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I'm coming over from the SuSE 9.1 Pro side of things (long involvement w/ MS) and am looking to let Linux do some of the things that I have done in the past -- more or less -- through Google.
Let's get specific:
- I run a home office set-up, logging, phone activity, costs are essential.
- My business is more or less Biotech Business Development, patents, distribution, running as an "interested investor" or Consultant.
- My contacts are global and I am always looking for products that will allow me to give command searches versus the usual Google. Then find the companies involved and offer my services.
Jeez, I think that you've got the completely wrong idea about my post.
There's a whole "back office" out there and if you want to accomplish something in say Brazil, Singapore, Japan or the other places that I do business you might realize that I'm not looking to run a SPAM engine.
Back to the point - the original idea here is "data-mining".
I don't think there is anything like that at the moment - but if I'm right, that's not to say there will never be anything like it. At a guess, places like IBM, Novell and other distributors as well as Oracle may use/need something like that. Have you tried dropping them a line? If there isn't something there already, you may start something off
What's the name of the app you used under Windows? Have you tried it with WINE or Crossover Office (there is a demo for you to test the app before buying if it works).
In the process to get going with Linux I'd archeived all my MS programs and did a fresh install of MS and then installed SuSE Pro. I'd have to go through my back-up CDs to find the name of the program that I bought.
I've tried WINE on a couple of occassions, but no success in getting MS .exes to get running. As I understand it the WINE Project keeps changing daily and what I probably have on my machine is probably too old to be effective. I'm trying a work-around for that with apt-get, but this'll take a bit of time.
I have posted on the Novell site, but was told to go Google. Novell doesn't seem to have brought the A-Team in regard to supporting SuSE Pro users. I'm sure they figure it out as the Open Source Community does have a lot of good things out there.
I'll try to reformulate my request, check out Oracle and IBM as you suggested, and dig through my archeived CDs to see what it was that I used on the MS side of my machine. Most of what I have seen is in the Enterprise Management scheme of things, where a corporation has to sift through their terabytes of data. A good friend of mine works in the Aerospace industry and there is more time spend there building databses than making products.
Just to keep this thread going I'd back tracked and found the name of the s/w that I'd bought. I've not tried it for about 8 - 9 months - http://www.webextractor.com/index.htm. I paid $100.00 for a certain version.
In regard to Novell support for SuSE I'd gotten this cryptic response from someone over there, besides the one that I should try Google.
"We can not do that, there is a Linux community that will provide that.
Support is also the primary revenue".
Strange, but true.
Again, there is a few MS things out there and I was only thinking that the Linux versions would be better.