Open Source Software vs. Commercial Software:
Migration from Windows to Linux
An IT Professional's Testimonial
Scribus with an open document,
exporting as a PDF.
Scribus (Adobe Pagemaker, Adobe InDesign replacement)
Linux has longed for great desktop publishing software for quite
some time. When I first came across Scribus, I had high hopes. And, I have not
been disappointed. It is right in line with top commercial (and VERY expensive)
software like Adobe Pagemaker and Adobe InDesign.
One item that I was a little disappointed is that Scribus does
not have a direct way to import Adobe Pagemaker or Adobe InDesign files. Files
must be completely re-created. This can cause quite a headache if trying to
migrate away from Adobe's software to this product. The developers of Scribus
did not want to infringe on any software issues with Adobe.
After using Scribus, I have found that it is VERY easy to use.
In fact, many things that I found very annoying in Pagemaker and InDesign are
done in such a fashion in Scribus that it makes it easier to migrate to it.
Things like being able to select an element and actively move it layer by layer
up or down.
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Table of Contents
- 1. Preface, People Are Habitual, A Little History
- 2. A Little Politics
- 2A. Open or Closed, Software
Editions, Market Usage
- 2B. Monopoly Game, Support Nightmares,
Competition, Piracy, Licensing, Activation, Developer Pool
- 2C. Web Browser Wars, Web Application
- 2D. Windows Failures, Windows
Jokes, Windows Problems, Behind Closed Doors, Windows Mutation to
- 3. Maintenance Headache of Windows
- 4. A Matter of Cost?
- 5. How About Standards?
- 6. Conclusion, Goodbye Microsoft
- 7. Migration Experiment
- System Settings / Tweaking
- Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird and
- OpenOffice Office Suite (Microsoft
Office replacement), Dia (Microsoft Visio replacement), Gnome Planner
(Microsoft Project replacement)
- WINE (the Windows Emulator)
- Rsync (File Synchronization / Replication
- CUPS PDF Writer (Adobe Acrobat
Writer replacement), PDFEdit (Adobe Acrobat Standard / Professional
- FontMatrix, the X11 Window System
Font Manager (Adobe Type Manager, Font Navigator, Suitcase replacement)
- Kino and Cinelerra, the Video
Capturing / Editing tools (Adobe Premier replacement)
- Sun VirtualBox (VMWare Player,
VMWare Workstation, Microsoft VirtualPC replacement)
- Scribus (Adobe Pagemaker, Adobe InDesign
- Gens (Sega Genesis Emulator)
- Miscellaneous Additional (Optional)
Settings / Software
- Nvidia Video Card 3D Support
- CDEmu (Mounting Virtual CDs, DVDs)
- Troubleshooting Tips
- 8. Additional Migration Considerations