Linux OS

From: Jules Richardson <>
Date: Sun Oct 17 07:40:22 2004

On Sat, 2004-10-16 at 19:29 -0500, Jim Isbell wrote:

> I can't do that. There are programs I need and I cannot just take a
> chance that "maybe it will work" My main concerns are Adobe PDF
> creator, Adobe Photo Shop, Netscape, and particularly Easy Office 2001
> which contains all my data in Easy Spreadsheet files that are not
> compatible with Excel (even though they are supposed to be).

Have a look at:

I've just started using Wine recently for running Paint Shop Pro under
(it was the only thing left for which there wasn't a viable Linux
alternative) and I'm *really* impressed. It was easy to get going and
the speed feels about 90% of native Windows, which isn't half bad.

I believe Photoshop runs happily; I'm not sure about the others
(Netscape you can just run under Linux surely, or use a different

> I can network the old and new computers ( I already have the LAN in
> operation with two MS OS computers on it) then I could download all my
> files and programs into the new computer....IF I COULD BE SURE that they
> would work with the Lindows OS. Spending $49 to try what might be a
> failure is NOT an option.

Why pay money for something you can download (legally! :-) for free?
Then either install to your second machine, or install to a seperate
hard disk in your main machine to try it out (as you're a new Linux
user, just take your disk with Windows on it out just to make sure you
don't accidentally overwrite anything)

Red Hat (Fedora) is reckoned to be pretty good for people new to Linux.
Most distributions support installing over the web if you don't fancy
downloading a local copy.

Do some reading from for useful 'how to use Linux'

Also compares some of
the major distributions.

Note that Wine will run on any Linux distribution (I use Slackware here,
but I wouldn't recommend it for someone used to Windows as nearly all of
the configuration is command line)


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