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Old 09-18-2015, 08:01 AM   #5641
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Apps ported to Linux, especially Debian & CentOS

Solarwinds Orion NPM, NCM, NTA, & IPAM.

The latest GNS3 without having to compile the source and address all the dependencies; especially for Debian & CentOS.

Dragon Systems Naturally Speaking and/or Second Speech for text to voice, and creation of MP3 files from text; again for Debian and CentOS.

Considerably more support for sound cards would also be greatly appreciated; there are too many on the market that lack Linux support, Debian in particular.

Finally, native support for Android phones in Linux without having the jump through the kind-of hoops that the forums suggest to get an Android phone (Samsung Note 4, in my case) to be recognized by Linux and mounted correctly for access to its file system, etc.
Old 09-18-2015, 08:30 AM   #5642
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A CAD program would be very useful. AutoCAD comes to mind, as it is very common and frequently used in many industries.
Old 09-18-2015, 08:38 AM   #5643
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Originally Posted by political-paul View Post
Thank you! 1- Program with flexibility to mount .iso programs. (I have gotten a few programs, then had to download something to mount it [wrong, that shouldn't happen] to discover the mounting program does not work. (I'm a novice!)
2- Anti-virus program, a good one like Kaspersky. I tried to install a Kaspersky I have but wouldn't work on Ubuntu.
I downloaded Ubuntu, heard good things about it, but none of those "good things" I saw. I tried to post to warn people that Ubuntu is NOT for any novice. You need to be experienced/knowledgeable with computers, then you will probably like it. I discovered not to download the newest program (like I did with Ubuntu & GNOME) for a novice like me. Let the more knowledgeable work with the newest release because they know how to work on/fix the problems. (It's like not to buy the newest car that comes out for sale due to all the fixes that need to happen).

You said "Constructive" comments. I suppose that also means "constructive criticism?". Regardless, I'm not criticising, rather I love the idea of Free Downloads. As a result, I am doing what I can to patronize whoever advertises with you in the hope of a positive manner to help spread a "free Ubuntu".

My experiences with this forum has not been as good as you stated "... we continue to remain extremely friendly..." Actually NO, you haven't, to me that is though I have been quite polite and trying not to be offensive, but I still got negative reactions. My experiences, and the ones I have read indicate NO the "challenge others" and "differing opinions" are clearly not tolerated! I received name-calling, when I certainly did not throw the first name-call and belittling comments.

Let's make ONE issue perfectly clear - I noticed the people who are giving advice to others to help them through their computer problems are doing so VOLUNTARILY! I believe they deserve much more respect for donating their time/expertise all trying to help a frustrated person. You also cannot insist upon volunteers to put-up with a thin patience line dealing with a novice like me.

I learned I need to know more about computers, as I should have all along. I joined an on-line free computer course (at least it's free so far). I'm learning, slow for someone my age, but trying.

This may "ring-a-bell" to someone: I have a Hp Pavilion dv6, I backed-up everything from this lap-top into a 4Tb external drive I formatted NTFS prior to backing-up. I have all sorts of private information, checkbook & things, in the external drive. I was downloading GNOME because it said I had to have such in my newest Ubuntu. The GNOME was so big I put it in the external drive and now I can't access it, given an error message.

After asking questions on the forum, a kind soul started to help but lost patience soon. My post warning people that if they want Ubuntu, they need to be more experienced/knowledgeable than me (in a polite & respectful manner) was received with names like "idiot", "troll" just to name a couple, and nothing, or otherwise blacklisted.

I know nothing about computer software writing, but think there should be some sort of .iso program that could install all other .iso programs written so a person could download what he/she needs without an exhaustive search and download of a program designed just to mount the program I just downloaded. Most people would respond with frustration and refusal to deal with whoever did that to them, and they won't forget. That part is a mistake that needs to be corrected.
OK, you have said some scary things in that post, and I sympathise with the problems you are having. Some techies who use Linux can be very snippy, and have no understanding of people who struggle with a system that looks completely different to what they are used to.

First of all, UNPLUG YOUR EXTERNAL DRIVE IMMEDIATELY AND SWITCH IT OFF. From your description, you could cause further damage. Don't leave it plugged in when trying to install ubuntu at all. You may need to use data recovery to get your files back, or you may be able to get it working again, but from your post, you should not leave it plugged in until you have a fully working computer.

Something is wrong with your ubuntu installation. The standard 'latest' version of Ubuntu does not use Gnome Desktop, it uses Unity, which is their own creation.

Once Ubuntu is installed, you do not need an iso to install or update Ubuntu, as the update manager can handle updates for you. On the few occasions that you might need to mount an iso, GMountIso is a reliable and easy to use program, as is acetoneiso (though acetoneiso tries to do a lot more, so is more complicated. I would not recommend it for anything you have described in your post.

Anti-virus - you don't really (currently) NEED any anti-virus software for Linux, except maybe to check whether windows software is infected.

Most linux systems (including ubuntu) have a software center (ubuntu software center), which is like the app stores that google and apple provide. Any average user should be able to find programs to suit their needs in there, and easily install them. In fact, even if you only read the last 10-15 pages of this thread, you will find that most people are asking for pretty specialist programs, as there are none in the software centers that handle those specialist jobs (or at least not adequately for their needs).

I would like to be able to help more, but this is perhaps not the correct thread for that.
Old 09-18-2015, 08:55 AM   #5644
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No one ... I have all I need
Old 09-18-2015, 09:01 AM   #5645
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Applications from Windows to Debian

1. H&R Tax Cut: Tried installing this using Wine, but could not get it to work. It's the only reason I still keep Windows on my computer. Or, Turbo Tax as an alternative. Sure, both of these are available on-line, but those do not have the same flexibility as a local installation.

2. A WYSIWYG web editor like FrontPage, Expression Web or Dream Weaver.
Old 09-18-2015, 12:54 PM   #5646
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for political-paul post 5609. and just a tad off topic. you're absolutely correct. linux is NOT for newbies to the digital arena. for one the entity needs to be familiar not only with partitions (and what they are) but also partition "types". basically if a potential user has never built a box from scratch (a skill level necessary in my opinion to run linux... but purchases instead at retail as an alternative) they simply have stuff to learn before attempting to install (and run) linux.

for example windows has a "terminal". but just about NOBODY actually uses it. why? typical MS users do not possess this level of digital expertise (even if they've been using it for years). however in linux one simply needs to do some things via the "terminal"... for example giving your file manager full rights. one can only do that from the terminal. another example: "dd is GOD!" (I use this to backup my MBR's).
Old 09-18-2015, 01:32 PM   #5647
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Have you looked at gimagereader? ( It's a graphical front-end to tesseract. It supports decent built-in image adjustment, such as rotate, brightness, and contrast. It also lets you select the language to detect and puts the output in a text editor on the right. It also lets you select the area to "read" the text from. One of the really nice things about that little editor is that it lets you strip line endings for you. It also supports basic find-and replace.

So it's not a comprehensive image editor, and it's not a comprehensive text editor. That being said, it gives you all of the tools that you'll need to get the job done 99% of the time. If you really need to tweak the source image, there's GIMP or other image editing software. If you really need <insert some obscure text editor feature>, then you probably already use a text editor that does that.

Also, it's probably worth noting that Google has made a lot of contributions to tesseract; they apparently use it for their Google Books service, to scan in old books
Thanks Maples,

I'll take a look at gimagereader
Old 09-18-2015, 01:39 PM   #5648
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Originally Posted by zaqwaz View Post
if possible, Chrome browser...
Please be more specific, Google Chrome is already available for Linux, what are you asking for?

Not that I have any sway in these things but I wouldn't like anybody reading to get the impression that it was not available for Linux.
Old 09-18-2015, 02:04 PM   #5649
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Originally Posted by GizmoCodes View Post
I think that Microsoft should get off their lazy arses and either port the Android version of Skype to Linux or update the existing Skype for Linux.

Although, I'm almost certain they won't.
If MS won't at least make specifications available and allow a Linux clone to connect, they might be violating anti-trust laws or something similar.
Old 09-18-2015, 02:10 PM   #5650
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Current version of Quicken isn't it.

I upgraded from Quicken '99 to 2014 or 5. They changed a light, fast program into an extremely slow-to-load dog. It seems to me that something with Quicken's look and feel but new code underpinnings would be much better than a port.
Old 09-18-2015, 02:55 PM   #5651
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Puppy Linux 528 with GNOME or LXDE

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Old 09-18-2015, 04:59 PM   #5652
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Programs to Port to Linux

I constantly use ZTreeWin a character-mode 64-bit file manager for Windows; its like a swiss army knife, powerful if used carefully.
Also Directory Opus (uses XML for configuration and settings, plug-ins, buttons, etc.) Very nice two-pane file manager.
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Old 09-18-2015, 05:06 PM   #5653
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Originally Posted by johnh46 View Post
I constantly use ZTreeWin a character-mode 64-bit file manager for Windows; its like a swiss army knife, powerful if used carefully.
I remember XTree Gold and XTree Net back in the day -- I never realised the legacy was still alive.
In case you haven't tried it I feel I should point to Midnight Commander If it doesn't fit the bill then fair enough.
Old 09-18-2015, 05:10 PM   #5654
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A wakeup code that works on ubuntu 15.04

The current wakeup worked great on earlier versions of ubuntu but fails on 15.04.
Old 09-18-2015, 05:12 PM   #5655
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Originally Posted by mistawispa View Post
I would love to use Corel Paint Shop Pro. I had been using this since it appeared on the Tucows Shareware site in the late 90's.
Have you tried Krita?


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