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Old 11-16-2006, 09:36 AM   #1
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help


i no there is a sort of virtal pc app u can get to try os on but i carnt renember wot its called any no it
 
Old 11-16-2006, 09:50 AM   #2
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vmware, parallels. There are several. You could also try to download and burn a LiveCD, which will run without modifying your existing OS installation. Be aware that LiveCDs are rather slow because everything runs from CD and they have to do all h/w detection on each boot, so you would experience a huge speed up if you installed instead.

One thing about your post - please use a more useful subject in future - lots of people won't read something simply titled "help", I only did cos it's a slow day
 
Old 11-17-2006, 11:56 AM   #3
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lol ok thanks alothave you used vmware?
 
Old 11-17-2006, 01:02 PM   #4
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Yeah, I've used vmware, although not on a daily basis. I tend to use it to try out LiveCDs. It was easy to install on Ubuntu Edgy (it's in the multiverse repository with the package name "vmplayer").

It's pretty good, although any of these virtual machines are pretty heavy on memory, so if you've got less than 512 MiB of RAM you might struggle a bit.

qemu is free/libre but very slow unless you get hold of the proprietary "accelerator" kernel module. I had a lot of trouble installing this though, and gave up (that was a while ago now, so it might be easier these days). You can use the qemu-img tool to make image files for use with vmplayer

I've not used parallels myself, but the folks on the Linux Link Tech show seem to like it a lot, as do the Security Now netcast folks.
 
Old 11-17-2006, 09:37 PM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sunilkrgarg
I tried to open a "wmv" file that a friend sent to me but I got an error message from Totem saying:

"You do not have a decoder installed to handle this file.
"You might need to install the necessary plugins".

What are the "necessary plugins", where are they, and how do I install them?

I googled around and found a few other people having the same problem but no clear answer. I'm really new to Linux and need some real step-by-step instructions. Thanks.
What does this have to do with this thread?
 
Old 11-18-2006, 10:06 AM   #6
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ok thanks ill be installing suse tonight thanks fellas
 
  


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