[scribus] Best Linux distro for Scribus

Branko Vukelic bg.branko at gmail.com
Fri Dec 4 19:31:29 CET 2009

Back on-topic, I've used a few distros for DTP and generally didn't
have much luck with Ubuntu (sometimes I had to wait a long time for
some packages to get updated) and I think I didn't like openSUSE a lot
either. Nowadays I'm using Arch Linux as it has most packages I need
in the repos. Of course, I don't claim to be too experienced in
open-source DTP, and in fact I've only just finished one project in
Scribus that I can call a 'serious' project.

Arch Linux' policy is to package the latest and greatest stable
releases of all packages save a few (like Scribus, which actually has
the stable development version,, in the repository rather than
the proper stable version). This is one of the few distros that have
_most_ of the tools listed in the DTP toolbox page in scribus docs in
their latest stable versions.

Downside of using Arch Linux (well, it's not a downside to me, but I
understand many consider it a downside) is that it relies on command
line tools for package management and system administration is done
with a text editor. If you don't mind that, than you'll find a lot of
creative folks are also using it which is a big plus. Also, this
particular 'drawback' is well compensated by the fact that Arch has
(in my humble opinion) the second best wiki of all linux distros
(first one is, of course, the famous Gentoo Wiki).

Unlike distributions of Debian descent, Arch is i686-optimized, which
also gives you a _significant_ performance boost in some applications.
Personally, I've seen MyPaint and Gimp perform much better on Arch
than Ubuntu (Mint, actually).

Finally, let me also say that the best distro is the one you come to
know the best. It depends on what you like about distros in general,
and information such as what I've written above should generally be
regarded as a reminder that there are many different distros out
there. ;)

On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 8:16 AM, Christoph Schäfer
<christoph-schaefer at gmx.de> wrote:
> Am Freitag, 4. Dezember 2009 08:08:21 schrieb Jeffrey Silverman:
>> Oops, I said I wasn't going to comment on this thread anymore, but I
>> am anyway. On accident, ok?
>> This "isn't any drivers" comment is nonsensical. Perhaps your Linux
>> distro does not have the appropriate drivers easily available? KDE is
>> a layer way up high above where the device drivers live, and isn't
>> relevant in a discussion on drivers. Unless I'm missing something
>> here...
>> On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 7:42 PM, Richard <eyelagui at adinet.com.uy> wrote:
>> > The mistake is not kde4, is the use of it before it came to stable and
>> > the ammount of changes upcoming.
>> > Also, it requires a new approach on kernel and drivers, so much hardware
>> > that was working on KDE3 is not working on KDE4, the sample is any ATI
>> > graphics card older than x15XX (or around it) and/OR RS690 chipset.
>> > Me and a lot of people is being affected by the lack of drivers for that
>> > chipset and graphics card wich were working and existed on KDE3 but not
>> > on KDE4.
>> > I mean, ATI made it's last driver for KDE 3.5 but is not compatible with
>> > KDE4.
>> > So if i want a full capable graphics card i have to keep on KDE 3 AND i
>> > cant use my laptop because THERE IS NOT correct ACPI management for my
>> > chipset now.
>> > Anyhow, there is an opensource driver, but again, it was working fine on
>> > KDE 3.5 but not on KDE 4.
>> <snip!>
> Please stop this crappy discussion or continue somewhere else.
> Christoph
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