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I am totally stoked that as of tonight, I have finally installed *everything* that I currently need on my Linux box. I've been saving an XP partition on an old backup machine for the last couple of weeks strictly because I'm a big fan of Spinner.com (sort of an online radio station if you're not familiar with it) and since there's no Linux version of it, I'd fire up XP just in order to run Spinner and listen to some decent tunes.
Anyway, tonight I (finally) got Wine to work correctly, which enabled me to get Spinner running on my Slack box, which means that I no longer have any reason to retain anything from MSFT. w00t!!
Because of the amazing job all the moderators, gurus, addicts, and fellow knowledgable posters here at LQ have done, in just a matter of weeks I have learned how to: compile my own custom kernel from the source code; upgrade the default Slackware installation of KDE to 3.1.2; install useful extras like Dropline-2.2.1, OpenOffice-188.8.131.52, Evolution-1.4, Mplayer 0.90, and Wine-20030618; partition my drive for optimal performance; make ISO images and burn CD's from the command line; and to configure my Radeon video card correctly (this last one's the hardest though and I think it still may not really be optimally configured, but it's better than it was.) Anyway, I never would have thought that I would have been able to do so much in so short of a time, and I owe a *big* debt of gratitude to everyone who has helped me out either actively by replying to one of my posts or passively by posting something in an existing thread so clearly that it answered my question on the spot. There is no way I could have gotten to this point without getting so much help from you guys/girls.
So thanks everybody -- this site is awesome. I am going out of town for a couple of weeks but when I return I intend on joining the ranks of the Contributing Members. It's the least I can do. LQ rocks!! -- J.W.
If anyone's interested I put together a step-by-step guide on everything I did which I'd be happy to share.