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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby G.A. Heath » Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:16 pm

One thing to tie into the season, a live CD like ubuntu among others is a great way to shop online for Christmas presents without risking there being any kind of record for someone to see what you got them. A friend of mine uses this method to shop for his wife, private mode on your browser does leave some traces...
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Postby Amonix » Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:55 pm

In all honesty unless the people in my family get a lot smarter they will never know where to find those traces. I am the only geek in the family. I do like his methods though and had never thought about that.
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Postby bmwrdr » Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:07 am

I like the idea with the live CD :-) Another way to accomplish the same goal is a virtual machine on your Linux box. You can launch it directly from your Linux installation and eliminates the reboot and fiddling with a CD. And it is all for free. Even with a Windows OS you can download virtual box from Oracle and launch another OS of your choice. And it is free too. The only issue with Windows as a host OS is the fact a virus scanner and/ or security software has to be purchased.
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Postby koolaid » Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:15 am

I realize this is weeks later, but if you just want to mess around with Linux distros and see if you like them, there are live CD's available that don't require installation or wiping out your existing OS.

You can also grab something like VirtualBox and install Linux to that, which will let you try out as many distros as you want and let you goof around without worrying about breaking anything.
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Postby miljet » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:12 pm

We dumped all Microsoft from our computers about seven years ago. Played around with lots of different distros over the years. Right now we are running Lubuntu on both computers.

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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby bmwrdr » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:36 pm

openSUSE 13.1 now and not a single issue. Even Skype works like a charm. Knock on wood and get ready for the next release. It seems like Libre Office is bug free too now.
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby Amonix » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:52 pm

We are big on Office / iPhone products are work. My understanding is we dumped Blackberry a few years ago. I can say I don't miss working at the bank and dealing with Lotus Notes and Domino Servers. I love my linux box and how stable I am able to make it with customization's. My previous employer we used Novell SuSe. I loved if for our offsite back up server. We ran that and RHEL for our PostGres SQL database servers. I tried like heck to get them off IIS though. Couldn't do it because the owner wanted a nice WYSIWYG to make the website.
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Postby bmwrdr » Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:58 am

A nice WYSYWIG? Look at Apache and all the modules written for it. There is no lack of features compared to IIS anymore.
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby bmwrdr » Sun Feb 02, 2014 10:33 pm

One more reason to stick with Linux. MS really pulls the plug on Windows XP now.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57618 ... ndows-8.1/
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby TomsTXCHL » Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:06 am

IMO Microsoft will do everything they can to scare people away from XP and into 8.1, but in truth they are running-out of Security holes to fill in XP, and in any case one can typically fill those holes with 3rd party protection e.g. Comodo or Kaspersky or what-have-you.

So unless you find a new program that you have to have that doesn't work properly with XP there's really no reason to panic and bail on it. I in fact have one PC that runs software that ONLY works on XP (will not function properly on any of Vista, W7, or 8.x), and that PC will remain in my stable for as long as I need/want to use that particular software.

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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby bmwrdr » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:50 am

Dito. I have one Windows 8.1 Laptop, transferred all my business apps I may need to it and turned it off. It took me a week to get everything working I had on running on XP.
But my main OS I'm using is Linux and I'd say 95% of my tools are running just fine. All it took was to restructure and those 5% missing are just REXX scripts I used with a special com application. Most important for me was to get the functionality of MS Excel but with Libre Office I have not missed a single feature so far.
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby Russell » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:05 pm

OpenOffice / LibreOffice really needs a makeover to get closer in functionality to the current MS Office offerings. It's fine for basic home users, but as you start getting into more advanced functionality, like even printing envelopes, it just breaks down. I had the fiance's family using it for a while and eventually just bought them a 3 license pack for Office 2010 for Christmas because they kept having so much trouble with things that "just work" in regular Office.
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby bmwrdr » Sat Mar 01, 2014 1:30 pm

Well, if you use Linux you won't be able to install it like on a Windows platform :-))
But envelope printing should not be an issue at all. I use Libre office version: 4.1.4.2
Build ID: 410m0(Build:2). Which one did you have problems with.
I do remember having issues with some printing formats but that was related to the printer setup and drivers.
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby Russell » Sat Mar 01, 2014 5:00 pm

This was a year or so ago, and it was OpenOffice on Windows. I had auto-update on for them. Just ranting a little bit about the frustration involved with it, that's all :)
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby bmwrdr » Sun Mar 02, 2014 7:51 pm

I understand that :-) Try following if you get a chance. In Windows 8.x, create 2 administrative users with a MS Skydrive account and than delete one. Let me know what you find out.
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