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I'm posting this message in a call to the Linux people out there who put distro's like Mandrake 9 together, to the admin's of this forum and forum's just like it, to the people who are in the "know" who help us people who aren't.
Being a Windose user for many years and being very skilled at the equivalent of MCSE level without any cert (who needs a cert for being able to point and click...) I found it at first difficult to get use to *nix styled OS's. Finally, I am getting the hang of it and I can't stop wanting to use Mandrake 9.0. I think it's a huge improvement over 8.2 and the look is wonderful. Most of all you guys save us "recovering win2k" users from going out of business trying to keep up with licenses even more so now that they have an expiration date. Now Microsoft is like milk. By the time you get halfway through a economy size box of Rice Krispies your milk is out of date and have to buy a new carton.
Linux needs to just come a little closer to an average day friendly user enviroment and it'll take hold. You guys have it got it going on. Linux needs to take a firm grasp into a alternative OS to Windows to help bring down the prices of software. Even if you have to charge a little for really good apps.
Soon as I get wine working I will not need win2k.
keep up the good work and keep helping us less informed people become informed.
Stay with Linux cause it is great, but do not expect too much from wine.
If you have windows applications to run, you'd rather keep windows until you find the equivalent of each application on Linux (you will find an equivalent of everything except games).
You can also try Win4Lin.
It's a bit pricey ( $80-$90 ) but it seems to work pretty well.
It actually boots a Windows Desktop up for you. I did have
some problems with a software package or two on it, but it
does have the advantage that it "boots up" in about 10-15
I think you better stick to dual booting. Wine is never going to run heavy apps like illustrator and photoshop to your satisfaction. They will run probably twice as slow as they do on windows if they run at all...
then a new and maybe better question would now be how does an operating system get enough attention so that the software companies make a port for linux?
i mean it can't be impossible. shit a good group of people lead the first 13 colonies to break away from the british which I think was probably a lot tougher then maybe getting all the linux people to group together and petition these software companies into making alternative ports of their windows software.
sounds like a long shot but if nobody makes the effort then you can't complain about windows and their hold on the world. they started from nothing and became what they are today.