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Old 08-22-2011, 03:35 PM   #1
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Smile A new boy just saying hello


Hi there,
I'd just like to introduce myself.
Dick Summerfield's the name and I'm from the Netherlands.
I've just ordered a second-hand laptop so that I can mess about with a computer away from home. I was looking at Linux distro's (because this will be a Linux only machine) and had decided on openSUSE when I found this old live CD with Puppy 431 on it.
I'm running that now on an old laptop belonging to my daughter and I have to say I'm having a lot of fun!!! The big question now is will I forget about openSUSE (apparently it's a good distro for laptop use).

Now a question! I did a lot of technical drawing on my Windows box using a CAD program which is definitely Windows only. I know there is a program called QCAD which runs on Linux but is that available for Puppy? Or any other CAD program?
Anyone know please?
Oops! just noticed there is a special " member intro forum " Very sorry!

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Old 08-23-2011, 08:21 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ and welcome to the world of Puppy Linux. AFAIK, no Qcad for Puppy. You might want to check the Puppy forum; I'm pretty sure I've seen discussions there regarding CAD programs on Puppy.
 
Old 08-24-2011, 05:37 AM   #3
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Welcome to LQ and welcome to the world of Puppy Linux. AFAIK, no Qcad for Puppy. You might want to check the Puppy forum; I'm pretty sure I've seen discussions there regarding CAD programs on Puppy.
Thanks for the welcome and the suggestion. I'll try that.

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Old 09-05-2011, 01:41 AM   #4
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You also, might want to investigate wine, which will let you run some windows programs.
And there is also VirtualBox that one can run in Puppy that will allow you to create a file that is seen by VitualBox as a hard drive. You install windows on the virtual drive and then you can run windows in Puppy.
 
Old 09-05-2011, 11:28 AM   #5
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Thanks for the tip. I'd heard of wine, though have no experience with it. Presumably not all Windows programs work with it? But it's worth a try - as the only CAD program I know, which runs on Linux, I don't really get on with.
I'd never heard of VirtualBox, so will have to look in to it. Thanks,,,
 
Old 09-06-2011, 01:05 AM   #6
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As a followup, VirtualBox lets you run a complete operating system like Windows 98, XP, Vista, linux versions, etc.
in a window on the Puppy desktop, or full screen over the Puppy desktop.
If you are running a frugal install of Puppy, be sure to use the SFS version of VirtualBox and make your virtual drives outside of your pupsave in /mnt/home.
I learned that the hard way!
 
Old 09-06-2011, 02:29 AM   #7
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Thanks for that 8-bit.
I'm still very much a beginner at Linux so I will be storing all this stuff for when I understand things better. Meanwhile I've also got some hard learning to do!
 
  


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