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Neither one is ever going to happen but... Everquest and M$ SQL Server. Those are the only two reasons I'm still using Windows. Everquest used to work with GLide (3dfx OpenGL) but has since gone totally DirectX. And we can all guess why M$ SQL Server will never run under Linux. Sybase is an OK alternative for those of us used to Transact-SQL. I make heavy use of DTS packages for importing/exporting data, however, and would hate to go back to using delimited extracts, bulk copy and temp tables for transformations. Oh well, life's a biatch, then you croak.
Distribution: Pink Tie 9 (Red Hat 9 clone from CheapBytes.com)
I don't know what linux software is out there yet as I'm just getting started the past several months, but here's my list:
Paint Shop Pro (jasc)
1st Page 2000 (Evrsoft)
Outlook Express (I like the mail/news ease of use and I have a friend that likes to use stationery)
Sierra games (like 3D Mini Golf, Cool Pool, Hoyle card, board, and word games)
Make Linux's MPlayer more like MS's in that it could allow you to change the bright/contrast of a video, and also some really cool full-screen beat-driven effects)
Nero Burning ROM and EZCD Creator
Ahead InCD and Roxio's CD-RW driver
Future Crew's Unreal and Unreal II demos!
Tandy's Deskmate 3 Suite including their thesaurus, outliner, word processor (I miss those Darn!)
MiraScan's Scanner Driver/Software and the OCR software usually bundled with it
EyeCandy 3.1 and 4.0 (Alien Skin)
Flaming Pear filters (www.flamingpear.com)
Ulead Art Texture and Particle
Van Der Leigh Plugins
Virtual Painter (found at Jasc)
Fantastic Machine's Paint Engine
Pretty much support ANY .8bf photoshop plugins
I had a rather disappointing discussion in Jasc's forums (http://forums.jasc.com) about getting them to port Paint Shop Pro to Linux. The folks there pretty much flamed me out of the place saying basically that Jasc is in it for M-O-N-E-Y and that Jasc would LOOSE money if they made a Linux version of their program (note that this is their CUSTOMERS that were saying that!) Since they were all Windows users, they told me "nobody" uses linux, basically, and that it's not that popular. Even posting links from like ZDNet against Linux and pretty much telling me I should just stick to Windows and forget Linux and I'd be somehow better off. Of course I didn't listen (Still using Linux)
Most everything I need has an equivalent, however the Adobe & Macromedia stuff would be useful, as would iTunes. Don't actually need them but would be nice. Visio, MS Project or at least something that can create compatible files would be good.
I would really like to see a full port of Lotus Notes client, Designer client & Admin client.
But as a home user it has to be games, all games, every game ever, just do stuff yer fekers !!!
I fed up of playing Q3 & WineX is a major disappointment.
What do we need? probably to join a few of those projects and help make them better, even, than quake3, half life, M$ Office, Macromedia, Oracle, Windows Media Player, Winamp, etc) with better support, supporting more formats and using only GPL... Sourceforge is not the only project of this magnitude... freshmeat is a good place to help also...
Originally posted by Crito Neither one is ever going to happen but... Everquest and M$ SQL Server. Those are the only two reasons I'm still using Windows. Everquest used to work with GLide (3dfx OpenGL) but has since gone totally DirectX. And we can all guess why M$ SQL Server will never run under Linux. Sybase is an OK alternative for those of us used to Transact-SQL. I make heavy use of DTS packages for importing/exporting data, however, and would hate to go back to using delimited extracts, bulk copy and temp tables for transformations. Oh well, life's a biatch, then you croak.
Isn't there other makes of MySQL available? ...maybe from Sun Microsystems? ...or does MacroShaft own that? ...as far as EverQuest, it's an online game, so I tend to shy away from games set up like that. You gotta pay for the box, as well as each month of play, and I don't think you can play off line, can you? The last thing I need to put is a complete set of installation scripts for most mainstream programs (UT2003 did fairly good, but I need the software renderer there ).
...as far as Roxio vs. Nero, all the specs I seen indicate that Nero wins hands down, plus Roxio (according to the experiences of many, including myself) tends to have a dificult time funtioning reliably on a broad range of hardware. I personally use X CD-Roast for that.
Last edited by lectraplayer; 12-30-2003 at 07:58 PM.