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Old 12-07-2006, 08:38 PM   #1
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Hello All


I think it has been about five years that I have been using Linux. I had an older version of Red Hat (6.2 or 7.x) and then installed SUSE 8.2 about 3 years ago, which I am still using. I use it as a second machine, and for the most part not that much. Around November 1, my XP machine failed, so I had to rely on my Linux machine until I replaced it. As a result I got around to making use of some things I hadn't before. Most importantly, I installed Thunderbird, and actually started using my Linux machine for e-mail. I had already installed Firefox and OpenOffice. Some of my son's games worked using wine. That surprized me; previously it seemed that if it was anything more than a simple executable, it wouldn't work.

Another thing that surprized me, is when I attached a USB flash card reader, and the icon just appeared on my desk top ... and worked! I also had my first experience with using Linux to write CD's. I had it ever since I installed SUSE, but never even tried it.
 
Old 12-07-2006, 09:02 PM   #2
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Welcome. If your new machine where 64 bit, you might also be using a 64 bit distro. Something that has been done for a long time in Linux before windows. Several open source programs like Open Office, Thunderbird, firefox and Blender3d are available in both Windows and Linux which can make the transition from Windows to Linux easier.
 
Old 12-07-2006, 09:32 PM   #3
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What is blender3d?
 
Old 12-07-2006, 10:25 PM   #4
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Blender is a 3d animation program. The first time I tried it, you could download it on two floppy disks. It has grown quite a bit. Also, during the dot.com bust, the company that released it went out of business. The users of the program raised $100,000 to purchase it from the holding company and now it is not only free, it is Open Source as well.

It is probably available from one of the packages available on your install cd. If not go to http://www.blender3d.org/cms/Home.2.0.html. Also, be sure to check out the open source file project "Elephant's Dream" produced using blender. http://orange.blender.org/download
 
Old 12-08-2006, 11:52 AM   #5
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