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Old 09-10-2010, 09:00 PM   #1
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I'm a complete noob so be patient with me


I'm kind of new to the world of computer science and such, so excuse if I don't use correct jargon. I'll try my best to be clear. Though I'm sure you Linux experts won't have a problem :P

So I recently just connected my computer with a network. I have an account on this network, and the idea is that I want to access the programs here from my PC, which is a Windows Vista.

The network runs on Linux. So far, I've only begun to understand the command-and-prompt method of this Linux system and I only know how to browse through directories (i.e. "cg /" and "ls"). And that's it.

Now this is going to sound a bit vague and frankly, I'm clueless, but this Linux operation system already has files in it. I'm trying to access an .exe file in the system and I just don't know how to do it. So take me from step one and move forth. Thanks!
 
Old 09-10-2010, 09:01 PM   #2
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Oh, and a quick note: I would really appreciate it if someone can also explain how to access any other files in general, such as PDF files in my kind of situation.
 
Old 09-10-2010, 10:08 PM   #3
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First of all, Linux uses a completely different executable file format than Windows. Secondly, if you double-click on a PDF file, Document Viewer will pop up. Thirdly, OpenOffice can export to and import from PDF. On a fourth note, you can easily open, create *AND* save *ALL* Microsoft Office file formats using OO. If that isn't enough, please post some more information.
 
Old 09-10-2010, 10:41 PM   #4
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dVbzx

I would suggest scrapping Vista, but that's another topic altogether. Anyhow, I'm having a hard time understanding your post honestly. You say you are running Vista but you also spoke about the linux command line. Please elaborate further!

Typically when you want to open and or install a .exe in linux you would need to install a Windows emulator such as Wine.

Lastly, not sure of which flavor of Linux you are referencing, but you can 'possibly' use evince or just download Adobe Reader using apt-get if Ubuntu is in the picture.
 
Old 09-10-2010, 10:52 PM   #5
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When you connected your Vista machine to the network, you had to "define" the network connection. Depending on the definition you gave it, Windows turns on different options (network discovery, file sharing, personal firewall, etc).

Most likely, you have picked the wrong option (like public network) and all that is turned off. I'm going off memory from the Vista machines at work so work your google-fu on how to change the Vista side.

As far as using/finding files/programs on the network, generally speaking you will either access the server (like a terminal server) and run programs that reside on the server in a "virtual desktop" or the network has a storage device/server on it and you should be able to map a network drive to that resource and enjoy.

HTH
Dave
 
Old 09-10-2010, 10:55 PM   #6
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It appears the OP has access to a linux server from his computer running Vista and trying to find some files.
Is this a school network? How are you logging into the server?
What are you trying to do with this exe file? download it?
It is all vary vague and some additional clarification is required.
 
Old 09-11-2010, 03:30 PM   #7
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Well, I manage to understand how to work the programs after looking around for some tips. Yes, this is a school network and I'm working on a project that requires this program only provided through this network. Turns out executing the file was as simple as just typing the directory of the .exe file without any commands. *slams head into keyboard* The file just opened through my windows system from the linux system. Thanks, guys. I appreciate your posts. Now it's just a matter of getting use to this program so I can work on projects.

@mgsmith7475: No kidding, I agree with the idea of scrapping Vista. But as a college student scraping by, I haven't found the time nor money to get anywhere yet with that idea. Soon, my friend, soon.
 
Old 09-11-2010, 04:12 PM   #8
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Would a remote desktop be of use to you?
 
Old 09-11-2010, 10:10 PM   #9
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@dVbzx, the good thing about Linux is scraping by isn't much of a deterrent. Plenty of free distros.
 
Old 09-12-2010, 08:28 AM   #10
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And BTW Linux doesn't care whether a file ends in ".pdf" or ".exe", it just treats them as part of the name and doesn't have any concepts of them being special. It actually looks inside the files to tell what they are.
 
  


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