I have been using Linux for about 4 years now. And I absolutely love it. The customization, security, and control I get are amazing. However, because Linux has such a small share of the desktop market, there are not that many games or specialty software. I don’t have that much of a problem with games because there are a ton available now. I am more of a console gamer anyway. There are plenty of emulators available on Linux as well.
The problem with Linux comes when I want to edit video and audio or do any kind of media production for the internet. The Adobe Suite is not available on Linux, and neither is Sony Vegas or any other “professional” media applications. You can get some Windows applications working with W.I.N.E but W.I.N.E is rather hit and miss and I don’t seem to have the best luck with it. So I looked for good Linux alternatives. Some were good and some were not so good. I have decided to share my experiences with you.
Finding a good application for image manipulation was not hard. I discovered the Gnu Image Manipulation Progam or “G.I.M.P” for short. The application does everything I need it to do. Creating Cards for video or making a meme is a snap. I have not tried to open Photoshop files with G.I.M.P, and I am not that familiar with Photoshop to compare features, but for an independent Hobiest or even a professional, I think they will be more than happy with this pick. Website: gimp.org
I don’t do that much audio editing its mainly adding a filter to improve the quality of audio and cut out mistakes I make when recording lines. The application I have found most useful is Audacity. It does what I need it to do and it is simple to use. It can crash on me from time to time, but it is stable for the most part and if you take it slow with your edits it shouldn’t crash. There is also Ardour and Qtractor, but both of there applications are far too complicated for me to comment on. If you make music or do advanced audio editing, these applications may be for you. Website: audacityteam.org
There are quite a few video editors for Linux, but most of them don’t have the features I need for content creation. Of all the video editors I have tried I am most happy with Kdenlive. It is a Qt application, but it runs just fine on My XFCE desktop. Kdenlive has plenty of features you can have as many tracks as you want, you can make exact cuts. It has a plethora of transitions and effects and many of them are key-frameable. I am not an expert video editor by any means, but Kdenlive does everything I need it to do. Kdenlive can be unstable at times, but that is usually because you have a bad version make sure you get the latest version from their website. Website: kdenlive.org
These are the applications I use on Linux. And I am happy with them they may not have all the features that the big name applications have, but they have the features I need.