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Linuxhelp _ Life after Windoze _ Will Wife Be Happy With Linux??? (Program-Wise)

Posted by: Coffee1970 Jan 17 2008, 10:31 PM

Hello World.......coming at ya from Ohio...thanks for reading....

Have installed Ubuntu on an older secondary one that is. Installed just fine, got Compiz and all the effects, including Skydomes, 3-D transparent cubes, etc...all to work.....Very Impressive!

Downloading packages is quick and easy...very cool OS indeed, and I like it's not from a Multi-Billion dollar corporation.

If we decide to go 100% Linux.....couple quick questions....Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated, and the Linux community is very helpful..thank you all for that!

1.) Is there a version or equal, and does it work as well, Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger for online chatting? We use both now.

2.) Wine and Cadega work pretty good? I do like my Windows games like Heroes Might Magic V and Visual Pinballs, etc, etc.

3.) Any need for ANtiVirus? Spyware/malware a problem? This would be BIG reason to switch away from Windows...ugh.

4.) Good support for DVD copying (my own for backups of course!)...and Limewire? These are asked to obtain totally legal files of course! )

That's enough for one post...I know, I know.....THANKS Everyone!

Very Happy to start becoming part of this scene.......makes messing around with computers fun again, like in the old days!


Posted by: DS2K3 Jan 20 2008, 12:13 PM

1) Yes - Kopete or GAIM are both multi-protocol IM clients
2) mmmm - Maybe. I would keep a dual-boot for windows games though
3) You don't really need AV, but it is available. Better safe than sorry, I run it every month or so (more frequently on servers)
4) K3B is an excellent CD/DVD burner that rivals Nero (which, incidentally, now has a linux version, too). Limewire runs on Linux! (I prefer Frostwire though)


Posted by: Coffee1970 Jan 21 2008, 07:24 AM

Have not heard of Frostwire...will check it out.
Many people say that Limewire downloads are very traceable...that someone can let you download a file and it traces where exactly it went other words....companies are using certain new movies and music to catch downloaders?
If this is true on a Windows program, does it hold true with Linux? Can these organizations track Linux users just as easily....and, is Spyware a problem on Linux?

Any info would be appreciated,

Posted by: DS2K3 Jan 21 2008, 02:15 PM

If you use P2P then other users can see your IP address - But that is the same with any communication across the internet (this forum stores your IP address, although it is not visible to most users). That would hold true for any file, not just certain ones. An IP address can be used to subpoena your ISP for your information. Linux will not stop that.

You generally won't need to worry about Spyware - Nobody makes Spyware for Linux, there isn't much money in it.

Posted by: Coffee1970 Jan 22 2008, 06:18 AM

Yeah, I was thinking that....thanks again for the info.
Lots to learn going through all the little stuff in all these distros......Have burned almost every major LiveCD distro and tried them....WHEW!!!
So far Ubuntu seems to be the easiest to set up and get going with all the 3-D eye candy and such.....just installed openSuse 10.3 last night....try it out today.

Posted by: matt Feb 10 2008, 10:46 PM

I'm a main cedega/wine user. I use Cedega to play most of my windows games including. World of Warcraft. Battlefield 2, Battlefield Vietnam. and alot of oldergames. You can visit the cedega game database at to get an idea if the games you want to play will work. as well you can try wine. In most cases some of the games have a lower fps in cedega. But its a trade off for running the joys of a free OS. I also use Wine at a school i work at to add support for older educational games that required Windows 98 that we would have initially trashed before switching to linux . Wine is a awesome tool indeed.

Posted by: matt Feb 10 2008, 11:09 PM

Also theres a Ubuntu DVD shrink guide at for backing up DVD's

Posted by: Corey Jun 16 2008, 09:31 AM

After paying for a Cedega membership for over 2 years, I would suggest not using it. It has been having poor progress and the developers are practically invisible.

I have since moved to Crossover Games ( which has better performance, and the developers work very closely with the community and with the Wine project. If you don't believe me, check out the compatibility forums on their website, their developers are constantly posting messages and helping users.

You can download the trial for 7 days, or purchase a copy of the software. The purchased software also gives you a free upgrades for a year.

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