[CLUG-chat] Linux support in CTN

Andre Truter (Dimension Data) Andre.Truter at za.didata.com
Thu Aug 23 17:03:18 SAST 2001

Hi All,

Just to add my 1 cents too...

I agree with Dale and I use RedHat 7.1 on anything that has a processor and
hard disk.  (i have not gotten around to trying out other distributions -
not enough hours in the day)
I also use Ximian 1.4, Mozilla and StarOffice and I enjoy it!

Unfortunately I have to use Windoze at work for Outlook and Office2000 (In a
large organization you have to abide by some rules).  I run Windoze under

Whenever I can I use StarOffice for documentation.

I think you have to approach Linux with the correct attitude.
You should understand that Linux comes from a sever-focussed environment and
is now moving into the desktop arena.  It has NOT been developed as a
desktop solution or a games platform.
You should also take into account that most applications are developed in
people's free time.

I think you should not view Linux as a replacement for Windows in the sense
that you can replace your windows box and still expect to do the same.
You can do SIMILAR things with Linux.  When you move to Linux you also need
to move your outlook on life - move to a better outlook.  :-)

It is like trading in your Mercedes SLK for a Ferrari. -- Similar, but not
the same.

I really enjoy Linux, but then I am someone who like to fiddle with things
and try out new things - I am also aware of the risk of fiddeling and trying
out new stuff, but Linux take a lot of that risk away.  If I had to do some
of the things on Windows that I do on Linux, I would be re-installing half
of the time.
( Well, I did do it before I started using Linux )



-----Original Message-----
From: clug-chat-admin at clug.org.za [mailto:clug-chat-admin at clug.org.za]On
Behalf Of Dale Gallagher
Sent: Thursday, 23 August, 2001 13:30
To: clug-chat at clug.org.za
Subject: Re: [CLUG-chat] Linux support in CTN

Hi Hylton

> until I can personally say that Linux is a worthy adversary to Windows.
> do what Windows does but provide additional GPL tools. When I can prove
> that my Linux is better than Windows then I will move my Netscape folders
> and files across.

Sounds like you've experienced a combination of a "Nutscrape" portability
issue, with a sprinkle of support blues.  It's a real pitty ... you appear
to be blaming this incident on GNU/Linux too?  Here's my penny's worth ...

I would suggest you do the following ...

Install either Redhat 7.1, Slackware 8.0 (if you don't mind a text based
installation and minor hacking around in config files), or SuSE 7.2.  I've
never used Mandrake, so I cannot comment.  Download Ximian GNOME 1.4
(http://www.ximian.com) or get it from someone on CLUG, for your X desktop
and use Ximian's "Red Carpet" updater to download the latest patches for
your Linux distro and Ximian desktop and find a more stable mail client
than Netscape ... such as Balsa (http://www.balsa.net) or Ximian's
Evolution (First stable release is around the corner), or even Mozilla
Mail.  Then whack on Star Office 5.2 for your office apps :-)

The above combination should change your mind very quickly, together with a
small dose of perseverance.  Hell ... my Mom has been happily using Linux
for over a year now without a problem and she isn't very computer literate

I personally use the following and seamlessly communicate and share
documents with M$ users.
NOTEBOOK: RedHat 7.1 (kernel 2.4.2), Ximian GNOME 1.4 desktop + updates +
Mozilla Browser, Balsa email client + Star Office
SERVER INSTALLATIONS: Slackware 8.0 (kernel 2.4.5), RedHat 7.1 (2.4.5) and
FreeBSD 4.2

good luck!


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