Linux and your workflow

A rather open-ended question to pose for those reading- are you using Linux as part of your regular workflow today (either server or desktop), and how do you currently use it in conjunction with Macromedia’s Studio products? What are the pitfalls, what works well? I’m particularly interested in thoughts from any developers using open IDEs such as Eclipse or Mac/Windows-based designers who interact regularly with Linux-based developers, and how you currently interact between your toolsets. Thoughts? Please post a comment and share your experiences!

4 Responses to Linux and your workflow

  1. Bradley Miller says:

    Currently we are using a cornicopia of different environments and we’re looking to incorporate more. We develop locally with Linx/PHP with a hook to a DB2 server. For our flash work we use Windows and have a shared drive on the Linux box. We then develop the apps and they tie to a Linux/PHP server through AMFPHP. The entire thing is versioned with CVS (hence the mapped drive on the Windows box). The environment works for now, but if the network has a glitch we end up losing what we were working on in Flash (it won’t save, an for some reason it completely won’t save locally on a drive either). We are looking at reducing our development environment down to a single box, a Mac based box that we can have Apache/PHP/etc… all on there for testing. This should help things out quite a bit. To use our current setup we have dual monitor cards on both the Linux box and Windows box with the monitor in the middle being on a KVM. It’s awkward developing / testing /flipping to another box all the time. That’s why we’re looking to the Mac platform.

  2. Since I now have a lovely Mac at work, I have lost the inclination to switch to Linux as a production system. However, I do store all my code (Actionscript, PHP, C#, etc.) in a Subversion repository on a Slackware 10 box (which has Apache 2 and PHP 5 installed too to host our intranet), and we use another Slackware 10 box (with more realistic hosting setup of Apache 1.3 with PHP 4.3.8) for hosting our sites in development.

  3. Scott Fegette says:

    Thanks, guys- good info! It would seem OS X Macs are playing rather heavily into desktop Linux decisions these days (I can’t argue the point myself save for cost reasons- I’m running a PHP/Apache/AMFPHP/CVS setup on my Mac machines as well)?

  4. Bradley Miller says:

    The one intrinsic value that never is “factored” on some decisions is the time value. I always reach for the best tool at hand, so if it’s PHP, ColdFusion, or whatever I choose — I can. I’d hate to be a “we’re only blah” shop where I couldn’t do anything else. If you factor time lost on a platform when you have to reboot, you also have to look at time spent adapting to a new learning curve or dealing with way out there “what the?” type problems. The Mac platform is looking like a very attractive GUI with the underlying power of a *NIX type understructure. I do like the flexibility also on software costs. I don’t need MS Office, Star/Open Office does everything I need.