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Old 03-09-2006, 10:25 PM   #1
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Question i am new to linux. i have recent pentium 4. I use OFFICE more. Which freeware?


Hi
I am new to linux and new to posting question.
I wish to know which linux freeware is appropriate for the freshers. I work more with OFFICE, word, powerpoint, frontpage.

I would require 'picture viewer' and photoshop.
Can I have video/audio/music playing using the linux operating system?

Word, powerpoint and picture (image) viewer and editor are urgently required features.

Is there any software that can work without my downloading on to the PC so that I can learn the features of linux?

Where do I get this freeware? Which freeware is appropriate?

Cheers.
drashok
 
Old 03-09-2006, 10:44 PM   #2
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Many questions......
You can most easily try Linux using what is called a "live CD". Many distro's websites have them, but the REALLY easy way to get one is bundled with a Linux mag like Linux Format.

Open Soure alternatives are available for most of the things on your list---eg:
OpenOffice.org for MS Office
Gimp for Photoshop

Some of this will be on a live CD---I suggest you simply start there and then come back with more questions.
 
Old 03-09-2006, 11:17 PM   #3
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Thanks pixellany.
I appreciate your prompt reply.
I am set out to look for "live CD".
drashok
 
Old 03-09-2006, 11:34 PM   #4
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Pixellany is right in saying that try out a live CD.
Probably best live CD for any newbie is : PCLinuxOS , which contains almost all utilities that a newbie/end-user will require.
Download a copy from:
http://www.pclinuxos.com/
 
Old 03-09-2006, 11:57 PM   #5
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nitinatindore, thanks for telling me where to look for live CD.
I shall go to the site and do the needful.
love and regards
drashok
 
Old 03-10-2006, 12:30 AM   #6
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Dear Pixellany,
I didn't knew that live CD is the same as 'pclinuxos'.
I am downloading it.

Dear nitinatindore,
Thanks

I am downloading PCLinusxOS.
there was a choice.
This is the one one picked up- "nvidia 7676.iso"

I am looking forward to knocking out windows XP.
Let me have the feel of this live cd and get used to its functions.

drashok
 
Old 03-10-2006, 12:33 AM   #7
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Hi
pixellany

nitinatindore

I wish I had something like 'getright' to speed up the download.
Which accelerator should I use?

drashok
 
Old 03-10-2006, 01:24 AM   #8
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You shouldn't use any acceleration program.
 
Old 03-10-2006, 01:47 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by drashok
I didn't knew that live CD is the same as 'pclinuxos'.
PCLinuxOS is an example of a distribution and you can get live CDs for several other distributions.
 
Old 03-10-2006, 02:45 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by drashok
Hi
I am new to linux and new to posting question.
I wish to know which linux freeware is appropriate for the freshers. I work more with OFFICE, word, powerpoint, frontpage.

I would require 'picture viewer' and photoshop.
Can I have video/audio/music playing using the linux operating system?

Word, powerpoint and picture (image) viewer and editor are urgently required features.

Is there any software that can work without my downloading on to the PC so that I can learn the features of linux?

Where do I get this freeware? Which freeware is appropriate?

Cheers.
drashok
The easiest way to try linux is with a live cd. If you have a slow dial up like I do then it will be easier to get one through the snail mail instead of downloading. I suggest trying Cheep linux.com. The Knopix version is particularly good and will only cost you a few dollars. It has almost everything you could possibly want to try and runs off the cd and does not put anything onto your hard drive.
 
Old 03-10-2006, 05:24 PM   #11
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Thanks to Vitog,
Thanks to Pixellany, nitingatindore

I wish to have a linux operating system with the OFFICE features. I have new pentium 4 desktop PC. The downloading time (speed) is something like 96 hours for 'live CD'. I don't wish to get it by postal mail.
I need it rather soon. What shall I do?

drashok
 
Old 03-10-2006, 08:16 PM   #12
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You might want to try Damn Small Linux. It can also be run liveCD but is only a 50MB download
 
Old 03-10-2006, 08:34 PM   #13
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Or go to your local magazine store and see if they have a linux magazine with a linux live CD in it. There's lots of different live CDs...
 
Old 03-10-2006, 08:42 PM   #14
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...also, just so you know, most distros are free, and any software published under the GNU Open Source Liscense is technically "freeware". Although, from what I hae found , they tend to be more complete than standard "freeware".

Also, If you have a friend who has high-speed interent, you might want to download it at that friend's house, or you could find a magazine at a local book-store.
 
Old 03-11-2006, 01:23 AM   #15
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if you have absolutley no way of getting it let me know. i will pay the postage and ship it. no cost to you at all if you live in the U.S.A. if not i wont be able to ship outside continental US
 
  


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