dstiles - 2:35 am on Mar 6, 2010 (gmt 0)
graeme_p - I didn't get on with Kate: I find gedit better, although its Find Next key is weird (Ctrl-G instead of F3).
One feature I really miss on linux text editors is notification / auto-update on file changes. I'm used to Textpad and HTML-Kit telling me if a file has been updated outside of the app. Very useful in multi-machine environments and for software-updated files (eg logs). If Kate can do that then I'll have another look.
Sorry, I meant ASP editing, which is actually programming since none of the code is actual HTML. Quanta is the best I've found so far. If there is a faster app for this that is also better than Quanta I haven't found it yet.
Another apps failure is Open Office Database. There is no real way to get Access databases into it: no forms, macros or ways to cross-link tables on import. Better to use MySQL, yes, but still no real import path that I can see except for the data table themselves. I was very disappointed in that. I can accept it's probably better if you design in OO DB from scratch.
And, as I said, genealogy software. If anyone knows a good replacement for (eg) Family Origins I would be very grateful.
Klipper, at least on this machine, does not clear history. For some reason it adds More into the list (fair enough, but it won't let me see what's in More) and More and anything following, sometimes several more Mores plus single lines, refuses to be deleted without killing the app and re-starting. Also, sometimes it dies for no apparent reason (this is on Heron). Certainly it's not in the same class as Windows Clipmate, which includes built-in editing and several "bins".
Keyboard is a bit annoying in one respect: I've been using MS keyboards since forever and always use the number pad for cursor control. All works fine except in a few apps, including Quanta, where the Shift version of the keys puts numbers into the text instead of highlighting it. If anyone can fix that I'd be delighted. I've tried reassigning keys and that works for most apps but not (eg) Quanta. :(
On the other hand I do like being able to disable the stupidly dangerous shut-down keys. Very nice.
Mack - I use gimp for scanning (which seems to work much better under Ubuntu than Windows) but I would miss Corel Photopaint after all these years for editing pics for internet use. I can accept gimp would do the job but it's retraining my brain. :)
But as I said, I really like Ubuntu and do as much as I can on it. It also runs peripherals better than Windows, assuming they are not MS-proprietary, and the installation is often smoother.