I need a program that I can use a wacom tablet to draw on .pdf files for class. GIMP has a huge learning curve and Inkscape doesn't import the characters properly (reads math symbols as mandarin characters, I don't even need it to be able to read the text but it won't simply import the page as an image)
Also looked at Foxxit, but it's not free. Used to use Photoshop on Windows, but I don't use Windows any more.submitted by /u/Riddance
I’ve noticed that Debian tends to come up a lot when talking about security on Linux. It seems to be the go-to distribution when anyone talks about security and privacy. Many of the white hat and security focused distributions use it as their base, including Kali and Tails. The EFF has recommended it on several occasions, and it was even thanked in the credits of Citizen Four. Is it really that much more secure than other distributions?
I understand there being concern around corporate distributions like RHEL, SUSE, and Ubuntu, even if those concerns aren’t founded. The open source/FLOSS community has always had some mistrust of corporations. What about distributions like Arch, Gentoo, and Slackware? Arch is even owned by the same non-profit as Debian.
There are other considerations too, like GRSecurity and Systemd. By most accounts, GRSecurity is better than SELinux, yet it is only really offered by Gentoo and Arch in their main repositories. Why don’t they carry some added security reputation for it? Systemd is a more complicated issue. Opinions will range from it being way more secure than previous init solutions to it being produced by the NSA themselves to create vulnerabilities in Linux. The verifiable issue I see is the size of it. It’s well known that the smaller and less complex the software is, the less opportunity there is for strange bugs and vulnerabilities to surface. On that, it would seem that lighter weight alternatives have a slight edge in security. Again, this goes in favor of distros like Gentoo, Void, and Slackware.
So what is it about Debian, then? Is it the reputation alone? Is it because they work well with the community and organizations like the FSF? Is it more an issue that Debian is easier to recommend? I certainly wouldn’t recommend Gentoo to a new user and expect them to be secure. I’m honestly curious. Is there some secret X factor that Debian has that I’m missing? Is it really the gold standard in Linux security?submitted by /u/ZombieWithLasers
Been a Windows user all my life and have been debating venturing over to Linux for some time now. I've done a fair bit of research in the past but it's been quite a while.
Obviously I'm a little nervous and would like a distro with a relatively similar interface (for a transition period).
Currently raging over the fact that it's impossible to change the blinding white windows explorer background. Is this a customizable option in most Linux distros? If so this'll solidify my choice to abandon windows 7 and venture outside my comfort zone.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.submitted by /u/UnwrittenPath
I've used Linux on and off since 1998. I've installed and used more distros than I can possibly remember. I've written scripts that have been included in Linux distros. This weekend I am stuck in a Linux nightmare.
I am tired of wasting my time on "linux stuff" and just want to get stuff done. Yesterday Chrome wouldnt full screen netflix and after 20min of FF silverlight installation it still didnt work. This is the kind of nonsense I am referring to. Stuff that in windows "just works" becomes a minor nightmare in Linux. Want to install spotify? add the repo then apt-get update and then install it. Copy and paste exactly the steps spotify has on their site - still doesnt work. KDE - a file manager with no tree view on the left? USB gets mounted but gets no icon on the desktop? Total amateur stuff.
None of these trivial things are the problem. The problem is Linux has RUINED my MRB and I cant boot into windows. I have tried hours and hours of fixing the mbr, reinstalling grub, etc - NOTHING WORKS. So now I am on day 2 of trying to get my working windows install back online. So I can boot into windows and do adult work on an OS that was designed by professionals and not kids taking a summer off a uni who decided to do some fun linux programming.
Ive encounter so many minor and annoying bugs in Mint in the past 24 hrs I cant even begin to explain them all. After 10 yrs of using linux i will be VERY HAPPY to NEVER EVER USE IT AGAIN.
Im suppose to be programming this weekend - but instead im trying to "unscrew" whatever the hell linux has done here. Something none of the "tools" to "fix it" can undo.
This os has a LONG way to go.
btw - when linux tries to boot windows i just get a flashing cursor, no error of any kind. super useful.submitted by /u/22-9
It’s also worth to mention that the distribution is almost empty; No many default applications are already installed, for example even LibreOffice isn’t installed so you can’t manage your documents or open them, you almost only have the elementary OS applications, Files, Photos, Videos.. But nothing else, and this is not a very good deal comparing it to a size of 1.4GB for the ISO file. You will need to do a lot of downloading after you install the system on your hard drive.
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