LinuxQuestions.org
Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 12-14-2010, 07:45 AM   #1
dynomite1988
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Dec 2010
Posts: 4

Rep: Reputation: 0
device manager?


I am very new to linux. I just installed it a couple days ago and am learning my way around still. So sorry for this dumb question but I am just wondering.
there is a place like device manager in windows where it shows all the drivers installed for my laptop in linux?
Also is there a good website that will tell me what programs normally compatible with Windows are compatible with Linux?
 
Old 12-14-2010, 07:58 AM   #2
Linux.tar.gz
Senior Member
 
Registered: Dec 2003
Location: Paris
Distribution: Slackware forever.
Posts: 2,346

Rep: Reputation: 91
Hi !

Open a terminal.
The command lsmod shows what is called modules.
Modules are drivers or functionalities.
The command lspci shows which device is connected on the motherboard.
You may have to type the full path of these utilities, ie. : /sbin/lspci

The output may be obscure to you at first glance, so don't hesitate to google around or ask here.


http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/...re_Equivalents
 
Old 12-14-2010, 08:21 AM   #3
Soadyheid
Senior Member
 
Registered: Aug 2010
Location: Near Edinburgh, Scotland
Distribution: Cinnamon Mint 17.3 and 18 at present.
Posts: 1,259

Rep: Reputation: 270Reputation: 270Reputation: 270
Quote:
Also is there a good website that will tell me what programs normally compatible with Windows are compatible with Linux?
Not quite sure what you mean here. If you expect Linux to work like Windows then you may be disappointed. You need to realise that it's different and then give it a chance. Don't think Windows.
Programs? Do you mean standard stuff like Office 2008 which is being pushed hard in the UK media at present; Radio and TV? The main Office suite used in Linux is Open Office which can handle probably everything you'd need. I don't believe anyone uses all the functions of MS Office and all the people with 2008 have problems sending documents to their friends who are still running 2003! Open Office can handle both formats, 2003 can't. There are a lot of other choices as well dependent on your needs, disk space, etc.

Photoshop? You can use the Gimp, (You can download it for Windows too.) Maya 3d Modeling? Use Blender. The last two well known Microsoft Applications are mega pricey.

If you want to run games I'm afraid I'd advise buying a PS3 or an Xbox. If you really want to play Windows games, stick to Windows as you need to add an extra layer of complexity to Linux and what's the point - or you could dual boot Windows/Linux

Why don't you give us a list of the Applications you want to run and we can advise?

Play Bonny!
 
Old 12-14-2010, 05:47 PM   #4
chrism01
LQ Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Sydney
Distribution: Centos 6.9, Centos 7.3
Posts: 17,374

Rep: Reputation: 2383Reputation: 2383Reputation: 2383Reputation: 2383Reputation: 2383Reputation: 2383Reputation: 2383Reputation: 2383Reputation: 2383Reputation: 2383Reputation: 2383
you may find this list useful http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/...ndows_software. As a rule, try to find functionally equiv progs that run on Linux. MS progs will not run natively on Linux, the OS internals are completely different.
If you absolutely must have an MS prog that you can't find a Linux equiv for, look up http://www.winehq.org/
 
Old 12-14-2010, 06:09 PM   #5
onebuck
Moderator
 
Registered: Jan 2005
Location: Midwest USA, Central Illinois
Distribution: SlackwareŽ
Posts: 12,766
Blog Entries: 27

Rep: Reputation: 2081Reputation: 2081Reputation: 2081Reputation: 2081Reputation: 2081Reputation: 2081Reputation: 2081Reputation: 2081Reputation: 2081Reputation: 2081Reputation: 2081
Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

Quote:
Originally Posted by dynomite1988 View Post
I am very new to linux. I just installed it a couple days ago and am learning my way around still. So sorry for this dumb question but I am just wondering.
there is a place like device manager in windows where it shows all the drivers installed for my laptop in linux?
Also is there a good website that will tell me what programs normally compatible with Windows are compatible with Linux?
(Linux is Not Windows) Refers to the GNU/Linux OS and various Free & Open-Source Software (FOSS) projects under the catch-all name of "Linux". A good read.

GNU/Linux-Newbie provides links that will help a newbie.

You may find these links to be of value;


Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Bash Reference Manual
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide
Linux Newbie Admin Guide
LinuxSelfHelp
Getting Started with Linux






The above links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!

Last edited by onebuck; 12-14-2010 at 06:10 PM. Reason: correct list
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
device manager krishaccess Linux - Newbie 1 06-20-2010 04:23 AM
where is device manager ach1lles Slackware 5 12-12-2009 09:33 AM
In device manager on Ubuntu.. DAVE666 Linux - Newbie 4 01-18-2008 03:50 AM
Device Manager EThitop Linux - Newbie 2 05-25-2004 10:29 PM
Where's Device Manager????! chosmer Linux - Newbie 2 02-28-2002 04:29 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:25 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration