it is a lot of work, it seems, and I am not 100%
> convinced it is worth it, but I think so), tips or pointers (like join
> Ubuntu mailing list X) etc, I would be glad to hear. :)
> Thanks,
> Fred
> PS: Sequoia View doesn't run on Linux, but for that I am happy to open a
> virtual Windows. Here is the link for Sequoia View, a great disk
> examination tool:
> http://w3.win.tue.nl/nl/onderzoek/onderzoek_informatica/visualization/sequoiaview/
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