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Hello All, I'm a web developer/designer interested in getting to know Linux better. Soon I will have a semi-used laptop dedicated towards this task. Could I trouble you all to ...
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    Lightbulb Design Program List


    Hello All,
    I'm a web developer/designer interested in getting to know Linux better. Soon I will have a semi-used laptop dedicated towards this task.

    Could I trouble you all to help me produce a beginner list of design/development programs that run on a Linux distribution? I'm not too worried about how they compare to PC or Mac programs. I just want to know that they are there, and I can toy with them in the coffee shop and make people wonder why.

    Here is my starter list based on searches in this forum. I will keep it updated as the list grows. :

    photograph/pixel image editing
    Title | Link | cost
    GIMP | http://www.gimp.org | $0
    Pixel image editor | http://www.kanzelsberger.com | $32

    illustration/vector image editing
    Title | Link | cost
    Sodipodi | http://www.sodipodi.com/ | $0
    inkscape | http://www.inkscape.org | $0

    animation - pixel/vector
    Title | Link | cost
    mvComicsMaker | http://mvcm.sourceforge.net | $0

    video editing/formatting/importing
    Title | Link | cost
    Cinelerra | http://heroinewarrior.com/cinelerra.php3 | $0
    Avidmux | http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/ | $0

    3D modeling/animation
    Title | Link | cost
    blender | http://www.blender.org | $0
    flow | http://www.reptilelabour.com/software/flow | $0
    K3D | http://k3d.klik.atekon.de/ | $0

    web design/scripting
    Title | Link | cost
    quanta | http://quanta.kdewebdev.org | $0

    audio/music composition
    Title | Link | cost
    Audacity | http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ | $0

    Any major categories that I'm missing?
    Thanks much for the help!

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    Here's another one to add to 3D design:
    K3D | http://k3d.klik.atekon.de/ | $0

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    Ooo. This one looks fun. for vector illustrations:
    Sodipodi | http://www.sodipodi.com/ | $0

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    video editing/formatting/importing
    Title | Link | cost
    Avidmux | http://fixounet.free.fr/avidemux/ | $0

    MediaInLinux is also a nice distrobution to look at because it's a live cd.

    However, there are many other media based distros (especially sound (AGNULA comes to mind)) if you want to do a little bit of searching.

    However, playing with the Live CD is handier because you can check out the programs without requiring an installation.

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    What about Audacity (http://audacity.sourceforge.net/) for audio/music composition?

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    Maybe inkscape - a vector drawing program - is also interesting for you?
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    Thank you Darl, bryansmith, and borromini. All those programs look great to work with. I will add those to the list now.

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    You have the wrong link for audacity .

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    akk! There we go.

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    I'm now using Linux! After taking a cool distro quiz, I ended up trying Suse Linux 10. It was breezy to install, and included much starter graphics software. Now...I just need to learn...a lot.

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