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After doing a bit of research on what to use we have just downloaded and installed "Bibble Pro" to handle raw images and find it just excellent. We use the Batch Converter to extract the jpg files from the raw images - a very handy facility indeed.
Thanks to Phidor and Pixellany for your replies...
I will try and find the programs and give them a try..
However I have another problem that someone else has helped me with and that is!! How do I install the programs?? Just installed Avast from a DEB package that's should suit my SimpleMepis OS. I did it from the terminal with dpkg -i avast4workstation_1.0.8-2_i386.deb. It all seemed to go OK, but now I can't find the program or run it, where as it gone??
Thanks for the reply... I know many and I agree Linux don't have all those nut cases... Avast was the first .deb package I found, so gave it a try. So tell me what do you think happend, and what should I do..
This question of LInux antivirus software kept me uneasy for many months. I couldn't work out whether those who said that you don't really need it, were right or whether it was better to have the antivirus checker just "in case." After doing a lot of reading on the subject I am now firmly convinced it is basically a load of "codswollop."
For over half a decade ago, Edie Bleasdale in the UK offered five digit folding stuff (http://www.linuxsecurity.com/content/view/110668/151/) to anybody that could get a virus on his Linux system and a few months ago I read on the net that this long offered money was still there for the taking. He asked Microsoft to match it. They didn't, full stop - and fools top. There isn't and never has been, a serious Linux virus problem. Given that the normal precautions are taken with the root account there is not sufficient doubt to bother worrying about the issue. If Linux viruses were possible, why hasn't Microsoft written a virus for Edie's machine and claimed the dough?
A Microsoft certified engineer called at our home one day and wagered that he could but a virus on our Linux system. I told him that the telephone line was there, go ahead. I am still waiting.
At the turn of last century, one "expert" claimed:
"Despite all that is said, Linux is still far behind the popularity of Windows and therefore behind in the attention virus writers pay to this operating system. This is true notwithstanding that almost every week a new Linux virus is discovered. Even though many of them are squalid and botched, these attempts are becoming more and more aggressive and, what is frightening, many are successful. It is obvious; a global epidemic of Linux viruses is on the horizon. When will it happen?"
Since this rubbish was muttered about six or seven years ago, no “global epidemic” has been seen. The prophets of Linux doom, who still push panic, haven't been correct. The history of viruses gives no evidence that Linux is in any danger because serious Linux viruses, laboratory "models" apart, don't currently exist in the wild.
What Linux virus searching software presumably does is find the tens of thousands of Windows viruses that are actively out there. Why otherwise we have Linux antivirus software available I haven't yet worked out.
If I have this wrong I am happy to be corrected by those who know far more.
In Linux instead of worrying about viruses, you need to hunt for root kits. Hackers try to exploit security weaknesses in services or configuration errors to gain access to the system. If you run any services such as apache or ssh on the web, you need to be careful how you configure them. Today, the biggest problem is in web applications not checking user inputs.
Also make sure you apply security updates routinely.
And others many thanks for your help...
I have found a copy of Bibble-Pro in a Deb package and installed it!!! That don't sound like much but it's the first bit of software I have downloaded and installed myself, please tell me this means I'm not a Linux virgin anymore??
But I am having problems with tar packages, mostly the terminal telling me there's no such file or directory, when I seem to be in the right place. Below is the listing from the terminal... Any ideas??
Mel@1[~]$ cd FileZilla_3.0.0-beta10_i586-linux-gnu
bash: cd: FileZilla_3.0.0-beta10_i586-linux-gnu: No such file or directory
Mel@1[~]$ cd FileZilla3
bash: ./configure: No such file or directory
bash: ./configure: No such file or directory
Mel@1[FileZilla3]$ cd FileZilla3/share/filezilla/locales/
bash: cd: FileZilla3/share/filezilla/locales/: No such file or directory
Also I see some programs come in 2 or 3 tar packages, how do we deal with that.
I think the learning curve is a bit high, but hope it will be worth it in the end.
Last edited by cactusface; 07-01-2007 at 07:14 AM.
"Linux virgin"---We'll need to think about what it means NOT to be one....
To extract a file "something.tar": tar -xvf filename
"something.tar.gz": tar -xzvf filename man tar for more gory details on how tar works
Once you have extracted the file, do ls to see the new directory that was created
As for configure, that is used if you are going to compile something. If it is not there, then there may be an install script or something. Most SW packages will include a README, or some other file with instructions.
The only problem with it is that it requires at least 1Gb Ram and doesn't support x64_86 architecture. If you satisfy those two conditions - you will love it. I convert my photos into black&white in it.
 When I think of LightZone again, it's more for editing than viewing RAW photos, hmmm...well...but anyway, it's very powerful when you want to edit them