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SickChick
post Dec 24 2004, 03:48 PM
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I believe it's 8.2. Right now I'm using windows. My brother-in-law put linux on my computer along with windows which was already on it. Well he never explained how I'm supposed to connect to the internet. Also, Linux will not open any applications I have in windows. It won't open music files I saved to Win. Media Player or messengers like AIM,MSN,yahoo, or trillian. Lol I'm very new to all of this, so I'd appreciate it if someone could help me out. Thanks, Amber.
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post Dec 24 2004, 04:08 PM
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Linux doesnt run Windows programs, just like Windows doesnt run mac programs. They are different operating systems, so work differently.

I dont use Suse however, so I'm not sure what kind of config tools are available for config'inf internet connections

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post Dec 24 2004, 08:27 PM
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ah ok...well that sucks then. Haha Thank you, though. I had no clue really. My brother in law didn't explain much. lol Merry Christmas to you too. happy.gif
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post Dec 24 2004, 08:48 PM
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Well, it doesn't really suck, it's just a cse of finding new programs. There are literally thousands of high-quality, FREE programs for Linux. For isntance, OpenOffce is an office suite which is comaptible with M$ formats, but is available for Linux, Mac, Windows and loads of other OSes.

XMMS and Xine are both high-quality multimedia apps for Linux.

What's more, the development of the apps is much quicker than the development cycles of propreitary software, which means features, bugs, security holes and ther things are added and fixed much more quickly. Obviously, there are then the normal advantages of the Linux system they are running on, which is more Secure, far less prone to viruses, and much more reliable than Windows.

Here are osme replacemtns for you

Windows App - Linux App

M$ Office - OpenOffice.org
Media Player - Xine or XMMS (or both...)
Internet Explorer - Firefox/Mozilla
Outlook Express - Thunderbird/Mozilla
MSN Messenger - GAIM, aMSN, Kopete (and loads of others)

It's well worth playing around with Linux - It's gaining popularity. It's free - What have you got to lose?

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post Dec 26 2004, 06:29 AM
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"What do you have to lose" Besides all the files you've already saved in WMP, or OO. wink.gif No offense, but while OO is nice in some circumstances, it isn't great.

And, let's face it, if this guy needs word processing, he probally needs to print. And in linux, printing blows.

Besides that, if you *need* to run window applications, you can use wine or winex.

I'm not sure how well they'd run WMP or AIM, but they do run some things incrediably well. Photoshop 7, Winamp, and Blizzard Games come to mind. smile.gif


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post Dec 26 2004, 06:40 AM
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Termina..this is not the correct place to endorse Windows.
I agree to most of your claims,but don't you agree that Linux has tons of advantages also.

What DS2K3 was probably trying to say is, Windows might be good,but there is no harm in learning Linux..which is also pretty good.

We are here maybe to promote Linux and solve the user problems,not scare them away.


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post Dec 26 2004, 03:25 PM
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Mandrake and Fedora both have very easy printing-setup utilities, and the cups web interface is also pretty easy to use.

As long as you ahve backups (whcih you should) then you dont stand the chance of losing many, if any files. Wine apparanelty runs media player, but why bother when could use a native-linux player with WMP codec support?

OO does have some features that Office lacks, such as the export as PDF and Flash options, which are useful if you are working in a web-publishing environment, or evn in an environment where you want people to have a more read-only format (which flash and pdf both are toa certain extent).


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post Dec 27 2004, 11:58 AM
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QUOTE (Hemant @ Dec 26 2004, 06:40 AM)
Termina..this is not the correct place to endorse Windows.
I agree to most of your claims,but don't you agree that Linux has tons of advantages also.

What DS2K3 was probably trying to say is, Windows might be good,but there is no harm in learning Linux..which is also pretty good.

We are here maybe to promote Linux and solve the user problems,not scare them away.

I'm not exactly endoring windows or putting down linux, I'm just pointing out that saying "what do you have to lose" in this situation doesn't seem appropriate to me.

Surely you arn't saying linux is perfect? wink.gif

Also, I'm not trying to scare him away. I am trying to make sure he doesn't install linux unprepared. Tricking people into using linux will scare them away from linux far better than I ever could, especially when they have problems.

If this guy needs to print, do you really belive linux is for him? Perhaps you've had better experience with printers under linux than I have, but the only way I can print to any of my printers (5 of them) is to print them through a windows print server.

So unless we tell him "well, install linux, but make sure to buy a seperate windows machine to print"... wink.gif

Of course, some printers work well with linux. And linux very well might be for you. smile.gif

One question though: Why are you using SuSe 8.0? IIRC, 9.2 is out. Is there an advantage to 8 that I am not aware?


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