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Old 02-01-2006, 11:10 PM   #1
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I installed Linux and it loks good but....


What do I do now? I've been through the program and opened everything I could, but there is nothing I can use. Like everyone else I came from Windows using MSWorks. How do I open the equivalent of Works in Linux or is it not there? Where do I get the info on downloading if I have to get a Linux program? I'm tired of looking at the desktop and not having anything else to use. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Norm
 
Old 02-01-2006, 11:21 PM   #2
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Try letting everyone know what flavor of linux you installed and what you want to do.
What did you used to do on you old machine?
 
Old 02-01-2006, 11:42 PM   #3
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get a paxckage manager APT, yum yast whatever you need and INSTALL.


i suggest anything mozilla, a litrle NVU and audiocity and amarok on the side, with a touch of fluxbox and pingus.


if you cant tell i am a suse and fedora user, what are you qwerty
 
Old 02-02-2006, 01:38 AM   #4
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I dont really know what MSWORKS is but it must be some kind of Office crap, try the best Office suite available at:
http://download.openoffice.org/2.0.1/index.html

If you are using KDE then Koffice should provide you with good equivalents.

Anyways if you are confused this list will surely help you out, it deals with linux equivalents for popular windows programs.

http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/...ndows_software

WELCOME to LINUX !
Cheers

Last edited by nitinatindore; 02-02-2006 at 01:41 AM.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 02:48 AM   #5
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Yeah, openoffice is better than MSworks, and unlike msworks, openoffice (OOo) is file compatible with MS Office

But MS works will run under wine or crossover on linux, no doubt, if you really want it.

So what linux did you install. I just loaded up mandriva 2006 and like most, it came with OOo...
 
Old 02-02-2006, 08:57 AM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by qwerty111
What do I do now? I've been through the program and opened everything I could, but there is nothing I can use. Like everyone else I came from Windows using MSWorks. How do I open the equivalent of Works in Linux or is it not there? Where do I get the info on downloading if I have to get a Linux program? I'm tired of looking at the desktop and not having anything else to use. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
Norm
What do you WANT to do???
MSWorks---everyone???? I know NOONE that uses MSWorks!!

Seriously: First, learn to use your package manager. Depending on your version of Linux, it will be somewhere in the menus with a name like "install programs", "install SW", etc.

Next, tell us a generic application, and we can tell you our favorites. example:
Word Processor:
OpenOffice.org
Abiword
One or both of these may already be on your machine.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 09:05 AM   #7
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i suggest you stick with OOo. it is HUGEly supoorted and popular.

it is fairly clean code and is updated nicely, allot more than MS office. and it has supoort for closed and open file types.

the only big problem is it can be a bit of a memory hog and it has very few built in "power point" templates. otherwise it rocks
 
Old 02-02-2006, 09:12 AM   #8
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@qwerty111: welcome!
what linux distribution do you use? You'll probably find that alot of things came preinstalled in your system.
You just have to find them.
Start searching specific info on your distribution.
If you want to learn the console (CLI) terminal try: http://www.linuxcommand.org/
Quote:
Now what?
You have Linux installed and running. The GUI is working fine, but you are getting tired of changing your desktop themes. You keep seeing this "terminal" thing.
good luck
 
Old 02-03-2006, 11:54 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info guys. As luck would have it, my windows 98SE CRASHED on me and I'm having a real snit getting it up and running on this computer. On my GOOD computer (I think it is anyway) I have an 80G HD run by a Pentium 4 that is really fast. That's where the Linux is installed.

Rather than try to explain what version I have, it's easier if you go to Ebay and check out auction number 7215629875, that's the version I bought. So I don't know which one it is. Looks generic to me.

nitinatindore.... MSWorks I always thought was pretty good. It has a spreadsheet, word processing, database and a communications program. I've used it for 15 years and I have a lot of files saved on it that I don't want to lose. If I can get something compatible that would be great for the Linux.

It will take me some time to get working on the Linux but I'll be posting here a lot! Thanks for your help.
 
Old 02-04-2006, 12:08 AM   #10
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the linux distribution you bought was PCLinuxOS, v9.2?
check out this link to see links to reviews about this distro, and to see the list of inlucded software. here

openOffice is a very good office suite. check it out here.. its also free. im not sure if it converts the files you have, it may and may not; id assume it would though.

as people were asking.. what software do you use that you are looking for and cant find on linux? (besides the office suite)

- games?
- IM (instant messengers)
- photo editing?
- media player?

tell us what you use (or used to use on your windows system)

i believe there is afew threads here at lq.org for windows-equivalent software on linux.. its very thorough and id suggest search for that thread.. and post if you need one that isnt on there.

edit: you can download this distro online for free, or support the developer for 4.99$ (or more).. you should have done that rather than pay someone else more, which doesnt benefit the developer (unless you infact did buy it from a PCLinuxOS developer).. oh well its all said and done now right

Last edited by nadroj; 02-04-2006 at 12:10 AM.
 
Old 02-04-2006, 12:14 AM   #11
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In that case there should be something called OpenOffice on your
machine that will pretty much have the equivalent functions (and
more) of works, but I don't think it can import Works files.


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 02-04-2006, 12:25 AM   #12
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OOo doesn't handle works files afaik... You'll have to run works with wine or crossover to use or convert them to rtf or something compatible... Unless MS supplies a conversion utility maybe?
 
Old 02-04-2006, 01:03 AM   #13
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Quote:
Originally Posted by amosf
OOo doesn't handle works files afaik... You'll have to run works with wine or crossover to use or convert them to rtf or something compatible... Unless MS supplies a conversion utility maybe?
What he said. I think even MS Word doesn't read Works files, at least not without downloading and installing a converter.
 
Old 02-04-2006, 01:24 AM   #14
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No, there isn't much compatibility between MS works and MS office either... I just loaded up msworks2000 in wine and it sort of goes with a few menu issues. But it worked enough for me to load a wps doc and save it as rtf... I used to run works on win4lin where it runs fine and converted the docs I had a while back... I didn't try works 4. It may run better under wine...
 
Old 02-04-2006, 01:33 AM   #15
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http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/d...displaylang=en

This converter may be what you want for works to word or rtf... It may also run in wine... I haven't tried it...
 
  


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