Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Trying out a new open source photography application for Linux

As long readers of Tuna Can Org know, I'm a longtime Linux and open source user and occasional advocate. I just love the fact that we have a great UNIX-like operating system with a robust selection of software. In fact I've been a regular user of Linux (as a desktop) since 1997.

The one area that I've been unable to find a good Linux solution to was photography workflow. Sure, we had +GIMP but I was looking for something that could help to manage my budding photography hobby. My photography mentor had turned me on to Adobe's Lightroom (MacOSX and Windows), but Adobe doesn't appear to have any plans on releasing it for Linux. That meant for my photography I was relegated to using my Mac or my Windows computers.

So today on Google+, I had a very helpful user tell me about this open source photography workflow software called DarkTable. I installed and after glancing around with some photos I had in a folder, it appears to work very similar to Lightroom. I'm very excited about using DarkTable and maybe being able to migrating my photography to my Linux workstation. I will definitely keep my TCO readers updated on how Darktable works for me.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

ChromeOS, it's time to see what you are all about!

Well this weekend I finally did it and bought myself something I've been considering for a while, a Google Chromebook. Ever since I first heard of the Google ChromeOS, I've wanting to get my hands on a ChromeOS device. It seemed like an interesting idea to have an operating system that ran inside of a browser. It had the potential to be a pretty versatile system. Of course since it ran on top of Linux, I was very intrigued!!

This afternoon I bit the bullet and invested in a ChromeOS device. I bought a Hewlett Packard Chromebook 14 from Best Buy. I stood in front of the Chromebook section for a while, analyzing what they had and trying to figure out what I want. I looked over the features and specs of each Chromebook, but seeing as I am a "big guy", I was drawn to Hewlett Packard's Chromebook 14 for it's large screen and full size keyboard. Also of note was 2GB of RAM, 16GB solid state drive (SSD), and 8-9 hours of battery time.

This evening I was able to spend some time using it and getting use to the ChromeOS experience. I have to say that it was a pretty nice experience. I was able to quickly (and quite easily) get my Chromebook on my WiFi network at home and logged in with my Google account. What I discovered was that the apps I had installed on my desktop Chrome were already set to go for me.

I'm now working on customizing it. I am also browsing the Chrome Store, looking for interesting and useful things. I will share my experience with the Chromebook and a more in depth analysis at a later date.