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    Anna V

    Hi Everyone, 

    Thank you for your feedback.

    We have forwarded you comments to the person in charge for further consideration.

    Hope for your patience and understanding. 

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    Robert Stites

    I would really appreciate having Luminar migrated to Linux or at least a version that can run in Wine and/or Virtual Box. I've paid for this application for Windows but my real computer is Ubuntu. 

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    I've been a Linux user for several years. My last Windows OS was Win 2000 yeah its been that long!

    I'd love to see this ported over to Linux. But now I use Darktable, (Also available for Windows), GIMP and an older app called LightZone. There's stuff available for Linux users, and many of us would pay for Luminar if it was available.

    Checkbook's open...........

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    José Luis Gallegos

    I think we're all going the wrong way.
    The Linux market is currently very small. There's no doubt about that.
    But how many people have Windows or Mac systems wanting to switch to Linux?
    And if there are so many, why don't they (we) change?
    Because of the lack of programs like Luminar 3, for example.
    So you only have to think that the first commercial quality programs that land in the Linux world will ensure a privileged position for the future.
    The problem is that this step is costly and would take a long time to see favorable economic results, but I don't think it's a matter of many years either. In less than a year, Windows 7 support is over, and this is a very important moment.

    A version that worked without problems in Wine would be a good first step.
    In reality, perhaps you would only need a good script to solve the installation problems. Maybe.

     

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    Jon Fear

    In all fairness, MAC OSX is a port of Linux and so the step towards Linux would not be that great.

    I have always used Windows for desktop and Linux for servers however with the support for Window 7 time limited and Windows 10 being so intrusive, I am looking to move to a Linux desktop this year, almost certainly in the next 6 months.

    Linux desktops are very stable and can match the look of Windows well. They are far more efficient than Windows with both memory and CPU management. You can run VM's under Linux but there are limitations and of course performance hits with running VM's unless carefully setup using the "better" virtualisation systems out there.

    I for one would welcome the team working  with the community to get a Linux version deployed. I also have other users (work mates) who also like Linux and have Luminar 3 and so could help with the tests...

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    Jon Fear

    Jose - Well said. I have now moved both my wife and I to Linux Mint. We are not going back. I will try to install Luminar3 under Wine however I do need to know the pre-requesites first. What other packages are needed for install? Almost certainly .net but which version or versions. Anything else?

    I would much prefer to install natively but at a push I will try the Wine route. Windows in our house is dead... 

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    José Luis Gallegos

    I'm switching to Linux and I've already bought several programs on Linux.
    If a version of Capture One for Linux were released tomorrow, even at a cost of $300, I would buy it without hesitation.
    These debates in my humble opinion are useful for businesses. Information to know what many users or potential users think.
    Just feedback.

    What they do with this information is another matter.

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    Nicolas Fischer

    I have since a few years the same view like Jakub.

    I do use Linux since 2006 as my OS on my Desktop and Notebooks as well. I am working with Darktable + GIMP and in the past I used Bibble/ Corel Aftershot. Getting Luminar to Linux would be awesome and to be honest having (again) a commercially supported product on that platform would sell.

    I just purchased a fresh Panasonic S1R and I would love purchase a good close sourced/ commercial software for RAW file processing.

    I like open standards etc. but I am purchasing good software and there is many SW out there which is NON-free and runs on Linux (perhaps coming even from other Unix Platforms and these never had been free of charge).

    I give crowed founding idea a big THUMBS UP. Why not try such and campain and see if the money to make it happen can be collected. If not then do a refound!

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    David Reagan

    Erm, OSX is actually a Unix like operating system. Not a port of Linux. It does borrow from BSD. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacOS

    So since Linux is a Unix like OS as well, there should be some overlap. But I'm not sure it would be a simple job to port any of Skylum's tools to Linux.

    That said, I wonder if Skylum could just make a Linux version that also works on Windows 10 if you have Windows Subsystem for Linux installed? Heh.

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    Jon Fear

    Hi David,

    I want to get away from the Windows eco system. It is very intrusive and likes to report more data about me back to MS that I really want... I really do not like W10 and will not have it in the house having tried it on several systems. W7 is OK but is now reporting back to Redmond far too much.

    I value my privacy...

    Still I wait in hope.

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    Mark Lopiccola

    If and when you do port to Linux, I will finally be able to abandon the Windows/Adobe syndicate.

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    Actually now that I've started really exploring Darktable for Linux, I'm sold. May not have the presets that Luminar has, but you can create anything you want with Darktable. I'm still exploring it, but like it a lot.

     

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    Kenneth Bingham

    I'm a Darktable user that's interested in buying Luminar if native Linux support or a seamless install with Steam+Proton is offered.

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    Jon Fear

    If that is the case then remove me from your advertising mailing list. I am not interested in spending money on a product that will not run on a platform of my choice. Luminar 4 and all future Windows based editions will remain unsold in my house...

    Jon Fear

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    Jon Fear

    Wulff - Thank you for the tip about Darktable. It is very similar to Luminar and will get some use. I am well into replacing Windows now, the VM is only run up when I need something like IE for problem sites...

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    Ivan Toman

    +1 for the linux build. Luminar 4 looks like great software, but noone that runs linux as primary desktop OS won't willing to paid for it if one has to reboot into Windows to use it. There are always other options out there instead of purchasing Luminar, but this is sad. Yes I know it requires more costs for new developers and your cost-benefit analysis probably says you will lose money if you do that, bla bla bla... keep in mind that there are lot of developers that might be interested in adapting software to linux for very small money. Maybe even for free if they will get it for free.

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    Dennis Eisenschwein

    Here are my 5 cents: I am also a Linux user and would like to use Luminar as a supplement or replacement for RawTherapee/ Darktable and GIMP. Most of all because of its excellent creative and artistic possibilities and functions! I am more than willing to pay an appropriate amount of money.
    It would be so wonderful if we could get this fine piece of software on our systems! Many people would be happy about that. Especially because them well-known companies will never be interested in Linux!

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    Robert Stites

    If Luminar was designed as a thin-client there wouldn't be much need for this discussion. I find the operating environment for Luminar and Skylum's other software products very limiting and that is the reason I won't be purchasing any of their other software.

    Until Skylum decides to make their products compatible across a wider base of operating systems, I will stick with digiKam, Rawtherapee and Gimp.

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    Wulff Martin

    I am currently switching from Windows to Linux and have already successfully done it on my laptop.
    Darktable and Gimp are an excellent alternative and still open source, what more could you want?

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    Colin Grant

    It is not near sighted at all. They cannot support a Mac and Windows version as it is. Heavens knows what would happen if they tried bringing a second tier OS into the equation.

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    Member

    Should there be any interest in coming up with Linux support, I'd suggest just picking one distro to work with, and two of the most popular and Ubuntu and Mint.  It would be a start anyway.

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    Jakub Krchňavý

    Yes. Also one of my dreams. 

    Now I use RawTherapee and GIMP. It takes time to process my images, but I have no viable alternatives. I have build my own desktop for some heavy duty computing and I use Linux for years now. I'm newer coming back to windows. To even try Luminar I'd have to buy new SSD, buy windows, install everything, ... not going to happen. 

    I can pay 200-300€ for software I want and that will save me a lot of time (Luminar sounds like it would). How many people like this do you need to make it happen? Can you start a crowdfunding campaign? "Are you a lone linux user and none of the big companies loves you? Do you wish that they will make software for you? Do you use free apps that lag 10 years in features behind? Would you buy linux app if somebody made one? PUTT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUNT IS!! It will happen when we raise xxxx???€€ on kickstarter". 

    I would buy it. 

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    Chema GD

    I will happily pay in advance if we have a timeline. I do not think the matter belongs to your developers. It's the management or the product owner whom needs to prioritize this.. You will get a unique community...

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    gerard brown

    Plus one from me too.
    I have Luminar 3 & 4 on Windows but would really prefer to be able to run this on Linux.
    I get that Linux is not perceived as a platform for commercial software but I suspect you would be surprised at the response you'd get to a quality product like Luminar on Linux.

    An alternative might be a subscription option of a web based editing option.  I would forgo the library features for this...  and it would support all platform of course :-)

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    Ben C

    We  need linux version.

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    Lukas Hilmar

    Yes, a linux version would be really nice. I dont want to run a virtual machine just for image editing :( The other linux image editing tools arent so feature rich and simple to handle like luminar. Please add it to your sprint goal =)

     

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    Victor Cordero

    I also join, I hope someday they decide that Luminar would be a very good option for linux. Market opening, the fear of many.

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    William Allen

    Also as a Linux, Darktable, and Gimp user, I would love to see a version of Luminar native to Linux.  While OSX is a *nix, I do understand the complexity of the different kernels and libraries, even though a lot of aspects are similar in *nix operating systems.... meaning I know it's not just a simple port.

    That said, I think if you promote the possibility of a linux version through the correct linux and photography communities, you will get a lot of response of folks willing to purchase a linux version.  Just because we mostly use open source products does not mean we are unwilling to purchase certain specialty software.  Heck, I purchased Corel's After Shot Pro for linux long ago... but ended up on darktable because it is superior, not because it's "free".

    Why is Linux getting more popular?

    Windows is consumerized adware/spyware, and OSX is a walled garden (I dumped OSX after mavericks when one could no long deeply customize their desktops with products like candybar).  Been running Linux on my iMac since and haven't looked back.  However I just replaced my iMAC with a high-end NUC mounted to the back of a 34in curved 4k monitor.... so running OSX is no longer an option for me, even if I wanted to. (And no, I won't hackintosh my NUC).

    Anyway...what I'm trying to say is if you put feelers out in the right areas... I bet you'd get a lot of response for a linux version... and subsequent sales.

     

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    José Luis Gallegos

    I agree, too many variants, too many distros, but I have bought native Linux software that works well with all of them.

    The important thing for me right now is that companies like Skylum know that there are many Linux users who are willing to pay for quality software.
    And that there are also many more users who want to switch to Linux than they imagine.
    And that the first companies to disembark in this universe will have advantageous positions, as I said before.
    I don't ask for miracles. I imagine that for Skylum to face something like this is probably impossible right now. That's why I only ask them to consider the possibility even if it's for a few years from now.
    One thing that will be within their reach is for some engineer to study the possibility of making some script so that their program (without changes) works in Wine.

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    Robert Stites

    The developers aren't willing to do a Linux version. It's a very near sighted view.

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