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Old 10-14-2006, 01:08 AM   #1
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need help


OK I have used windows all my life but I have gotten fed up with windows lately and want to switch to linux.
in the past cuple of days I have loaded linux onto onw of my computers but I cant get anything to work. I really want to get my wireless internet card up and working and afew of my programs that I used on windows to work on linux.

so my question is there a way to make microsoft programs run on linux. and can someone tell me how I'm supost to install programs in linux. (any good sites that give instructions)
 
Old 10-14-2006, 02:37 AM   #2
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What distrobution are you using? Any good distro will have a good package manager that will handle installing stuff for you. If you want help with wireless you need to specify more details about your chipset, model number etc because wireless in linux isn't in the most well organised state unfortunately. You can (try to) run Windows program on linux with Wine but what programs do you want to use? There might be something similar that is native and therefore will run better.

"need help" is a crappy thread title, next time use something more specific.
 
Old 10-14-2006, 02:55 AM   #3
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Also, there is a possibility of running your Windows as a virtual machine through vmware, for example. This allows you to run at least most of your Windows apps in a "virtually native" (what a word..) environment, so they probably might work better than with Wine (= "Wine Is Not an Emulator"), though it can run some apps too. The difference is..well, you'll see if you try. I've never run Vmware on Linux, but I could think it uses more resources than running Wine.

Anyway, as said, you should look for native alternatives on Linux -- such as OpenOffice (or AbiWord and GCalc..) instead of MS Office etc. - it just works better.
 
Old 10-14-2006, 06:28 AM   #4
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I've never run Vmware on Linux, but I could think it uses more resources than running Wine.
Not saying this with any figures behind me but I wouldn't be too sure about that. I was experimenting a while ago with vmplayer and while my PC has a lot of resources to throw at it, CPU usage was minimal-to-none and there wasn't any kind of slowdown in either the host or guest OS, it was as if I was doing stuff in the host the whole time.

As I said, I've got nothing to back that up but I was overly impressed with the speed.
 
Old 10-14-2006, 12:57 PM   #5
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sorry I didn't give more info I have used windows all my life and have just switched to Linux Kubuntu I like it but I don't know how I'm supost to intall anything in windows all you do is just click on my computer then on your program that you just put into the CD rom and it will bring up the program and you can install it from their
I have trieed to get my wireless card to work but I cant because I don't know how to install from its CD on linux and it is a microsoft based program

I have tried to get Wine to work but I am stumped as to how to install it also I feel so stupid but thats were I am right know
 
Old 10-14-2006, 03:55 PM   #6
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Most of the software you'll want to install will be available from online repositories using a package manager. For now it's probably easiest to use the graphical version, which is Adept in Kubuntu I think. This should be in your menu somewhere. You'll need to do a little bit of configuration to enable all the repositories you might want. There's probably a way to do this through Adept, but if not it can be done by editing a text file at /etc/apt/sources.lst

The cd for your wireless card will almost certainly just include the windows drivers. As was said earlier wireless for linux can be a bit tricky, but someone can probably help if you tell us what kind of wireless card you have.

A good reference for getting some things setup with ubuntu is ubuntuguide.org It will have a lot of instructions for some of the most common setup issues.
 
  


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