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Old March 13th @ 11:29 am   #1
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From: Phoenix AZ

Motorcycle: 02 Yamaha SportCruiser 1700
well.... sorta.... lol

After a recent motherboard crash, I decided to try something different with the new system.

So check this out.... openSuse.org. 100% FREE, and DAMN!!!! Look at all the FREE software that comes with it.... i mean you get a FULL office suite with it... Microsoft charges what... 400.00+ for MS Office? Plus what, another 200.00 for Vista? Games, Office Software, Server, graphics, multimedia, I mean you get a TON of stuff.

Ok, there is a down side.... I am use to Microsoft programs... in my business, I have become accustom to Photoshop. So far, I have been able to get some MS software to run on Suse but not all. This could be a challenge as most software companies only produce programs for MS. The Gimp, which is the Linux version of Photoshop is pretty cool, just not use to it. Then of course, I program in ASP so that is going to be a bit of a problem.... Guess I will keep a copy of windows 2000 on the laptop for that... IMO, windows 2000 was the last good OS MS put out. Been wanting to learn PHP so I guess this is a good opportunity.

Anyway, if you are looking to get away from under the control of microsoft, give this OS a try. So far, I really like it.... and nothing beats FREE

Just thought I'd share.... carry on

 
 
Old March 13th @ 11:46 am   #2
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From: Las Vegas/Summerlin

Motorcycle: 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa LE/2007 Suzuki GSXR600/2000 Honda CBR600F4
Linux is a great OS if you're not a gamer or if you don't need a lot of MS-specific software and the Open Office suite is decent. (as you've already discovered) You sound like a good candidate for a dual-boot system... or you can run a virtual machine (VM) on top of your Linux installation that will run Windows. I think XP Pro is superior to Win2K, but YMMV. Have fun!
 
 
Old March 13th @ 12:16 pm   #3
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From: Phoenix AZ

Motorcycle: 02 Yamaha SportCruiser 1700
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Originally Posted by vegaseric View Post
Linux is a great OS if you're not a gamer or if you don't need a lot of MS-specific software and the Open Office suite is decent. (as you've already discovered) You sound like a good candidate for a dual-boot system... or you can run a virtual machine (VM) on top of your Linux installation that will run Windows. I think XP Pro is superior to Win2K, but YMMV. Have fun!
VM? Where is that? I would like to try it.

Yeah, I was thinking about the dual boot, but..... that is a pain to have to reboot when I need something from the other OS. I think running the laptop on the net will be good for now.

XP Pro is ok, at least it has a server. I have home on my laptop and hate it. I have installed my copy of XP Pro too many times so I can no longer get it activated. Nothing like paying for an OS sand not be able to use it. I guess that is my biggest issue with XP. I mean they make you feel like a thief even though you paid... NICE huh?

If you don't mind me asking... Can you get dual monitors working with openSuse? I can get them with Linux Server 10.1 and Linux Pro 9.2, but not openSuse 10.3....

I downloaded all the proper drivers, I have a Radeon AGP and an NVIDIA PCI..... When I did have both working before the driver update (with 10.1), I was not able to start the 3d accelerator, even though both cards have the ability (the reason forthe driver update). There seems to be a problem with the NVIDIA drivers I believe... that is the card that has the issues when rebooting.....

Any advice would be appreciated

we can PM this if inappropriate for the forum. no worries if not... I don't wanna be a pest with a ton of questions... LOL
 
 
Old March 13th @ 01:07 pm   #4
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From: Las Vegas/Summerlin

Motorcycle: 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa LE/2007 Suzuki GSXR600/2000 Honda CBR600F4
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Originally Posted by Broc Lee View Post
VM? Where is that? I would like to try it.

Yeah, I was thinking about the dual boot, but..... that is a pain to have to reboot when I need something from the other OS. I think running the laptop on the net will be good for now.

XP Pro is ok, at least it has a server. I have home on my laptop and hate it. I have installed my copy of XP Pro too many times so I can no longer get it activated. Nothing like paying for an OS sand not be able to use it. I guess that is my biggest issue with XP. I mean they make you feel like a thief even though you paid... NICE huh?

If you don't mind me asking... Can you get dual monitors working with openSuse? I can get them with Linux Server 10.1 and Linux Pro 9.2, but not openSuse 10.3....

I downloaded all the proper drivers, I have a Radeon AGP and an NVIDIA PCI..... When I did have both working before the driver update (with 10.1), I was not able to start the 3d accelerator, even though both cards have the ability (the reason forthe driver update). There seems to be a problem with the NVIDIA drivers I believe... that is the card that has the issues when rebooting.....

Any advice would be appreciated

we can PM this if inappropriate for the forum. no worries if not... I don't wanna be a pest with a ton of questions... LOL
Yea... Microsoft really hosed things up with there whole software "activation" scheme.

Here's where you can download a trial of VMware. It allows you to run another OS on top of your Linux (or Windows) installation. It's a great tool.
http://www.vmware.com/download/ws/

I'm not sure about the dual monitors with SuSe... but I'll check with our resident Linux geek here at the j-o-b. I administer a few Oracle applications and databases running on SuSe and Red Hat, but I'm mainly a Microsoft guy. (SQL Server)
 
 
Old March 13th @ 01:17 pm   #5
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From: Phoenix AZ

Motorcycle: 02 Yamaha SportCruiser 1700
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Originally Posted by vegaseric View Post
Yea... Microsoft really hosed things up with there whole software "activation" scheme.

Here's where you can download a trial of VMware. It allows you to run another OS on top of your Linux (or Windows) installation. It's a great tool.
http://www.vmware.com/download/ws/

I'm not sure about the dual monitors with SuSe... but I'll check with our resident Linux geek here at the j-o-b. I administer a few Oracle applications and databases running on SuSe and Red Hat, but I'm mainly a Microsoft guy. (SQL Server)
Thanks Man... much appreciated

Yeah, I know what you mean, I have been a MS person too.... ever since I built my 1st computer that was about 18 years ago..... had a 30 meg hard drive, dos screen and then the 1st windows...... top of the line.... at the time that is... LOL. Thought about a Mac but never wanted to pay that price and then have to buy all new software. I am loving these patches that allow these programs on other systems, I feel less trapped now.

Gonna go get that demo now.... thanks again.
 
 
Old March 13th @ 01:24 pm   #6
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From: Tatooine

Motorcycle: a jet
all 5 of my servers run FreeBSD. I like it so much I'm about to setup a FreeBSD box here at the house.
 
 
Old March 13th @ 01:44 pm   #7
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From: Phoenix AZ

Motorcycle: 02 Yamaha SportCruiser 1700
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all 5 of my servers run FreeBSD. I like it so much I'm about to setup a FreeBSD box here at the house.
I've heard of that..... good huh? Is it a freebie too? If so, I may check that out too. :)
 
 
Old March 14th @ 09:53 am   #8
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From: Phoenix AZ

Motorcycle: 02 Yamaha SportCruiser 1700
Hey Eric... Thanks man!!! That program, VMWare, is AWESOME!!!!!! I tried it on my laptop, installed Suse on a VM and it works GREAT.

Only question is, I wonder what will happen if I install Windows on my linux box..... The HD's are formatted for linux, and windows 2k needs NTFS. It asks for a format and I stopped as I don't wanna have to reinstall the OS if it messes up.

I am gonna have to contact them on this... I have 30 days of free tech support..... Shoot, I never looked to see the price of this.... I just downloaded the trial(s)... watch, this will be a 300.00 program... LOL. But if so, it would be worth it.... it really is that cool.

Thanks again man.... I owe you one.

(edited)

Last edited by Broc Lee; March 14th at 10:02 am.
 
 
Old March 14th @ 09:56 am   #9
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From: Tatooine

Motorcycle: a jet
Actually, Eric is the one that suggested vmware.
 
 
Old March 14th @ 09:59 am   #10
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From: Phoenix AZ

Motorcycle: 02 Yamaha SportCruiser 1700
WT hell was I thinking..... Ooops.

Coffee not kicking in yet..... LOL

Eric......

Thanks man, That program is AWESOME.... LOL.

For some reason I kept thinking it was you... shoulda re-read the post....

Open Mouth, insert foot.... swallow! LOL

Eric, I owe you one! Thanks man!!!!
 
 

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