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Old 11-15-2003, 06:43 PM   #1
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i need info on linux!!


hi i just wanted to know if general software i have now would work on linux like games and hardware oh and can u buy things like frontpage for linux or can u run them on linux (i dont have a clue about linux but trying to find an alternative from xp)

and can linux run on a pc designed for xp?
 
Old 11-15-2003, 07:04 PM   #2
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Yes, you can install linux on a vast (if not all) platforms, you may have problems in the begining, but hey who learned to run before he walked.

For the 1st question, i remmember seeing a thread about the subject, there was a link pointing to a website that had a very well done and vast list showing M$ programs and their counterparts in linux, but I can't seem to find it.

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Old 11-15-2003, 07:14 PM   #3
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Ok, let's go step by step.
If you plan a migration from Windows to Linux, you must know some things.
I'll try to make it as easy as possible.
Windows and Linux are Operative Systems and applications use OS for working. So, as you may imagine, a software designed for Windows, doesn't work in Linux.
Reguarding hardware, well probably you won't get problems with it if you have common hardware... but I can't say for sure it'll be easy. Most times it is. After all, when WinXP was released many people had serious hardware problems while upgrading but I guess the price of that OS is low enough (hey, I'm joking).
Reguarding buying software. Well, yes, you can buy software for Linux... there are a few professional ports of famous Win programs, but actually I rarely felt the need of them. You can find all the free software you want in the internet, and I can guarantee you'll find what you need.
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and can linux run on a pc designed for xp?
of course! Many linux distros are made for pc enviroment.

If you have more questions, feel free to email me

PS: actually, you can run windows programs in linux with an emulation software, but it depends on what want to run... but this is another long looong story
 
Old 11-15-2003, 08:23 PM   #4
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I am another Bill Gates hater which is why I've made the switch.......I'm telling you its worth it when you finally start picking things up But it takes a little bit. I just figured I can post a question while im in here. WHat is the difference when you d/l a .rpm or.bin. I just tried to download java for linux and it was a .bin. The applets started working right away but is there anything i am suposed to do with that file?
 
Old 11-15-2003, 08:55 PM   #5
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Also if you're having problems getting one distro to run just try another.....I went through hell and back trying to get RH 9 to run cuz it didn't have quite a few drivers for my comp. I put SuSE 9 on and it loaded almost everything without a problem.
 
Old 11-16-2003, 05:12 AM   #6
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Found the link...
For SW see http://linuxshop.ru/linuxbegin/win-l...en/table.shtml
For HW see http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/

Ginux
 
Old 11-17-2003, 04:30 PM   #7
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thnx guys i appretiate the help :P (better than xp support)
 
Old 11-17-2003, 04:53 PM   #8
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This thread gave me a headache.

lol

to run windows software on linux you need an emulator. Wine comes with most distro's. That's a great one. If you want gaming and don't want to learn all the ins and outs of this OS, then stick with XP. Linux is not an easy monster to tame when it comes to gaming.

No computers are built for XP. XP is just what goes on top of your computer. The new distro's of Linux should have no problem detecting your hardware.

But keep in mind, there is a learning curve here. Linux can be the best thing in the world if you let it.
 
Old 11-17-2003, 04:54 PM   #9
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hi again ive taken a look at the links and everything i need i can get for linux so i expect ill buy a copy of redhat on sunday as i have 56k i can download it thnx again for the help
 
Old 11-17-2003, 06:14 PM   #10
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You should try Knoppix - it is a Linux distribution that runs from a cdrom - you don't have to instal it or know anything about Linux management.

You will be able to play linux games, go on the web etc.

All you do is download it (free) and burn the iso image to disk, then restart your computer with the Knoppix disk in your drive. Knoppix comes up like magic! It is meant to be a showcase for Linux, and it is.

If you decide you like Linux, the free Mandrake 9.2 Download Edition is available now - it looks beautiful and instals like a dream. Again burn the iso images (3 this time) to disks, restart your computer with the first disk in place and follow the directions. You will have to repartition your disk in advance of Mandrake or Redhat. This is easy - just defragment your disk, then repartition with cfdisk. There's plenty of help here if you need it.
 
Old 11-17-2003, 06:59 PM   #11
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I know quite a bit about hw, (but not too much about sw) and I've always been confused by the Built for Windows sticker on computers because any desktop comp will run windows....Is it just one of Micro$ucks decieving schemes, or what?
 
Old 11-17-2003, 07:13 PM   #12
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yzrider210

I have read that Computer manufacturers who instal MS products and use the sticker get cash and/or discounts from MS. Also when they advertise their boxes saying they contain MS products, they get discounts on their ads - paid for by MS.

Companies who don't install MS and don't say they have installed MS don't get to advertise because the magazines won't get their allowance from MS.

That's why box manufacturers who pre-install Linux or other OSes don't advertise. They can't.

The stickers don't mean anything. Windoze compatible computers can run any OS (apart from Mac, I think).
 
Old 11-18-2003, 01:31 PM   #13
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hi again thnx but can i have a link for knoppix and mandrake (does every1 here hate microsoft as much as i do?!?)
 
Old 11-18-2003, 01:49 PM   #14
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Cool

Personally I don't hate the people who work for M$, I know alot of nice people who work just to feed the family, however I do hate their managment

The links... their all over the web (her's a few)
http://www.distrowatch.com/index.php?language=EN
http://www.linuxiso.org/

Ginux

P.s. Forgot to add (thier adeas, products, techniques, logo, ......... the list goes on & on & on)

Last edited by Ginux; 11-18-2003 at 01:53 PM.
 
Old 11-18-2003, 04:52 PM   #15
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just wondered

hi again just wondered if any1 could give me a screenshot of linux in action EG-- the desktop if u cant thanx for the help anyway
 
  


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