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Old 05-30-2003, 01:39 PM   #1
Jasers
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Hi, I am a Win 98 user and was contemplating using Linux just for the hell of it. I have never used Linux before. So, my questions coming up might sound stupid and I want to apologize ahead of time for that.

I currently check my e-mail with Outlook. Would I be able to save all my e-mails, calendar, contacts and transfer them to whatever e-mail program is used with Linux?

Same question goes with all my Word documents since I have a bunch of old school papers and such that I would really want to keep.

I was contemplating Mandrake 9.1, not for any particular reason, just that it was the first one I came across when I did a google search. Anyone foresee any problems with this choice?

Is playing games difficult or even possible on a Linux OS. I'm pretty sure that most games out there are made for Windows, so just wanted to know if it is possible, and if so, is there any decrease in the quality of the gameplay?

That's all I can think of for now. Any help, feedback, advice, etc would be great. Thanks a lot.


Jason
 
Old 05-30-2003, 01:47 PM   #2
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Here's a few quick answers...

I don't know if you can import Outlook messages / eddresses. There are a couple programs in Linux that are like Outlook, but I don't use them, so don't know.

You can take your Word documents. There are also several different Office options in Linux. I use OpenOffice and love it. I haven't found an MS Office document (DOC, XLS, or PPT) that I couldn't open. Cool feature in OO 1.1 Beta2... You can export to PDF.

Mandrake is usually one of the distros suggested to newbies. RedHat or SuSE are two others. A good one to check out is Knoppix... It runs off a bootable CD and gives you a feel for Linux without having to install it to your hard-drive.

There are a lot of games available in Linux... I don't do those either, so can't say too much. Maybe check LinuxGames.com .
 
Old 05-30-2003, 01:48 PM   #3
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Investigate Evolution

See Open Office and StarOffice

Mandrake and Redhat are the most used by newbies. I like Mandrake 9.0 better than 9.1

# Linux Gaming
Linux Gamers' FAQ
TransGaming Technologies
The Linux kernel preemption project
 
Old 05-30-2003, 01:49 PM   #4
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Re: Linux newbie questions

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Originally posted by Jasers
I currently check my e-mail with Outlook. Would I be able to save all my e-mails, calendar, contacts and transfer them to whatever e-mail program is used with Linux?
It depends on the mail client - I have done it in the past using the windows version of mozilla to import from outlook then copy the e-mails over to linux.

Quote:
Originally posted by Jasers
Same question goes with all my Word documents since I have a bunch of old school papers and such that I would really want to keep.
OpenOffice will work fine.

Quote:
Originally posted by Jasers
I was contemplating Mandrake 9.1, not for any particular reason, just that it was the first one I came across when I did a google search. Anyone foresee any problems with this choice?
I prefer RedHat but it is a matter of opinion - most people find Mandrake easy enough to work with,

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Is playing games difficult or even possible on a Linux OS. I'm pretty sure that most games out there are made for Windows, so just wanted to know if it is possible, and if so, is there any decrease in the quality of the gameplay?
To ply windows games you will need to use WINE or something similar.
 
Old 05-30-2003, 04:54 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input. I'll let you know what happens.
 
  


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