just thought i'd pop in and shout out to my fellow linux users. i'm new to this forum, but have been into amateur photography since the 80's. i started out with a Pentax A3000 and a K1000 with various lenses and developed B&W.
in 98 we got our first digital and that eventually led to the purchase of a rebel xt last year in may. right before that, in march, i dipped my toes into the linux world (got tired of windows completely crashing my computers!) and after trying a few distros, i landed on ubuntu island (of course). in september of last year i actualy took the final plunge and wiped away xp forever.
recently, my wife and i started a business focussing on equine event photography (link below). we use our rebel xt for now until we save up for perhaps a 50d and some L series. nevertheless, the fun continues after shooting with a little PP on:
--Custom E6420-4gbRam-320gb+500gbHD-Geforce7600gt-22"AcerWS-Kubuntu 8.04
--Custom E4400-2gbRam-320gb+500gbHD-Geforce6600-26"VisioLCDHDTV-Kubuntu 8.04
--Asus F8SnC1-T9500-3gbRam-320gbHD-Geforce9500M-Kubuntu 8.04
--Toshiba A45-S150-P4 2.4ghz-2gbRam-160gbHD-Kubuntu 8.10
(actually, the old toshiba has been retired and is now the "garage computer")
anyway, it's been interesting hearing about all the software available to us for free and even lightzone and bibble. i pretty much use most of the apps that have been mentioned (gimp, digikam, picasa, krita, phatch, cinepaint, ufraw and the lightzone trial) and was pleased to learn of others like rawtherapee and bibble. eventually, if our business takes off we might spring some dough for lz or bibble. but for now, i can't complain with what's available for free.
i also use a couple of album making apps like jalbum and kphotoalbum to create galleries for our website. they're pretty handy tools to have.
so, hey guys! what's up! i hope to learn a lot more from some fellow linux photographers in the future.