[ILUG] Using Linux instead of Windows
kae at verens.com
Thu Apr 14 13:29:12 IST 2005
On Thursday 14 April 2005 12:48, Garrett O' Leary wrote:
> Dear Linux users group,
> Notwithstanding Antivirus software and Antispyware, I am broken hearted
> from pop ups and spam. I run windows xp on my PC and my laptop. The PC
> has almost ground to a halt because of variious spyware infections which I
> cannot seem to shift. I use MS Outlook for one mail address but I also use
> a web based MS Outlook.
> I have had some success changing to Mozilla Firefox for general browsing
> but the web based outlook doesn't handle well in Mozilla so I am still
> stuck with Internet Explorer.
> For work reasons I must use and share MS Office files and Adobe PDF files.
> I also need to use jpeg and gif files and of course I use real player to
> play Mp3 files.
OpenOffice handles MS formats reasonably well, and can export them to PDF
(which MS Office can't do).
There are a few PDF viewers in Linux. If you install a standard KDE desktop,
then KPDF will be available immediately for you.
> Finally, I use a 16 bit application that is connected to a modem on a com
> port. This is a critical application.
> I really dislike windows and would love to change Operating Systems on both
> my laptop and desktop if I could manage it. What course of action do you
> recommend? Will Linux solve my problems and will I be able to run Ms Office
> applications by installing an emulator of some sort?
You may either use Wine (which is a Windows compatibility layer), or dual-boot
You can run IE6 through Wine, which may be a solution for your Outlook
But, why use Outlook at all? Can you not use a different email solution?
Linux comes with a few ready-installed. Evolution is fairly popular, as is
Kontact (which I use), and Mozilla's Thunderbird is also very good.
I would recommend dual-booting the machine, until you are sure you are able to
carry out all of your work through Linux.
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