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Uh-Oh...Problems 04-08-2006 12:50 PM

I have no idea what i'm doing, or how to use linux
i am recently new to linux, i mean really new, i just started yesterday, and i can't seem to be able to do anything, comng from a windows background i see that understandable, but i really want to use it, so any help would help. like can you use windows applications in windows???

Nylex 04-08-2006 12:55 PM

If you mean "can you use Windows applications in Linux", then the answer is generally no, well not natively. Some applications have both Windows and Linux versions available (e.g. Firefox), but for other things you'll have to find a Linux equivalent (here is a list of Linux software equivalents) or try to use them with software that lets you run Windows stuff under Linux (like Wine or CrossOver Office).

brianthegreat 04-08-2006 12:56 PM

What distro are you using and what are you trying to do? You can run Windows applications with wine but there are many linux applications that can complete the same functions.

Dtsazza 04-08-2006 03:55 PM

Coming from Windows, your best bet is to use KDE as your desktop, as that's probably closest to what you're used to. Then again, if you're already using GNOME and don't know how/want to change, then don't sweat it as they're both pretty similar to what you're used to and easy to pick up.

A useful piece of advice is to get to know how your package manager works. That's the software that downloads, configures and installs software for you, and once you get the hang of that, you can always get a tool for the task you need. For Debian and Ubuntu that's apt-get, for Fedore it's yum, for SUSE it's YAST (I think). You may need to look around to 'get the feel' of which applications are generally used for what tasks; at the risk of prompting disagreements, I'd say that the following are widely used for general desktop tasks:
  • Web browser: Mozilla Firefox (though KDE's built-in Konqueror and GNOME's built-in Epiphany are both more than suitable)
  • Email: Mozilla Thunderbird (again, KDE and GNOME's built-in email clients are fine for just sending and receiving mail - or if you use Hotmail/Gmail etc, use your browser :) )
  • Media player: MPlayer (GNOME's Totem is an excellent alternative, and I personally use VLC)
  • Audio Player: Take your pick. There are many out there, all the video players generally do audio too, but one of the original and still favoured ones is xmms
  • Office suite:
  • Graphics suite: The GIMP
I think that covers a few of the more common tools - it's also worth noting that it doesn't matter if someone uses something different from you. In Linux, you'll find you have a lot of choice, and feel free to pick whichever piece of software works best for you - you'll generally find it plays nicely with other tools so you don't need to worry about being left out if you want to be different.

And above all, the most important thing is not to be unwilling to learn. Keep your eyes and mind open and you'll pick things up in no time. Don't be afraid to ask for help, either - we've all been there once, and someone who's willing to learn is a great person to teach. Linux is a different kettle of fish to Windows - and in my mind, a kettle of much nicer fish. It won't be exactly the same, but once you get used to it there's no going back.

Welcome to the forums!

pixellany 04-08-2006 09:31 PM

Two bits of advice:
--One step at a time
--Stay focussed--including asking specific questions.

For more general advice, tell us what you have so far. Distro, things you have been able to do---or NOT able to do, etc.

Uh-Oh...Problems 04-11-2006 03:17 PM

Windows apps
I downlaoded Wine, and now i need to know how to use/install it. pleas help.

halturata 04-11-2006 03:19 PM

You do not need to change nothing in the application itself. You just have to run a emulator for Windows API's, like Wine for example.

Komakino 04-11-2006 03:23 PM

Windows != Linux

They are totally different operating systems: files compiled for one will not natively run on the other, some form of emulation or compatibility layer is needed. Wine (suggested above) is your best bet, unless a decent linux alternative exists. What program did you want to use.

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