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Old 02-13-2014, 09:13 PM   #1
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Thinking of going Linux, after a few questions first


Hello all,

I am getting ready to purchase a new laptop. Leaning forwards a G series Lenovo with i5 4200m, Intel had 4600 graphics.

I have no files to save or backup. Fresh start all together.

I need to run adobe flash. CAD program (computer assisted design). And I'd like to install Rogue Spear, which uses Directx (I saw an old linux post where there were some issues).

I've already seen on an introductory linux article that word processing, music, video, pictures, are all pretty standard.

Will I have much difficulty achieving this?

I played the game Rogue Spear way back from 1998/99-2004. Easily my favorite online computer game. I recently saw that people are playing it multiplayer through voobly.com. And now I wanna be able to jump back in the fps saddle from time to time

More importantly, I need to run CAD and use Adobe Flash for school work.

Level of difficulty to do all this?

I used to have a Mac, and liked it far more than windows, but lack the funds. Though truthfully, was attracted to Linux back in the early 2000's just never got around to learning much about it. I think it's time.

Thankyou prematurely, to any kind soul willing to leave me any feedback.

Cut a rug. Doo the jitter bug
 
Old 02-13-2014, 09:32 PM   #2
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Hi J1tterBug & Welcome to Linux Questions-

I don't have experience with CAD, sorry.
Maybe our members with CAD experience will chime in.

As far as adobe flash is concerned it is already installed with some distributions and if it isn't you can install it using commandline, a package manager or software center that will install it for you.

Windows uses Directx; Linux uses OpenGL-(unless I am mistaken)
http://www.videotutorialsrock.com/op...linux/home.php

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I've already seen on an introductory linux article that word processing, music, video, pictures, are all pretty standard.
Yes, standard for the most part.
For music I use Rhythmbox and for Video I use VLC.
VLC works with just about anything.

https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Rhythmbox/
http://download.cnet.com/VLC-Media-P...-75000079.html

Hope that helps
 
Old 02-13-2014, 09:34 PM   #3
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I'd run a free virtual machine at first. Try a few distro's out.
 
Old 02-13-2014, 09:49 PM   #4
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Here's some articles about CAD software for Linux; they may help.

This one's several years old but it near the the top of the search results. http://www.techdrivein.com/2011/08/8...for-linux.html

And here's another one from Ubuntu: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UbuntuEngineering#CAD
 
Old 02-14-2014, 12:13 PM   #5
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There are CAD software available in Linux, it is called LibreCAD. Basically is based on AutoCAD but is missing features found in AutoCAD, the file format that LibreCAD uses is dxf.
Adobe Flash is available in many distros, and music videos and images are well supported.

I don't know much about that game you were talking about so I cant help there. I would suggest to try different Linux distributions such as

Ubuntu-----------> www.ubuntu.com
opensuse---------> http://www.opensuse.org/en/
linuxmint--------> http://www.linuxmint.com/
 
Old 02-14-2014, 12:36 PM   #6
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Rogue Spear: it it this?
https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManag...TestingId=1522
If so, it runs under Wine. As you see, there was a problem some years ago, but it's been sorted.

CAD: http://linuxappfinder.com/graphics/cad
No experience to offer, though.
 
  


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