A change of pace for today… A semi-technical entry about Linux. I keep getting told by others that I must be very dedicated because there is no software available for Linux, and I must be a very cheap person because as everyone knows, Linux users are basically people who want everything for free. Just for fun, here’s a list of Linux software I’ve bought (i.e. paid for!) over the last few years. I still use most of this software every day. Note that this is not Windows software running in some kind of emulator, but Linux software, for Linux, that runs on Linux, and is compatible with with Linux. Really. Get it?
Corel WordPerfect Office 2000 Deluxe
Corel Draw 9
Corel PhotoPaint 9
Corel WordPerfect 8 (now retired in favor of Office 2000)
ApplixWare Office 5
Civilization: Call to Power
Eric’s Ultimate Solitaire
Heavy Gear II
Heroes of Might and Magic III
Kohan: Immortal Soverigns
Myth II: Soulblighter
Quake III Arena
Railroad Tycoon II Gold
Shogo: Mobile Armor Division
Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri
SimCity 3000 Unlimited
Soldier of Fortune
Netraverse Win4Lin 3.0 (basically for IE-only Web sites)
VMWare Workstation 2.0 (bought before Win4Lin, then switched)
Any of these titles sound familiar? Some of the games should sound familiar to people, at least. Also, I do use GIMP to produce this site and to edit most of my photos, but there are definite uses for the more press-oriented Corel Draw and PhotoPaint, so I did buy them and I do use them. Really, this is a pretty remarkable list, considering how much free software really does exist for Linux, not to mention Linux itself.
Note also that most of these games are not yet available for Mac OS, either Classic or X, and that WordPerfect has only just re-entered the Mac world after a very long absence, during which Linux and Unix software versions were kept current.
Just thought I’d take a moment to try to disspell some anti-Linux propaganda out there.