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a few months ago I installed SuSE Linux 9.0 on my Dell OptiplexGX1. I found that I wasn't able to install any winXP compatible software onto it. Either I'm doing something wrong or Linux isn't compatible with winXP software. If it is, please tell me the proper way to install software on linux.

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Linux is a different operating system... meaning it runs programmes written for it, not written for Windows. You can try wine to run some Windows programmes, but it only works well for a few.

Why would you expect it to run Windows software? :?
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How is linux so popular then if it's only compatible with Linux compatible software?

Wait, so I can't put like Photoshop 7 on my linux comp?
So, you can't really do much with linux then...

What's linux then used for?
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the linux community is huge, open-source software has been written for practically everything you could think of, the linux equivalent of photoshop is 'the gimp' (GNU image manipulation program) In my opinion it's better than ps, but of course everybody has their own preference..

if you go to say sourceforget.net, you should be able to find prety much any software you need.
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Erm, I use it as my desktop... There is quite a lot of software written for alternative operating systems, you know. All the Mozilla products run on Linux. The Gimp was designed for Linux, and has since been ported to Windows. Opera runs on Linux.

You can play music, browse the internet, play videos, recieve emails, write documents, basically, apart from games which often aren't ported, I can do anything on my Linux desktop that you can do on your Windows desktop, and all for free, at that. Legally.

Oh yeah, and Windows software won't run on a Mac either, but people still use them...
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so, lemme get this straight:
just about everything you need for linux is f r e e?

other than sourceforge.net, are there any other sites that offer linux programs?
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by the way, what do you guys recommend i get for doing all the routine stuff, like music, movies, email client...etc.
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I think this site can help you... http://www.linux.org/ :wink:
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music: xmms
movies: mplayer
web: firefox
email: thunderbird
irc: irssi/xchat
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thanks guys
just wondering, whats irc, i keep hearing about it, but im too lazy to find out what it is
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midgetsy wrote:
How is linux so popular then if it's only compatible with Linux compatible software?

Wait, so I can't put like Photoshop 7 on my linux comp?
So, you can't really do much with linux then...

What's linux then used for?


unfourtenatly this is why so many peeps still don't use Linux
because they think that there is only one brwsr or one e-mail program or one video player

luckly there are always ppl willing to promote Linux :D
go tux !:)

btw if you choose to use linux, wich i hope you will try, you can always go here to ask or look for already asked questions

look here

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gotcha, ill b a linux newb...wouldnt it be cool if they have counter strike for linux?
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there are ways u can play CS on linux
i haven't had much luck with it, but it's possible if one is willing.
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how?
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Actually, you can emulate via wineX.

I know of two guys who made IE to run under wine (dont ask me why anyone wants to use IE instead of FF, but i have no clue).

Some game-gurus are quite good at making win games run under linux too.

Anyway, for coding ... if you are doing a lot of string stuff, be it string manipulation, coding writing etc.., i recommend Linux as OS. It goes A LOT faster than doing something under Windows, and i dare to say that i am very sure of this.

As for the programs listed above, i completely agree...
mplayer (RULES!!!), xmms is ok though it could be better (it just wanted too much to be a winamp 2.91 clone that its making it worse, it could be a lot better) ... firefox beats every other current browser at the moment by EDGES especially with the extensions. ... for chat i use xchat but bitchX is also ok... for desktop managers i personally favour ROX, but from the big ones KDE vs Gnome i find KDE more usable, but Gnome better designed (the icons etc.. everything looks rounder and more native).

But then again i am no big fan of Desktop UI.
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shevegen wrote:
I know of two guys who made IE to run under wine (dont ask me why anyone wants to use IE instead of FF, but i have no clue).

Web design, mainly. Just to see how badly IE knackers your standards compliant site. :roll:

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