Apple have always led the way in terms of Photography and I’ve always been a lover of Mac’s although the debate continues between Mac and PC as Pc’s upgrade their hardware and software to fit into todays superficial world. MS Windows is now on a similar lever to the Mac so it seems to come down more to personal choice rather than anything else. Mac exclusively brands Apple Aperture, and in the past have been much more adept at handling large scale images and multi tones and colours than Bill Gates counterpart but Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, are available for both systems and of course Creative Suite is available on both, although CS4 has been delayed.

Linux however is supposed to be the unsung hero as far as photography is concerned but how does it compare? There are the benefits and weaknesses of the software, so will Linux ever compete in the photography world?

The colour should remain consistent in all your work (graphic chain). You need what you see on the screen to be as close to the print quality as possible.

Linux has done alot recently to improve its colour management. Most applications are aware of colour management such as this so Linux had to improve to keep up with Xorg and even the cheaper ones like Huey and Spyder.

Unfortunately Linux doesn’t calibrate with a monitor very well although rumours are circulating that this will be included in the next version. Also Linux doesn’t offer a way to manage profiles, you cannot change the settings to go by AdobeRGB as the main editing profile etc.

Another missing element to Linux is the ability to callibrate with A3 printers and high quality printers, this is another huge flaw that needs to be sorted if they are ever going to compete against the big boys.

It is important to manage your images load the picture from your camera , tag them and archive them, load the images, sort them out, editing, printing, labelling and archiving them, phew… all this and keeping the highest quality images.

This can be a hassle as software that cannot handle this will become very slow or even crash (an old windows trick).

This is something that at the moment Linux just cannot deal with, again we hear rumours this is being worked on but without some of these elements Linux won’t cut it for serious photography.

At the moment Linux is no where near mature enough to be considered an effective photography tool and it is not going to replace Windows or MacOS for photography any time soon.