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23 Feb

Ubuntu Studio and its Contribution to Design Technology

Linux has intimidating overtones. However, there are benefits to using open source software. For programmers, one may edit the software to suit their needs. One who uses open source software such as the LibreOffice Office Suite can save a file into a format which is compatible with Microsoft Office.

For creatively minded individuals, the best operating system to use is Ubuntu Studio. If someone ever wanted to build a media centre and not spend a lot of money on equipment and software, this OS fulfils these necessary measures for free. Ubuntu Studio incorporates software for every creative discipline. Whether one is a graphic designer, sound editor, cinematographer, or photographer, every program and application needed comes with Ubuntu Studio.

The most well-known programs used by designers are Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign. Their open source equivalents are GIMP, Inkscape, and Scribus. As previously mentioned, these are programs which are capable of saving files as their closed source equivalents.

For example, a file in GIMP is by default saved as a .xcf (open source project file), but also a .psd (Photoshop file). Naturally, these files can also be exported as a .tif, .jpg, .gif, .pdf, .png, etc.

Ubuntu Studio comes built-in with all of the essentials of computer usage, including a free office suite (LibreOffice), email program (Mozilla Thunderbird), web browser (Mozilla Firefox), media player (Audacious), and the Terminal. One may also emulate Windows applications using Wine. Open source contains multiple possibilities. Ubuntu Studio opens the doors for creative thinkers to expand upon those possibilities.

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