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Old 12-15-2005, 10:27 AM   #1
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can I sack windows xp for good


Hi, I am new to linux but i want to know if i can just simply install normally windows software into linux easily. Like for instance I have an external broadband connector but I need (under windows) to install the hardware via a disc can this be easily done so that I can use the internet.


thanks
 
Old 12-15-2005, 10:40 AM   #2
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In general, Windows software will not run on Linux. You can use Wine but not all applications will work.
 
Old 12-15-2005, 10:45 AM   #3
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Some windows programs can be run on linux with wine, but I've found a lot of programs that don't work too good. I just use windows for flight simulator now.

wine's website is http://winehq.org/
 
Old 12-15-2005, 11:16 AM   #4
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Why don't you check with your provider if they have a Linux version of the program, or check freshmeat.net to see if there is one.
 
Old 12-15-2005, 01:28 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tourbike
Hi, I am new to linux but i want to know if i can just simply install normally windows software into linux easily. Like for instance I have an external broadband connector but I need (under windows) to install the hardware via a disc can this be easily done so that I can use the internet.


thanks
Hi,

What type of broadband connector is it? And what other type of windows based software do you need to run on Linux?

You will find alot of software titles to fill your needs in linux
 
Old 12-15-2005, 01:41 PM   #6
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I have RoadRunner with an external cable modem...the Roadrunner program isn't installed and there are no connection problems. A friend has Bresnet cable internet and no installed programs for it. *note: the RR program comes complete with a spyware program.
 
Old 12-15-2005, 02:36 PM   #7
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I also found this url, could come in handy...

http://www.faqs.org/docs/Linux-HOWTO/Cable-Modem.html

google/linux
 
Old 12-17-2005, 10:02 AM   #8
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Thank you

Thanks for your advice, I am just gona change OS as it will be the best way to learn

Cheers again for your replies
 
Old 12-17-2005, 10:51 AM   #9
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Can I offer you an alternative, friend, (I hope...) before you "just do it?"

Buy a second hard-disk for your computer. Most systems have two IDE-controllers on-board, thus the ability to run four devices total, and they normally only use two: "the" hard disk and a CD-ROM. That gives you the ability to add two new drives. (And that's excluding any external stuff like FireWire or USB-2.0 that you might also have...)

Okay, then ... for maybe a hundred-bucks you can get, at any computer or electronics store, a spiffy new hard-disk with a mounting kit and a longer cable. Installation is straightforward. And with it, now you have a flexible, versatile choice.

What you'll do is this: install Linux onto that drive, and select that drive, in your BIOS, as "the boot drive." You leave Windows-XP alone, making absolutely no changes to it. (Obviously, Windows will notice that a new drive has been installed, and that it is partitioned, and that it has no support for any of those partitions .. so it will ignore the drive.)

See, this is much better than "repartitioning." You don't have to change anything about the drive you have, and the OS you have. You don't have to fiddle with installation-procedures to make sure that either OS doesn't get accidentally wiped-out. Each one is able to use its own standard installation and upgrade and reinstallation procedures, without modification.

Since "the problems arise when the two cousins must share the same house," you give each of them a separate house to live in. (On my main machine, I do have a total of three drives, the third being primarily used for backup and as amazingly-useful "attic space.") Now, if one of the OSes goes ... you can reboot into the other in minutes while you and ... in short, you can keep going.

You can now... select the Windows drive as the boot-drive and boot it; or select the Linux drive and boot it. And you can flip back-and-forth between them anytime you like, always certain that Windows-XP is still there if/when you need it. (Obviously, as you will see, there are ways to put up a boot-menu that will choose between either, and in due time you can do that, but meanwhile, "this will work.")

And, you may, for many years to come, continue to use Windows! If there's a great program that you want to run or need to run, and it works best on Windows, then "you got it." (Why constantly be confronted with the learning-curve, "just to get anything done?") For most things, you may well use Linux. Or, you may use Linux primarily as "a learning experience" and continue to do most things in Windows. My point is, now, the choice is yours. You don't have to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

Last edited by sundialsvcs; 12-17-2005 at 11:00 AM.
 
Old 12-17-2005, 11:07 AM   #10
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Dual boots are nice, but they can be a real pain at times because if you really want to learn Linux it will be hard because you may find yourself continuing to use Windows more just because it may be more familiar. You'll find on Linux, especially if you have the right distribution (something easy to learn and use and free, like SuSE) you can do virtually everything you want to do, even if there is a slight learning curve.

If you are just getting started on Linux, sure, try a dual boot, but fight the urge to boot into Windows just to do things like use the Internet or do some word processing, etc...

But I really like your mentality tourbike about switching to Linux... just go for it!
 
Old 12-17-2005, 11:10 AM   #11
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Indeed, I've had RedHat on my disk for 6 months and didn't use it more then 3 times. With SuSe I really started to use Linux. Although I switched to better distributions afterwards
 
  


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