Last weekend, I started to port irrKlang
to Linux. But as I already wrote
my freshly set up Ubuntu wasn't very usable. So I invested 4-5 hours to configure everything for my needs, installed drivers and needed software until I really liked it. I was a bit surprised that afterwards I didn't really mind if I was working in Windows or Linux.
My desktop now looks like this:
To summarize, only some very few installed software components made the difference between a comfortable environment and a crappy one:
- Code::Blocks: The first free and usable C++ IDE for Linux. I have worked with Eclipse, KDevelop, Emacs and taken a short look at others like Anjuta before, but nothing comes as close to VisualStudio as CodeBlocks. I am now using one of the Nightly builds for Ubuntu from the forum, and it still crashes sometimes, but it is heaven for me :)
- Opera: Also my favorite browser, but I really had to install it because Firefox seems to be even slower in Linux than in Windows. Its speed and especially memory usage is not even comparable to Opera if you ask me.
- Some small helper tools like a hex editor, XMMS for playing back mp3s (Ubuntu doesn't come with software capable of playing mp3s by default!), xine, and an ATI driver, making it possible to move windows in realtime finally :)
So I'm happy now again, time to start writing the Linux port.