[scribus] Linux vs Windows for Scribus ?

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Fri Sep 4 15:25:41 CEST 2009

On Friday 04 September 2009 08:47:11 Robert Marma wrote:
> Hello,
>   I constantly follow the posted emails and responses, which are 
> enlightening and informative, especially for a "newbie" like 
myself.  It's
> been awhile since I bothered you and the contributors to this 
mailing list
> with what must appear to be simplistic queries, and I appreciate 
the time,
> attention, AND PATIENCE the Scribus Team and your 
> contributors are willing to invest in responding to them.  :) This 
time, my
> question has to do with using Linux.  I installed Scribus on two 
> XP-based laptops--a 6-year-old Compaq Presario and a recently 
> Asus EeePC netbook.  I was wondering if there would be any 
advantage(s) to
> partitioning the hard drive of each system, and then running 
> and installing a Linux version of Scribus, which the majority of 
> contributors to this e-mailing appear to be using.  For example, 
are there
> more dependencies, script libraries, and other GPL software 
available for
> the Linux version and for Linux, in general? If the answer to 
both of these
> questions is "yes", then I am wondering if I Will I need to begin 
> Linux commands and command structure, as I did many, many 
years ago with
> MS-DOS?  [I obviously know very little about Linux, so please 
bear with
> me.]  Also, if I decide to take this route, should I consider only 
> community-driven Linux versions--such as Debian and Gentoo--
or would I be
> better off trying to get commercially-backed versions like 
> openSUSE, Ubuntu, or Mandriva?  Also, what about Slackware?  
> dependencies should I install for each?  I would appreciate any 
> and guidance anyone can provide?  Thank all of you, and keep 
up the great
> work!!   :) Bob

I am probably not a good witness because I discovered Slackware 
Linux almost two decades ago and it is my main OS ever since. 
Slackware comes with a fixed set of applications and everything 
else, including Scribus, must be downloaded as a tar ball  and 
configured, compiled and installed. The latest version of 
Slackware Linux (13) has the Qt 4.5 libraries so Scribus will 
compile without difficulty.

Linux has a full-fledged graphic interface which I use most of the 
time. But I open up command line driven terminal sessions on top 
of the gui for things like compilation, searching for files, use of 
text utilities etc.

Oh yes, in addition I have been fiddling with computers since 
1968. Back then a fellow told me I wasn't smart enough to 
understand what went on inside his IBM 1401  computer.... 
John Culleton
"Create Book Covers with Scribus"

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