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Old 06-18-2007, 01:59 AM   #1
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Hello ,

I use windows me and want to switch to Linux. I hate paying several hundred $$ to upgrade my OS. I run a small business and unfortunately need to to use ms office products still. Is there a was I can use Linux as my OS and still use my outdated version of windows to run ms products?

I have an Intel celeron processor. Is this compatable with Linux?

Also, what types of problems do people usually run into during the first installation / using Linux?

Please offer any ideas and suggestions

Thanks in advance

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Old 06-18-2007, 02:05 AM   #2
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Intel cpus should not be a problem. ME is outdated, yes, but you can run it using VMware (or other virtalization software) if you like; on the other hand, if it's just Office docs you need, you can use OpenOffice on Linux. It's best to use the open formats with it, but it can deal with MS Office file formats as well, not 100% perfectly but very well if you ask me (macros etc. don't work at the moment, you'll have to re-create them).

If you pick up an easy-to-install-and-use distribution (Ubuntu, Fedora, SuSE, ...) you should have no big problems. User rights, directory system and such are perhaps the biggest changes from WinME, but nothing you couldn't handle; I've seen a lot of people who I've installed Ubuntu for that have been first-time-newcomers to Linux and had less problems than with Windows, from the first boot. If your attitude is right, you'll have an easy start

There is also an option to use Wine (or pay for Crossover Office for example, but Wine is free and _should_ be able to run Office) to install and run a native Microsoft Office on your Linux. Though if you're fine with using OpenOffice which is very similar to MS Office, I suggest you go that way.
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you can run windows and linux on one machine, yes, but you might like to look at crossover office to run the big apps under linux directly.

celeron's are fine.
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Best way to know is to read, and the best way to learn some thing is to try it.
So do not worry it is easy to know and to learn LINUX, and I believe this site will help you with any new issue you will face...

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