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Old 01-17-2008, 08:26 PM   #1
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Will Wife Be happy with Linux??? (program wise)


Hello World.......coming at ya from Ohio...thanks for reading....

Have installed Ubuntu on an older PC...my secondary one that is. Installed just fine, got Compiz and all the effects, including Skydomes, 3-D transparent cubes, etc...all to work.....Very Impressive!

Downloading packages is quick and easy...very cool OS indeed, and I like it's not from a Multi-Billion dollar corporation.

If we decide to go 100% Linux.....couple quick questions....Any help or comments would be greatly appreciated, and the Linux community is very helpful..thank you all for that!

1.) Is there a version or equal, and does it work as well, Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger for online chatting? We use both now.

2.) Wine and Cadega work pretty good? I do like my Windows games like Heroes Might Magic V and Visual Pinballs, etc, etc.

3.) Any need for ANtiVirus? Spyware/malware a problem? This would be BIG reason to switch away from Windows...ugh.

4.) Good support for DVD copying (my own for backups of course!)...and Limewire? These are asked to obtain totally legal files of course! )

That's enough for one post...I know, I know.....THANKS Everyone!
Very Happy to start becoming part of this scene.......makes messing around with computers fun again, like in the old days!

Thanks,
Brian.
 
Old 01-17-2008, 08:35 PM   #2
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1.) Is there a version or equal, and does it work as well, Yahoo Messenger and MSN Messenger for online chatting? We use both now.
Pidgin will take the place of both, as long as you don't need special features like video
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2.) Wine and Cadega work pretty good? I do like my Windows games like Heroes Might Magic V and Visual Pinballs, etc, etc.
It really depends on the app you are trying to run, some work better than others. Check here to see if what you want to run is listed http://appdb.winehq.org/
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3.) Any need for ANtiVirus? Spyware/malware a problem? This would be BIG reason to switch away from Windows...ugh.
Not really
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4.) Good support for DVD copying (my own for backups of course!)...and Limewire? These are asked to obtain totally legal files of course! )
Handbrake has a Linux version, but it is CLI, there is a GUI in development, there is also k9copy and probably a lot more. Limewire and Frostwire are java based, so they have Linux versions.

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Old 01-17-2008, 08:35 PM   #3
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For messaging, you can use pidgin which works with both yahoo and msn. You do not need antivirus unless you are sharing files with Windows users/machines (the antivirus solutions look for Windows viruses on your Linux box). WINE/Cedega work fine for many applications and games, but its not 100% guaranteed that all apps and games will work. There are various apps for writing dvd discs e.g. gnomebaker, brasero and k3b. There is a version of LimeWire which is available for Linux.
 
Old 01-17-2008, 10:17 PM   #4
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Great advice from all.....getting closer to saying Bye Byeeeee Billy
Thanks,
Brian.
 
Old 01-18-2008, 01:45 AM   #5
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http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/...ndows_software
 
  


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