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Old 3rd March 2006, 08:31 PM
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thinking of switching to Linux...

hey, i have to wipe my computer because Windows ME died or something, and i'm considering installing Fedora after. i'm very new to Linux, but i think i'm gonna try it out because i hate Microsoft as a company and i hate Macintosh as an operating system. my main question is: will i be able to install/run tha same programs? tha ones i use most are Cool Edit Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Alcohol 120%, GTA San Andreas, BitTorrent, and Creative MediaSource (for my Creative Zen Nomad mp3 player). when somebody like tha Participatory Culture Foundation puts out a program like tha Democracy Player, do i have to wait until they make a Linux version, or can i use a Windows or Mac version. this is probably a dumb question, but i don't know, and want to find out. also, i noticed that Fedora Core 5 is supposed to come out March 15th, so should i wait for that?
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Old 3rd March 2006, 08:59 PM
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hey, i have to wipe my computer because Windows ME died or something, and i'm considering installing Fedora after. i'm very new to Linux, but i think i'm gonna try it out because i hate Microsoft as a company and i hate Macintosh as an operating system. my main question is: will i be able to install/run tha same programs? tha ones i use most are Cool Edit Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Alcohol 120%, GTA San Andreas, BitTorrent, and Creative MediaSource (for my Creative Zen Nomad mp3 player).
Well, yes and no. You won't be able to run the exact same apps, but in most cases will be able to find Linux versions. Some windows apps you may get running with usimg WINE, which is a type of emulator, that allows you to run some Windows apps under Linux. I say type of emulator as the acronym WINE stands for Wine Is Not an Emulator.


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when somebody like tha Participatory Culture Foundation puts out a program like tha Democracy Player, do i have to wait until they make a Linux version, or can i use a Windows or Mac version.
Same as above really. You might get in working under WINE. There are ither full emulatoprs that others here might be able to give you more info about.

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this is probably a dumb question, but i don't know, and want to find out.
No really dump questions. I think in most cases it's probably dump not to ask. But, first search these forums as you'll find that a lot of your questions/problems have been experienced and anwsered by others.

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also, i noticed that Fedora Core 5 is supposed to come out March 15th, so should i wait for that?
If you are brand new to Linux and are not desperate to get going it may be best to wait for Fedora Core 5

Thing to say is be patient. Linux is not windows and can't be approached in quite the same way. There will be a learning curve to go through. I'm still on my learning curve, but it's not quite so steep now And there is usually more than one way to do something.

Enjoy it all.

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Old 3rd March 2006, 09:00 PM
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hey, i have to wipe my computer because Windows ME died or something, and i'm considering installing Fedora after. i'm very new to Linux, but i think i'm gonna try it out because i hate Microsoft as a company and i hate Macintosh as an operating system.
Not sure if hatred is the best motivation to switch to another OS. You will have to learn stuff. Same for me if I buy tommorow a Mac. BTW, I consider that Tiger interface as one of the best in the world, for the moment. Gnome comes in second.
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my main question is: will i be able to install/run tha same programs?
No. On Linux you run Linux apps. On Windows you run Windows apps. On the Mac your run Macintosh apps. Yes, as there are several possibilities to run Windows apps in Linux. 1. Use those apps that are available for both platforms. Like OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird and some more. 2. Install VMware Player or a similar program to install Windows in a virtual machine on your Linux box. That way you can install and use the Windows apps like you mentioned. A bit slower, but on my machine (Athlon64, 1 gig of memory plus fc4/32) really useable. I must admit that I very seldom use Windows programs any more, because I manage to do nearly all the stuff with open source software on Linux. 3. Install Wine under Fedora, a Windows emulator that can run several apps, including (I tried that) IrfanView for the most part (still the best free imaging utility in the world).

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Cool Edit Pro, Adobe Photoshop, Alcohol 120%, GTA San Andreas, BitTorrent, and Creative MediaSource (for my Creative Zen Nomad mp3 player).
Cool Edit, that's a sound app isn't it? There exists something like that on GNU/Linux, forgot the name for the moment. For Photoshop you can use The Gimp, although without color management, if you need that. 16-bit processing is limited as well (if at all possible, I forgot, do not really use that). Bittorrent exist on Linux and works very well. The other apps I don't know about.

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i noticed that Fedora Core 5 is supposed to come out March 15th, so should i wait for that?
Only less than two weeks away! You can install the test 3 version of fc5 now and see what happens on your machine. Keep in mind that you will reinstall the official 5 release shortly, so keep your hard drive in the mean time as empty as possible! :-)

Cheers, Paul.
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Old 3rd March 2006, 09:01 PM
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First, I hope you realize just how much different Linux is from Windows. If you are expecting something which is very similar you are going to be disappointed. There will be a learning curve.

Second, you often cannot run the same programs under Linux that you run under Windows. Some applications are offered for both products (for example, openoffice.org). Some applications can run ok under Wine or Crossover Office, but some do not. Also, apps like CrossOver are not free

Trying out Linux is a great idea, but if you have a second computer to try this on....I highly suggest it. You can find out what works, what doesn't, what you like and whether it will work for you.
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Old 3rd March 2006, 09:33 PM
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Or start with a live-CD like Knoppix first. Hate is not the best motivation for trying Linux, as already stated. First, you should perhaps reinstall Windows (one last time) and play with Knoppix until you are a bit comfy with the way Linux works. Things are quite different with Linux than with Windows. After some weeks, you can still decide if you want to switch to Linux. A live CD can be run completely from system RAM, thus it won't touch your harddisk unless you give the system the order to touch it.
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Old 3rd March 2006, 09:39 PM
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Old 4th March 2006, 07:46 AM
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I would still consider myself a linux newbie who has spent most his life using windows. At first it was so hard to get comfortable with Linux, it just seemed like there was so much work to be done before it worked the way i wanted to. But as you configure you distro, i started to get this underlining feeling that i was become much more aware of what was happening on my system. When ever i did run into a problem i posted it here or google for it and i found my solution. So like many have said its going to be a little different from linux. I think my biggest problem was configureing "Yum" which is what you can use to download and install programs. First thing your going to want to do is port over everything that your use to using. Thats what i wanted at first but then i found programs native to linux that do the same thing and actually do a better job because some of these programs do suck up so much memory or processing power. Linux and be both simple and complex both at the same time. I a big Fedora fan, i've been with this distro since core 2. But its probably best to wait for core 5 and just use Knoppix for now. Its real simple and you can get a great linux experience with out any risk. Welcome to the Linux world.
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Old 8th March 2006, 04:07 AM
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thanks for all your help guys. sorry, i couldn't find my post for a little while and just checked tha e-mail i registered under. so yeah, i think i'll give that Knoppix Live CD a shot to begin with. if i do decide to go with Linux, how should i go about clearing/reformatting/whatever my hard drive? i was looking at DBAN as a quick and easy fix, but a friend of mine says that it takes like a week and isn't necessary since i'm not hacking.
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Old 8th March 2006, 05:32 PM
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in windows i used partitions magic to create space for my ext3 partition. You can also use fdisk and i think even Knoppix has a hard drive partitioning applications. Search this forum there are many thread on that topic.
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Old 8th March 2006, 06:51 PM
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I'd just clear space on your hard disk then do it with druid at the install, probably the easiest way to go about it. Don't forget to create a swap partition roughly twice what you have in physical ram is probably the best size for it not to sure considering I'm new to linux myself just started in January, dumped XP then.

If your mainly going to be playing games though you may find that in most instances windows is better for that considering nearly all games (unfortunately) are developed in DirectX over OpenGL. As far as sound editing and graphics goes I can imagine there should be some very good if not better apps than windows considering this is a more stable and efficient OS. Not one crash since initial install other than KDE whinning at me a few times I've been quite impressed to be honest.
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Old 9th March 2006, 12:36 AM
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Yeah, you just partition on the install. In fact, just select auto partition and remove all existing partitions on this system and it will just take care of itself. Personally, I always manually partition and create a seperate /home partition, but being a newbie I wouldnt really worry about this yet. It will all come in time. Welcome to Linux, you might get discouraged at first, but there is ALWAYS an easy answer to your vexing problem. The hard part is finding it. We have all been there. It truely is worth it, in a couple months you wont even want to see a Windows desktop!
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Old 9th March 2006, 09:23 PM
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If he autos it unfortunately formats it in ext2 not ext3. I did that on my first install when I reinstalled made sure it was ext3.
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