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Old 01-01-2007, 11:47 PM   #496
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what do I use windows for?


Ah, that ever elusive free moment when I can wander off and kill monsters to my hearts content.....
Old 01-02-2007, 01:44 PM   #497
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what I like to do

(1) get Linux FC6 installed, switch to KDE and the do some Qt programming in C++

(2) unlike FC4 and FC5, my sound card checked out OK during config and now no sound out of the speakers

and...other problems but...

who cares...there is no percentage in Linux admin issues even for a admin person

since things change...maybe you learn something general

(3) I use yum update to keep my FC6 current. This facility was invented so the user could do something else besides

try to fix grub (BTW has a small problem).

Linux is wonderful! A miracle! Imagine a Professional Unix OS for free that beats anything MS has.

MS OSs were made so your kid could see dinosaurs on the screen.

ADVICE: Get rid of that pile of #$% you got in 1979, get a more modern computer

and miss solving issues (if you can) that help nobody. Who cares if you have a sound card from the dark ages.
Old 01-02-2007, 06:15 PM   #498
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The only time when I use Windows is playing Sims 2. That is about it. Linux fills in about 99% which is perfect. OpenOffice is ok when doing documents and simple spreadsheets with out charts. All hardware in my computer works better in Linux than Windows.

mplayerplug-in should be used to play just about any video and sound content except flash. I have no problems playing wmv, mpg, mov, avi, ra, many others. I can only play 480p of HDTV content because my processor is not fast enough.

Flash video are lame because the sound and video quality sucks.

WINE is getting worst every version that comes out. Use Cadega for most games.

KDE is bloated and slow. I suggest using wxWidgets when making GUI programs for all OS.

I have been using Linux for more than five years. I suggest people try Gentoo to get a good sense of what Linux is and it is ability to upgrade.
Old 01-03-2007, 01:19 AM   #499
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I have to. . . . .the rest of the house is tied to Windows (they use it at work, friends homes, etc) so for them it remains. What can I say.
Old 01-03-2007, 06:04 AM   #500
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I need to use Adobe
Premiere Pro - After Effects - Photoshop - Illustrator

No real alternatives out there
Old 01-03-2007, 02:03 PM   #501
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Adobe Premiere: Cinelerra CVS (
Photoshop: Gimp, Pixel
Adobe Illustrator: Xara, Skencil, Inkscape
Adobe After Effects: Jahshaka

There is a better program in Linux than all three that are listed for Adobe Illustrator that I have found in the past, but I do not remember the name nor remember the site. I will keep searching.

Go to to find more Windows to Linux alternatives.
Old 01-04-2007, 11:07 PM   #502
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corel draw

corel draw is a sweet program. I have not found anything in
linux that I like better

now their photo paint is great but I like gimp better

good company didnt they once upon a time have their
own linux distrobution
Old 01-05-2007, 07:34 AM   #503
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Games,internet...the list is endless.
Old 01-05-2007, 10:23 AM   #504
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For's audio recording apps like Cool Edit Pro/Adobe Audition AND my drum software Fruityloops. And of course any games I play.
Old 01-05-2007, 01:48 PM   #505
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absolute final Linux clincher

Sure you heard about the 14,000 computers in Munich, Germany!

Awesome fact from the internet...concerning the Chinese:

A rumor in China was circulated that MS had built backdoors into all their software.

Add to that fact obvious commie paranoia! Even if it is not true, think of the impact of unfounded fear!

Hence, open software would really be popular since having the source would allow

the Chinese to check for backdoors!

Problem: they'll probably start a new branch of Linux!

Even if it is not true, think of the impact of unfounded fear!

I have joked for years that in China, there are only 5 legal copies of XP Prof.

Their culture does not perceive the concept of copyright.

Hence the trade imbalance!

Linux is exploding but add to it the pressure from millions of people in China!

Fedora Core 6 has standard mono allowing compilation of C#.


>mcs whatever.cs

Haven't checked lately but mono doesn't like C# .NET 2.0 things like generics!

Old 01-05-2007, 02:18 PM   #506
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Need for Speed *, Viper Racing. That's about it.
Old 01-05-2007, 04:16 PM   #507
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Games and Games and bugs
Old 01-05-2007, 05:24 PM   #508
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Thumbs up

My partner's machine still dual boots Win98SE and Slackware 10.2. That's because Win98SE provides a DOS-based bridge game and plays things like "Who wants to be a millionnaire" and "CSI". However, as I am experimenting with Debian Etch on my primary box - and loving it, I must say (woot Debian developers!!! ), I have also installed wine and will be experimenting with it to see if it will run the DOS game and Quick Books, and the two games mentioned. If wine can do that, then I am shifting my partner's machine to Debian Etch for sure. I am so impressed with its package management system. Having come from Slackware it is taking me a while to figure out where everything is, but I am using software that I just could never install successfully on Slackware (Bob bless Pat!!). I am having a rave!!

So, experimentation and if it works, then no more Windows at all mmmwwaahahahahaha
Old 01-05-2007, 06:16 PM   #509
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Originally Posted by landonmkelsey
Problem: they'll probably start a new branch of Linux!
They have produced their own Linux distro. Red Flag Linux. This first came out in 1999. ( ) I don't see how this is a problem. Because it is open source, they are required to supply the source, so someone using it can audit the source before compiling the programs.

Originally Posted by landonmkelsey
Hence the trade imbalance!
IMHO, the trade imbalance is, due in large part, because they artificially set the value of their currency in relation to the value of the dollar.

Last edited by jschiwal; 01-05-2007 at 06:17 PM.
Old 01-06-2007, 01:54 PM   #510
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The only thing I'm running Windows for is Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and only that until BioShock comes out.


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