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Old 03-14-2014, 11:32 PM   #1
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New oldie to Linux


Hi,
I've dabble with various Linux ditros about 12 years ago.
Hope to stay around this time.

Thanks.
 
Old 03-15-2014, 12:46 AM   #2
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Welcome.

(I'm using a LiveCD now. Just downloaded the new Puppy Slacko and haven't burnt it, yet.)

Last edited by hilyard; 03-15-2014 at 12:50 AM.
 
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Old 03-15-2014, 11:45 AM   #3
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Welcome! You'll certainly notice a difference. I remember struggling back then, when the only book on Linux in the library was for systems administrators converting from Unix, and installers asked questions like "enter your monitor's refresh rate".
 
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Old 03-15-2014, 04:46 PM   #4
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Welcome

There are some awesome distros now, have a look at ubuntu and it's other spinoffs like kubuntu, lubuntu, xubuntu, there all great. Fedora, slackware, Opensus, are all worth looking at too, most are live distros now so you can boot them up and test them out without having to install them, allows you get a good feel on how the distro will work for you. I've been happy using linux as my main desktop for around 13-14 years now, never looked back.
 
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Old 03-15-2014, 05:11 PM   #5
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Welcome !
You will be amazed at the distributions that are out now. I also would recommend trying the live versions prior to installing. I would imagine that one of the Ubuntu spins or Linux Mint spins will be a great place to start. Goodd luck and have fun.
Regards
 
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Old 03-15-2014, 07:32 PM   #6
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dabble dabble.


dabble dabble.





I was dabbling.


Welcome.
 
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:59 AM   #7
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Thanks for the welcomes,
the pivotal point is having it all set up so I can still use Office 2010 student 3 license version, have install CD etc.
It is imperative I have Office, in particular Excel/VBA.

I'm Googling around gathering info and have found out I must use WINE to do all this.

Anyone on this forum with this type experience posted here can direct me to a link would be appreciated,
Hope to post back my experiences once I get the hardware all sorted and happening.

Thanks again.
 
Old 03-25-2014, 03:23 AM   #8
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Thanks for the welcomes,
the pivotal point is having it all set up so I can still use Office 2010 student 3 license version, have install CD etc.
It is imperative I have Office, in particular Excel/VBA.

I'm Googling around gathering info and have found out I must use WINE to do all this.

Anyone on this forum with this type experience posted here can direct me to a link would be appreciated,
Hope to post back my experiences once I get the hardware all sorted and happening.

Thanks again.
Use Play on Linux
 
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Old 03-25-2014, 06:23 AM   #9
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Thanks Germany_chris,

My next question before I move off this thread is this;

I am currently using XP, I need to download all the basics, ( UBUNTU, POL, Etc )
The reason is to get ready on another PC with brand new HD and start the migration.

I have chosen UBUNTU simply because I hear everyone else I know in real world is using it, but most of them got others to do it ( installs ) for them and cannot answer my specific questions on how exactly they done it.

1:What exactly do I download and where from if the PC doing the download is XP ?

2:Is the downloaded file after burnt to CD simply a "insert CD then click "Install" ?,
or can I run that same process from USB stick ?
 
Old 03-25-2014, 06:31 AM   #10
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Download Ubuntu from the Ubuntu web site, the file will be in ISO format then burn the ISO on a disk like a DVD disk, then boot your computer from that disk and start the installation process here is a link with the steps
http://www.ubuntu.com/download/deskt...g-term-support
 
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Old 03-25-2014, 07:20 AM   #11
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To add to TroN-0074's post, try these links for how to handle the iso file (the Ubuntu image file) after you've downloaded when you're using WinXP: 1.) How to burn a DVD on Windows 2.) How to create a bootable USB stick on Windows 3.) Install Ubuntu with the Windows installer. Note: #3 only works with some versions of Ubuntu. Generally the typical installation as described in the link TroN-0074 gave is what you'd do. Anyway, you can install with either a USB stick or a DVD (depending upon what the BIOS of the computer you're installing to is set up for.)
 
Old 03-25-2014, 07:23 AM   #12
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Thanks, most probably be the USB stick method
 
Old 03-25-2014, 07:29 AM   #13
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Why bother with your old copy of Office? LibreOffice is a full office productivity suite with powerful word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, drawing and database applications. It's free and comes with most Linux distros, and it is also compatible with Microsoft Office files, so you won't miss a beat.
 
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Old 03-25-2014, 08:36 AM   #14
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mark_alfred,

It's complicated, but everything I do ultimately centers on VBA Macro coding, my process "logic" has taken years of work to reach various seamless non stop 24/7 real time dynamic web queries and calculations.

This also includes tweaking XP to have minimal background process interference.
80% of my time was wasted dealing with MS's OS BullsHt.
I'm not going through that learn curve again with MS's newest invasion of my time.

May as well put the learn curve time to a Linux based OS now that it can utilize Excel with the WINES and the POLS etc.

If and when the day comes that Open Office can convert every nook and cranny of VBA code to it's own, then perhaps I'll switch over as well.
But last time I tried web query and some other things with Open Office, it did not work the way I needed it to.
 
Old 03-25-2014, 08:43 AM   #15
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It might be a good idea to get in touch with the guys at LibreOffice via Twitter or something and let them know how you use the office suite, perhaps newer releases would do what you need
here is the link https://www.libreoffice.org/
 
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