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Old 06-06-2012, 11:25 AM   #71
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the only real downside to ubuntu/linux is that you have to "add-on" any apps that you need; plus since it is open source programming, "anyone" is allowed to write apps or modifications for it. It is a very stable and well written system; but, even it has its limits.
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Two quickies: Will Linux run 'Open Office', and do a good job with it? Any experience? Any limitation on availability of apps?

And, are these 'add-ons' also open source, because if they are, I have no problem letting the hoard of vocal users already out there do the sorting and evaluations, there is no shortage of information/reviews on the net....

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Ooops, I missed a page, and found that Ramblin's post pretty much answered my questions about add-ons.... But I still don't know if Linux runs Open Office reliably. Anyone?
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Give it a try. Ubuntu Linux will allow you to create a bootable CD, and try it out on YOUR hardware without modifying anything on your system. Just boot it and run it from the CD. If you like it, but want to keep XP available, you can load it along side of Windows XP, and have a dual-boot system.
Will it also work with W7?
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Ramblin, it that anything like the Linux in the link you posted?
That is the linux distribution I posted, but the video is 2 revisions older than the one you downloaded.
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I sure hope Ubuntu Linux doesn't need to be re-booted often. My coffee got ice cubes in it waiting for it to boot off a DVD.

But, does it do the same trick stuff?
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Ooops, I missed a page, and found that Ramblin's post pretty much answered my questions about add-ons.... But I still don't know if Linux runs Open Office reliably. Anyone?
Ubuntu linux will include open office in teh base install. Open office was originally written to run on linux, and runs there better than any other platform.
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Will it also work with W7?
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I sure hope Ubuntu Linux doesn't need to be re-booted often. My coffee got ice cubes in it waiting for it to boot off a DVD.

But, does it do the same trick stuff?
It does take a long time for the demo to load from DVD. It will boot in less than a minute once installed to a hard drive. CD/DVD transfer rates are really slow.

The only time I reboot my linux box is when the kernel is updated. I have never rebooted a linux box to regain control or to solve a performance problem.

Yes, you can configure it to do all the stuff you saw in the video.
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Did you even bother to read this link from a company who makes money selling virus protection. I bothered to actually read the first two posts, and all I could find was links to a mac rumors site, and the next question was whether or not a Mac could actually get the virus in question. The moderator said NO, it was impossible for the MAC TO GET THIS VIRUS. Mac can carry a virus but will not get infected.

I took the time to read the first couple of items, after which I could not see any reason to go further.

I would read links before I post them. They are false and misleading, I posted that I never have had one minutes problem with any of my macs in 14 years. I also posted of an extensive experience (since 1983) with Microsoft. You choose to post, and I quote, "BS". And "BSx2" in effect calling me a liar.

This is exactly how people try to defend indefensible positions.
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Will Linux run XP type .exe file? I have written many programs to run my business so Linux would have to run them too.
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Will Linux run XP type .exe file? I have written many programs to run my business so Linux would have to run them too.

Answer is: Maybe.

There is a windows emulation layer for Linux called 'Wine'. It will run most windows executables. All I can tell you to do is try it, or if you want to send them to me I'll be happy to test them for you. Most likely they will run, but depending on the code, they may not. I run Microsoft Office XP under Wine, and it runs just like it was written for linux, and looks exactly like it does on Windows.

Another option for running Windows stuff under linux is the free and awesome VirtualBox. Like VMware, it sets up virtual hardware environments (virtual machines) in software. You install a copy of Windows XP (or Vista, 7, NT, whatever) into a VM and it runs in a window under linux.

A third option is dual boot.

Finally, depending on the language they are written in, you may be able to compile linux executables that run natively on linux.
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What about the W7 programs I already have installed. Will Linux Ubuntu find them?
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