Originally posted by tahoma
im a linux newbie, fedora core 3 is on its way down to my machine, actually ive had various distros installed over time, but ive never felt comfortable in linux, simply because i dont feel that i ahve the control that i need, that i have in windows. all my questions should be seen in the regard that im used to windows i guess
i do NOT like the basic firewalls that seems to be built into linux. these seem to be only open port/closed port (at least thats all ive found)
im using outpost pro in windows, i need similar features in linux. for example:
-blocking outbound as well as inbound connections based on rules and prompts when soemthing new wants to connect
- ability to see whats actually connected and to where
i want total control, nothing including linux itself should be able to do anything without my permission.
Most firewall solutions for linux will be wrappers for iptables/ipchains, and iptables is extremely configurable.
is it needed at all ? im using kaspersky in windows.if needed, what do i get?
dunno, I don't use one in windows so don't know where to start.
i need some kind of software directory for linux, similar to snapfils.com etc for windows
Not sure what you mean; a software directory? software usually installs to to /usr/local or /opt
4: can i play real, windows, etc media in linux? what do i need?
Yup, you need a good movie player (mplayer or totem) and codecs.
5: file system. the linux one is confusing for me. is there any way to see filesystem, folders, drives etc like in windows?also i need a filemamanger with a tree down the left, liek windows explorer.
explorer type file managers aren't that common, but konquerer is fairly similar
6: boot manager
last time i tried grub/lilo didnt work well with sata drives. ive only got sata drives, i want it to work. any sugestions?
i dont like skins at all, they slow down and have no function. supposedly theres no way of avoiding using bitmaps or whatever in linux? like in windows classic style
Huh?? Try fluxbox, no skins just your programs.
Hell, you don't need to use a window manager AT ALL.. In fact you never need a graphical display if you don't want. What linux distros have you been trying, linspire???
last time i had a rought time trying to isntall ati radeon drivers...
Ati drivers are still rough but getting better.
8: IRC, may not seem like a big problem, but the irc clients for linux ive seen, i dont care for them. do u nkow any that look and function a bit like mirc?
tried xchat? xchat isn't too far away from mIRC.
9: cd/dvd burning. i never found out how to do this. what program to use?
10: image editing
the gimp is ok i suppose, but its not photoshop. are there any better alternatives ?
gimp is horrible, I feel your pain.
11: html editor. im used to dreamweaver. are there any similar wysiwyg programs for linux?
I think quanta might be? There's a separate thread on this somewhere (search for frontpage and sort by date).
12:something like rainlendar and samurize ? i really like to ahve weather, tv listings, calendar on dekstop
Ewww, "channels" heh, thought they went out of fashion years ago
You should be able to find something you like, although really the "desktop" doesn't exist in a lot of window managers.
13 a pure clean TEXT ONLY email client if possible. emails shoudl be text not html
pine, nail, mutt, are console only. Or you can set up thunderbird to display and send only in plain text.
14 winrar or similar for linux?
It should install with unrar.
ok if i can get most of this then i see no reason to stick with windows
any suggestions or replies would be muchly appreaciated, dont make fun of me please, not everyone can be linux experts