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I am fairly new to Linux, been using Ubuntu for about two weeks, reading more, learning something new each day.. etc.
I have 15+ years of experience with Windows and roughly five years experience programming with ASP and ASP.net.
I am familiar with PHP, but was wondering if there is a program out there similar to Visual Studio or Visual Web Developer for Linux (free is good)? In the Windows environment I use Dreamweaver or Expression Web (formerly FrontPage).
Gimp seems to be an OK replacement for PhotoShop, but I am not convinced yet.
Any help on development tools that a webmaster could use will be much appreciated.
I installed kubuntu (dual boot) on my wifes machine but will be formatting soon as she needs sage accounting software which only runs in windoze, so she installed Virtualbox and has it running fine.
you install windoze into the virtualbox, I havent tested it but it looks good, i on theother hand don't want to run windoze at all so chose wine.
google those names and read for yourself, everything seems possible.
I didnt (yet) come across a good substitute for dreamweaver, if you find one let us all know
Do you use GIMP? What about Krita (part of the Koffice download)?
What would you recommend as a replacement for PhotoShop?
Yup used GIMP, again not thoroughly tested but have done a few things in it and it seems quite good!
I have just finished setting up my sons pc with kubuntu as he's home for 3 weeks (he's at uni), we just setup virtualbox and installed windoze, if you have licenced discs for anything M$ based virtualbox is far better than wine, wine seems to stutter a bit maybe there's some settings, I need to look around a bit.
Krita I did download and didn't think it was brilliant, but never really tested it either, I have only been on linux for 2 weeks now but want to soon move all my work onto it and obviousley then is when the real learning starts, whats good whats bad time will tell.
I really like it a lot and if I can get my main applications to run on it, I will use it more, if not permanently.
Does virus protection even exist for Linux, or is this a Windoze issue only?
Quanta also has support for PHP development. There are lots of IDEs, but I do not know how the compare with the MS visual tools.
Gimp works well for me, but it may not be for everyone. I did not like the Krita UI, but did not find anything actually wrong with it. If you want a Photoshop like UI there is a fork of Gimp called Gimpshop which provides it). Cinepaint may also be worth trying.
You may also want to install the plugins to import RAW format photos.
You do NOT need anti-virus, anti-adware etc. It is a good idea to configure the firewall, especially if you are going to have servers running. There are various guides to doing it on Ubuntu depending on how complex our requirements are.
As for security updates to your software, that should be done constantly from the Ubuntu repository. There should be a little panel (taskbar) icon that indicates when you need to run an update.
As Graeme noted, you'll configure your firewall to block traffic instead of a virus program. Not that there couldn't be viruses, just that most viruses you're likely to come across just won't work on linux. There's likely a GUI program to do the firewall setup.
In terms of updates, most distributions have various repositories for updates (at universities and the like). There will be a GUI program that will allow you to download updates from the various repositories - works probably pretty much like windows updates. I don't know what that program is on your distro, they vary by distro. I update my servers once a week just bu running the gui and selecting all the updates for programs that have been installed on my computer.
I would recommend Zend Studio 5 if you can still get it (its not free) - otherwise Quanta used to be good but a bit basic for pure php. Zend is the most comparable to VS (including the fact it is not free), it also has a very reasonable license though which allows you to install a copy on every computer you have access to.
KDE4 has Krita which is more like Photoshop than Gimp, and it has KDevelop too but the PHP support is not very good for that.
P.S. Take a look at sshfs - it is invaluable if you are working on remote Linux servers.