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Old 11-03-2008, 06:14 AM   #1
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RHL 5 or Suse Linux?


Hi All,
I am newbie and thus dont have much idea about Linux now. I have two Linux versions, Red Hat and Suse Linux. which one is better? I am basically looking for using Linux so as to run some windows program (installed on another partition) and connecting to net and normal office work. Please guide. If any other better than these tell that also.
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Old 11-03-2008, 06:19 AM   #2
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They're both good.

Why do you want them to run a Windows program though? You may be able to do it through wine, but it depends what it is.

All linuxs will connect to net, ant it depends what you mean by do office work, but openoffice is the main suite under linux.
 
Old 11-03-2008, 07:04 AM   #3
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Actually,
I want to use Linux for 2 reasons:
1) to learn open source
2) Linux is less susceptible to virus. I do a lot of file transfer from other computers and my lappy gets infected soon. So i m planning to run windows program(like office, pdf, tally) from linux itself.

I am unable to connect to internet thru RHL 5 now. I know its mostly cos of the ethernet driver(or corresponding s/w) not installed for linux version. I enquired my vendor (HP) and they said that they dont provide s/w for non windows system. So where can i install the same from? help will be highly appreciated. is there some opensource site where we can download all the linux drivers for different hardware types?
Thanks,
An
 
Old 11-03-2008, 03:35 PM   #4
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HP is generally good on Linux. What computer is it? What ethernet cars/chip is it (use lspci)

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Old 11-03-2008, 03:44 PM   #5
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Rather than RHEL 5 which is commercial I would suggest Centos 5.2 if you want to go that route. at least then you will be able to get updates without an expensive support contract / subscription.
 
Old 11-03-2008, 07:07 PM   #6
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As billymayday said, unless you want to use a compatibility layer like Wine www.winehq.org, you'll be much better off using the Linux equivalents http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/...ndows_software.
You can't run MS executables natively under Linux (or any other OS). The internal layouts of the prog files are different.
You should be able to read data files though.
 
Old 11-04-2008, 01:14 AM   #7
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its Compaq presario v3611au laptop, AMD Athlon processor, nVidia graphics card and the ethernert harware is Nvidia_v6608AU_ethernet

@farslayer
where can i get centos to download from? as i m a newbie, ease of usability, easy GUI is must

@chrism01
whats wine?
 
Old 11-04-2008, 01:23 AM   #8
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www.centos.org

Wine Is Not an Emulator - a program to run Windows programs under Linux.
 
Old 11-04-2008, 01:28 AM   #9
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Is that a wireless adapter or wired?
 
Old 11-04-2008, 01:33 AM   #10
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that was the driver i had to install for wired internet connection on windows:
http://www.sendspace.com/file/7hxbi4

i want similar one for linux
 
Old 11-04-2008, 01:39 AM   #11
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I prefer the new ubuntu 8.10 with the gnome desktop or if you wait a few more weeks, Fedora 10 will be out also
i prefer the gnome desktops for their simplicity and ease of use.

to answer your question though, I'd go with suse.
 
Old 11-04-2008, 01:42 AM   #12
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I did a search, and it looks to me like this should work as is. What errors are you getting.
 
Old 11-04-2008, 02:13 AM   #13
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i plugged in the network cable and tried to google using mozzila, its not connecting
 
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What happens if you bring up the network manager?
 
  


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