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View Poll Results: What is stopping people from trying linux?
Reputation for being to difficult to use and set up 10 66.67%
Software availability and development 8 53.33%
Hardware support 4 26.67%
I love Windows and want to make Bill Gates richer 0 0%
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Old 13. Aug 2009, 07:19 PM   #91 (permalink)
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Not sure what Mobile Broadband coverage is like in Brazil? However, with my mobile b/b here in UK I just plugged the 'dongle' into my laptop in Linux Mint and it presented me with a 2 click GUI & worked 'out of the box'. It loads quicker in Mint than when I use it in Vista.

Just a thought ....

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http://www.three.co.uk/Mobile_Broadb...rage_and_speed
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Old 14. Aug 2009, 01:30 AM   #92 (permalink)
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Thanks for that. What I've decided to do is download the latest PCLinuxOS, make a dual boot with my Windows and play around with it myself.

The main issue with this modem is setting up the ancillary "wireless manager" software which goes with it. First this thing activates the radio then hunts for an HSDPA signal. If one's not available then it will connect to Edge instead. The "activate radio" and "connect" operations are both manual events and this is where the scripting is necessary. I'll see how I get on. Once I get it loaded into the machine I might even be able to persuade one of the local Ubuntu fan boys to have a look at it
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Old 14. Aug 2009, 04:40 AM   #93 (permalink)
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I hope it works out for you, I to am going to try to find a local Linux User Group (LUG) 'cos - as you say - fact to face help is always useful, much easier to work through what you want to do.

Have fun ... !!!
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Old 21. Sep 2009, 02:15 PM   #94 (permalink)
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Here's something interesting. Using Linux for the wrong reasons.

The article says that Windows users want to change to Linux because they are tired of security issues but in reality, it's the user's error (careless mistakes, no precautions, neglecting security and etc). That's one of the wrong reasons to change to Linux. The article also discuss the correct reasons for changing to Linux.

Warning: That article is more of a rant than an actual article and what you read there *might* surprise you. Still, it's quite an interesting article.
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Old 21. Sep 2009, 04:22 PM   #95 (permalink)
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Here's something interesting. Using Linux for the wrong reasons.
I agree, an interesting and well written article.

I also thought this article he's written about safe web practices (linked from that page) was also very good.
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I liked it too. Just a pity someone didn't edit out the typos before it got published

There is actually some very good content in there. I for one get fed up of reading things like "my firewall didn't protect me!" on the various forums every day. Why is it that human nature finds it so difficult to accept responsibility?
On the other hand there's nothing wrong with changing to Linux just to save the aggravation of having to manage Windows security. This is why folks choose to buy an electric can opener instead of using a manual one
It's freedom of choice, and not necessarily being "lazy". This is what sets us apart from animals. I'm not saying this makes us better, in most categories it doesn't - just different.
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Old 19. Nov 2009, 10:38 PM   #97 (permalink)
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Talking why i and most users of windows dont use linux

the drawback imo, many versions of linux is out there you can google and come up with many that people say are good for first time users of linux.

why so many? i know its open source ppl can change and modify it and say its better. even deeper than that its all the extra programs to just make a software work on linux, wine, dosbox, another that i had to use for sound device. i hate running other programs just to get one to work.

wine didnt support most of the software that i was trying to use at the time i did give it a try. even if a game or whatever installed the sound may not work, or needed a driver. (more digging)

these programs were free to download each, a lone dowload alot of digging into the many forums just to try and get it to work as well as windows and i mean even the crapiest version of windows. what i mean by that is even that crap version of windows knew what to do with the software to make it work, you put the disk in and install and it works. linux you dig and see if it can be used with linux and pray to GOD that sombody smarter than you has tried the same thing.

what about when they come out with new software that i want to use and "say" linux wont run it because somone smarter than me or even most users out there hasnt made or updated something that makes it work.

they "as in linux software developers" should get together with all the different 3rd party sofware makers that make those programs that linux users have to use just to make it work with windows programs and build it into not package with linux.

i as a windows user knows when i put the disk in to install a program, i know windows knows what to do with it to make it work then when done i am going to be able to use it.

until linux developers make a smooth install smooth running without having to run to many programs like dosbox "and i do know there may not be a way around dosbox because linux is not windows" anyways you get what im saying. i feel until they "linux developers" tackle this problem they are just pissing in the wind. i cant wait until they do i did like what did work in linux when i tried it and i know allot of work and countless hours went into it to get it that far but its not there enough yet. i am not scared of leaving windows but im not going to another os just to dig and poke just to make it work with my software!! and please if i am wrong! PLEASE post where and what version of linux does this as it has been a couple years since i tried linux and gave up!!!!

i tried ubuntu btw
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Old 20. Nov 2009, 12:48 AM   #98 (permalink)
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until linux developers make a smooth install smooth running without having to run to many programs like dosbox "and i do know there may not be a way around dosbox because linux is not windows" anyways you get what im saying. i feel until they "linux developers" tackle this problem they are just pissing in the wind. i cant wait until they do i did like what did work in linux when i tried it and i know allot of work and countless hours went into it to get it that far but its not there enough yet. i am not scared of leaving windows but im not going to another os just to dig and poke just to make it work with my software!! and please if i am wrong! PLEASE post where and what version of linux does this as it has been a couple years since i tried linux and gave up!!!!
Welcome to the best and the worst of linux. I currently use simply mepis. (It just works for me) Most people prefer Ubuntu. It really comes down to your personal preference and what works best with your hardware. there are a couple of websites that may help. You can try: http://www.zegeniestudios.net/ldc/in...firsttime=true

I suggest you use the results as a guide and not as a absolute.

Another helpful resource for finding a suitable distro can be found at DistoWatch
Here can be found info on most linux distro's. You will also find the top ten linux distro's. This does not mean that any of the top ten will work best for you. With each distro review you will see alternate suggestions as well as independent reviews.

What I have found key while traveling down the long winding road of linux is hardware compatibility. Its hard to go further without solving that problem out of the box. For people new to linux this can be a show stopper.
Simply Mepis found all my hardware and gave me a linux distro I could actually use. I am sorry to say the same results may not be the same for you. And there lies the rub. You may have to try several distros before finding one that just works for you.

As far as Wine and DosBox goes. Wine's website has a list of windows software that is supposed to work. Dosbox has worked very well for me getting my old games to play in linux. Success may depend on on how well the drivers match up to what you have on your machine.

If you can get past this hurdle you will find many great things linux has to offer and many things to learn as well. I describe it as a process which takes time and on the job training.
I hopes this helps.

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