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6 hours ago, ꜱᴩʀɪᴛᴇ➀ said:

I feel like this would err on the side of edge cases though... Serif realistically only needs to make sure it runs on the latest Ubuntu LTS and the rest of the Linux community will make it work on their distro of choice

I am sure, but it's about assuring same experience on all the OSes, the reliability of the output, to get the same thing everywhere, even a specific distro is targeted and required, sspecially for design. I don't say it's impossible, but there are times when things go crazy, maybe once in a few years. I know, I use Linux since '96 and it's my main OS and I love it for its freedom, not necessarily for its initial price.

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Received the news with hope ... (solid Windows user here, but I hope one day one will be able run all major market-relevant pro apps in linux) Then I realized is not an important app, even more, is an Electron desktop app with a custom Chromium bundled. I'll jump from my realistic ship (not really, but at least go back to dual boot) once I see something like a single Office app (not necessarily all the suite) like MS Word or Excel to be made with native code for Linux. As if not, the performance, compatibility, limited access etc will still be there.

It's a step forward, but I have seen tons of times MS do this... shy steps forward, and then closing the project or abandoning it . Particularly in graphic software...Hello, Expression Design...after acquiring it from a Japanese company (as often, that country produces some of the best painting and graphics software, dunno why) they stopped its development after a short while. Happened too many times. I'm just not willing to get hopeful about it until I see more decisive movements. So far is the only OS (VERY ironically, if you think of it) making a serious approach to Linux. But like I say, I'll wait and see, just yet. As I could subscribe totally this paragraph form the linked article :

"   It's been quite the journey for Microsoft. The idea that we'd be reporting on Office for Linux, even five years ago, would have been ridiculous. But under the stewardship of Satya Nadella, the feud between Linux and the Big M has turned into a partnership of equals - with the acquisition of the Github repository being the cherry on a very large cake.   "

Who knew... !  Maybe you'll have to owe Linux's strong entrance in the graphic market thanks to its archenemy... which is so weird that I like it.

Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo licenses, Windows 7, i7  860 (2009) 2.8 GHz,  8 GB RAM, GTX 1050 2 GB, HD 7200 RPM.  Wacom Intuos 4 XL.

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A friend came to celebrate my son birthday. He recently bought an pretty expensive camera and lens (of about 2000$) and was concerned about its quality. I've shown him how to shoot in several conditions, from dark to bright light. I had not used Photoshop and Windows in a long time, despite I still inertially pay for CC. So, to get to them, we had to wait half of hour to upgrade, pass the BIOS setting of disabling the VT-d (Windows won't boot with it enabled after years of reporting this by so many users), even a long restart with upgrading, slow desktop due to high disk usage from the recently added batch that scans intensively the disk to feed Lightroom (as the Adobbe support told me), and upgrading the CC apps (the option was turned on, so who cares I was needeing it?). I wanted him to see what means to have all in one vs. the chain I use under Linux. After all the waiting, he was not willing to boot Windows again to show him some features. We've used Linux instead, where I look at raw images in Gwenview, develop in RawTherapee or Darktable, stitch with Hugin, retouch with Gimp with Resynthesizer, make HDR's with Luminance HDR. It's a bit more complicated to install them on Windows than on Linux, but he asked for those instead CC. Fun fact, as I use KDE and I was not mentioned I'm on Linux, he thought I have some skin solution for Windows. I was just browsing for files with Dolphin, and he asked me what is that and where to download it, for its panels and tabs features (that Microsoft announced and cancelled after...). I told him what was that about... He noticed how fast my Linux was by comparison to the bloated Windows (which is good, but full of tasks I don't even need or use, but I can't stop, as they are "fixed" to run again and again by the further updates). I know, I could boost my Windows system a bit with SSDs, but they failed in two years, so I wait for a more reliable ones and use the good old HDDs. I don't really need those with Linux. So, well, I stick with Linux for a better experience from all I need to do.

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