My desktop is almost ten years old and I think it is about time to replace it. I want to replace it for a couple of reasons, one is the age, it is getting slow, and two because it is too old to run windows on it, well according to my tech guy, my husband. I run Ubuntu now, a Linux based operating system and it is great. I don’t have a problem with it at all, however I can’t use Photoshop on it, apparently the computer is too old and Windows would be too slow on it.
At the moment if I want to use Photoshop I have to use it on my laptop, a Dell XPS 17, which is nice, almost 4 years old, but with only 8GB of memory we are starting to run into problems. I can connect the laptop to my monitor, so it is like using a desktop computer, which is great. My real issue is that now that the file sizes of my images are so large with my new camera the laptop is getting very very slow. It starts out well, but after working for a while if I get it to do something, well, let’s just say I could go out for coffee while waiting for it to do what I have asked it to do. I don’t have enough RAM, and you can’t put more into my laptop. We tried, but this one won’t allow it. As it turns out Windows 7 won’t support more than 16GBs regardless.
So this is where the dilemma starts. My husband is a programmer and we looked at new Desktop computers, but there isn’t a lot of choice if you want 32GB. I want as much as I can get so I can do things quickly. Of course the other issue I am having is Windows. I hate it. It won’t run Photoshop properly, keeps closing the program down, even straight after I start it. We thought I might have a virus, but the scan check revealed nothing, and it still does it. I keep getting asked to do things that I know I have done before. It is driving me crazy.
I was talking to someone recently who had gone to a Mac and she has never looked back, so I wondered, should I consider it. My husband has always been so against Mac. He thinks anything from Apple is overpriced and is more about image than whether or not it is really any good. His words, not mine. I have always thought I should stay away from it.
Now I am starting to give the whole thing a rethink. There has to be a reason why all the top photographers and anyone really, who works with visuals uses a Mac. My husband always said it was because, well, you don’t want to know what he said. I told him the other day I think it is because Windows is crap and they use Macs because they work better. He is starting to concede, I think, that perhaps Mac is the way to go, but I thought I might find out what you think and what you use.
Finally, what I want to say is that if Adobe wrote Photoshop for Linux, there would be no need for this discussion, it would be my absolute first preference.
So todays questions are what do you use a Mac or PC? Why do you use that? Do you wish you had the other?
I don’t want this to be a debate about what is better, other than why it is better for you.
The last couple of these I have done have been great, and I think this is a great way for us to share knowledge.
I will not respond to every comment, if that is okay, it can be very overwhelming. I will approve them, as long as they are nice and not nasty in any way.
Feel free to respond or reply to other comments. It would be good to generate some discussion.
Finally, I have used Black and White images today that were taken with film many years ago, I thought it might be a nice prompt for people to get their Monochrome Madness submissions to me soon for my next post.