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Old 07-30-2006, 08:12 PM   #1
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Noob questions


Hi all.

I'm a noob as of this week, and I just have a couple of questions.

My first question has to do with simply changing the font in Firefox. I started with MEPIS mostly because I was tired of looking at Windoze, having looked at it since 3.11. But the fonts in Firefox are actually worse than looking at Windoze. How do I change them?

The second question is, how can I find out concisely what programs open what applications, and how do I go about it? I mean, I've downloaded what I think are tweaks, but I don't know how to open them. I'm sorry, but the computer that it's on is busy, so I can't specify what files, but I just need to know how to run anything at all.

Finally for tonight, has anyone had any experience with TA Fusion Crossover or any similar "virtualizing" programs? I'd like to be able to open Windoze from within MEPIS, which I think would be attractive to some people because it "enslaves" Windoze to MEPIS.

I'm 54 and like I say, I've been looking at Windoze since 3.11, but I really don't want to have to learn a new OS from the ground up. I guess for me, the fact that Gates has started giving away money makes Windoze at least a little more "politically correct".

If I were to join that other guy's thread about "Arguments against MEPIS", or whatever it is, I would say that it seems that it still leaves the non-geeks behind, that one still has to be very geeky to be willing to work with it.

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Old 07-30-2006, 08:42 PM   #2
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I'll try to answer your questions and comments in the order you gave them.

In FF, go to edit>preferences>appearance>fonts BUT, maybe what you really need to do is download true type fonts and put them in your fonts directory. If you need to know how to do this just post back and ask.

What do you mean by "tweeks"?

In general, if you click on a file it will open with the default application. Mepis comes with several apps thsat will open a given file type usually. For instance- you can open a .doc file with Open office or Kwrite. What file types are you referring to?

I've never used any crossover app personally.

You need to use OS A or OS B because you want the security or compatability or usability or whatever. Don't switch to Linux because you have a problem with M$ morals.
 
Old 07-30-2006, 09:08 PM   #3
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Thanks, Bluesman, but...

In the version of FF I have there's no place to "edit preferences", which is to say that there's no choice either in "edit" or "tools" to do that. I can't find the choice you're talking about.

What I've found that in the newest version of MEPIS, it always asks me what I want to open the file with. I right-click on "open", and it opens a box that asks me what to open it with.

Tweaks right now are just things like skins and so forth.

And if you're talking about compatibility and usablity, that, so far, is not consistent with my experience. Every time I try to open and install anything, it asks me what to install it with. Beyond making a pretty desktop, I'm stuck. The screen saver won't even "stick" when it's configured. I don't see .ini, .bat, .exe, nothing like that. I just tried again, to open a tar_gz, and it asked me what I wanted to open it with.

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Old 07-30-2006, 09:36 PM   #4
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I'm using a beta release of 6.0. I went into FF and typed exactly what is in the menus.

What file types are you talking about? I can help you with file associations, but need to know what files.

I think your biggest problem right now is that you are trying to transfer your windows experience to Linux. They are totally different.

Mepis works great right out of the box. Before I would start changing things, I would get used to what is the default.
 
Old 07-30-2006, 11:44 PM   #5
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Maybe you should just point me to a list of file associations in a tutorial, because it would be "all of the above".

So far I've just wanted to change the appearance of the desktop and the font in FF, just for pretties.

(So I did just change the browser fonts in FF. I'm surprised at the smaller selection. I also changed the font size on the pages. I guess that will have to do.)

It would be nice to know how to access Windoze programs too.

I wanted to get away from Windoze because I'm tired of looking at it. That's why I'm so enthused about making this something I want to look at.

But if it ends up to be more trouble than it's worth, I could just buy Windowblinds and change the skin whenever I want to.

I think it's really important (to me, at least) to be able to access Windows programs. I don't want to have to learn a whole new word processor.

Knowing how to download those true type fonts and put them in the fonts directory would be nice. My two favorite fonts are Verdana and Tahoma, and they're not in there, which is surprising.

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