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Old 03-23-2007, 10:29 AM   #1
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I just got Linux installed as a dual boot. I downloaded Xaos (3.2.3) WHAT are these file extensions??? I never heard of any of them. There's no ".exe" file so how do I execute Xaos?? Where can I find a list of file extensions and definitions. I think that would be a good place to start. I know html, but I don't know "C" Do I have to learn it in order to use Linux?

What I would really like is to be able to switch between my windows XP and Linux without having to reboot, but from looking around, it is my understanding that that is impossible. I have thousands of images on my drive that I would like to be able to use in Linux (with Gimp) but I didn't really want to load them to my computer TWICE. I could if I have to...
 
Old 03-23-2007, 10:44 AM   #2
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Quote:
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WHAT are these file extensions???
What file extensions?
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I know html, but I don't know "C" Do I have to learn it in order to use Linux?
No.
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What I would really like is to be able to switch between my windows XP and Linux without having to reboot, but from looking around, it is my understanding that that is impossible.
If you want to run two operating systems simultaneously, try virtual machines. A free one I had have success with is VirtualBox - it is available for both Linux and Windows, so you can either run Windows in Linux, or Linux in Windows. You need a fairly large amount of RAM - at least 512MB I'd say. There are excellent tutorials on the internet - google for it.

You need to install the operating system in the virtual machine provided by VirtualBox, which you can do from an ISO image on your hard drive.
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I have thousands of images on my drive that I would like to be able to use in Linux (with Gimp) but I didn't really want to load them to my computer TWICE. I could if I have to...
You can share the same partition from both operating systems, although if your images are on an NTFS partition, then you might not easily be able to write to the same partition.
 
Old 03-23-2007, 10:53 AM   #3
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Thank you so much for your response. I will try Virtual Box.

File Extensions: .guess, .log, .sub, .old, .sh, .in, .OS2, .be, which one is executable?
 
Old 03-23-2007, 11:26 AM   #4
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.sh - probably a text file of a shell script which can be made exectable. Sometimes programs install using such a shell script.

.log - probably a log file (contains information about processes which ran and their output, as well as errors in many cases).

.sub - I've only ever seen these as subtitle files for divx movies.

.old - maybe an old version of something in there already. So, if you have file.ext, then file.ext.old might be an old version of it? Just a guess.

.OS2 - perhaps something for a Mac?

.be - clutching at straws here, but something for BeOS (another operating system)?

If you could tell us what Xaos is, and where you got it from, we might be able to help more. Is it this?: http://wmi.math.u-szeged.hu/xaos/doku.php If so, then perhaps start with the file called README with a text editor.

Also, are you running Windows or Linux? If Linux, which one? You might find there is a precompiled binary of Xaos which would save you some hassle.
 
Old 03-23-2007, 12:34 PM   #5
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Wow, thanks for all that info.

Ubuntu 6.10, Edgy Eft!
Xaos is a fractal program, from
xaos.sourceforge.net/

I downloaded it but I can't find an executable file. It seems like all the file extensions are different for Linux.
 
Old 03-23-2007, 12:56 PM   #6
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ANY file can be made executable in Linux. It does not even need an extension and probably doesn't have one either. Assuming you didn't download the source code, try executing xaos from the command line. Just type xaos and hit enter.
 
Old 03-23-2007, 01:15 PM   #7
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Sorry, I didn't mean to take up your whole day here. I really appreciate this

When I type in the Terminal it says Command not found
When I type in the address bar it says

Couldn't find me/louann/Desktop/XaoS-3.2.3/Xaos
 
Old 03-23-2007, 01:27 PM   #8
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It seems like all the file extensions are different for Linux.
Indeed, Linux is not Windows.

There's a precompiled binary of Xaos on the homepage, which will save you many headaches (at the moment you have the source code, which you need to compile yourself). For 99% of people, the precompiled binaries are fine. Download the one for Ubuntu Edgy Eft from here: http://wmi.math.u-szeged.hu/xaos/dok...downloads:main

It might be in the Ubuntu repositories, which would save you even more trouble. Launch Synaptic (either from the command line: synaptic, or from the menu) and search for xaos. I don't run Ubuntu anymore, so I can't check if it's in the repositories.

edit: Just for reference, this guide seems to be pretty good at describing how to install stuff using synaptic.

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