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Old 02-18-2001, 04:34 AM   #1
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Ok, I've installed previous versions of LiNUX several times before. Now, I saw SUSE 7.1 which seems to be awesome ( I will buy it shortly and install it over my Win2K. In fact I like a lot that LiNUX has games now (

Anyway I have some questions though that I really need to know.

1) Does LiNUX has Install/Uninstall anymore? I mean do I have to go to main console and type all the time ./configure, edit makefile and stuff like this? Or do I hit the "setup.exe" and I am done!? (THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION)

2) Does NetScape 6 worths the try?

3) How much diskspace would I need for a good install?

4) KDE or GNOME?

That's it...

Please answer and do not flame!

Thanks aBsOlUtLinux
Old 02-18-2001, 04:36 AM   #2
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Arrow oops

hehe I forgot 2 questions...

6) Is Visual Basic out for LiNUX??? I've been programming for 6 years with it!

7) Can I use WiNE to run VB on LiNUX if its' not out?
Old 02-18-2001, 06:22 AM   #3
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to answer question#1: If you try SuSE7.1 the package manager is linuxconf and SaX.If you use kde as desktop you should be able to use kpackage.
#2 if its no better than 4.73,then no.
#3 4GB maybe more with SuSE
#4 KDE!
#5 there is no Q#5
#6 dont know
#7 dont know
Old 02-18-2001, 06:46 AM   #4
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Thumbs up Thanks mate!

Thanks a lot mate!!

ANd sorry for question 5# . Anyway so you mean that there is the "SETUP.EXE" style on LiNUX right? I don't mean that all programs support it but most of them right?

I mean I hate this ./configure procedure with strange errors!

ANyway please more opinions on q#1 and thanks a lot dude!
Old 02-18-2001, 09:13 AM   #5
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tsk,tsk setup.exe? whatever next?

I'm sorry, but if you want to have any fun with Linux programs then you may well have to use ./configure, make, make install I am afraid, until something happens.

However, you will find that companies such as corel and sun now distribute their programs (staroffice etc...) in a format that will allow you use a one click approach.

VB is not out for Linux as far as I know, but there are ongoing projects to develop Basic environments for Kde and gnome. Or you could try to get VB to work with wine, and then share it with everyone else (i.e me! I also like programming in VB).

As far as KDE and gnome go you will probably find that KDE is more closely linked to windoze then gnome (even though KDE uses no double clicks!?). Forget Netscape and use Konquerer (KDE's browser v.good, supports Java etc..), or mozilla, the open-source netscape but promises to be good (famous last words).

With Linux, you dont have a registry where information about programs is stored centrally. Instead you have file dependencies where if a file needs to have a certain library the install will say so. This also happens when you remove the file, so it is kind of an install/uninstall. But this only works for RPM's or programs such as those used by SUSE and Mandrake etc...
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1) I really think that the configure, make, make install is a much better way of doing things then a setup.exe type install. It allows you to control compiler options, install dirs, pretty much anything you want really.

2) The latest Mozilla is pretty nice. I would recommend atleast checking it out.

4) Very much personal preference. I like Helix (I guess Ximian now) and WindowMaker.

6) As it stands VB is very closly tied to the windows API. A project has been started to try and port it, but it will likely be a long arduous project. More info can be found at If you like VB you will probably be very comfortable with Borlands Delphi, which has already been ported to Linux. It is called Kylix.
Old 02-19-2001, 08:26 AM   #7
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Smile Thank you very much!

THank you all who answered me!

I always didn't go so well with the ./configure method but I will get used to it

THanks again


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