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Old 03-29-08, 09:46 AM   #1
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Just installed Ubuntu 7.10

Wow, what a simple and quick install. I thought I'd then have to download firefox and openOffice etc, but no, it's all there, and it's great (well I've only used it for 10 mins).

It's installed on a P4 2.0GHz 1GB RAM box.

The reason is I was looking at getting a Mac, but figured I better give Ubuntu a shot before I spend all those $$$ so we'll see how I feel for the time being.
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Old 03-29-08, 10:39 AM   #2
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It really is an all inclusive straight outta the box OS. If you dont ahve much to add to it I am sure you will like it. The programs included really cover quite a broad spectrum of usage. If you like the Ubuntu you might also try Mint as well.
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Old 03-29-08, 12:01 PM   #3
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I switched to Ubuntu too. After a getting used to it period, I find myself infinitely more happy using Ubuntu than Windows. I also love the freedom it affords me to reinstall any time, no fear of being labeled a thief because you installed a sound card and Windows needs to ask permission from Redmond to keep running.

And some of your Windows programs may still work in Ubuntu if you install a program called Wine. I have Photoshop 7 running as well as a few others I still need for now. But each year, more and more freedom loving software comes out that can replace the proprietary ones. So don't give up hope if you run into a road block. There are a lot of Ubuntu users who can help you. The Ubuntu forums are very helpful and informative too.
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Old 03-29-08, 12:03 PM   #4
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I'm using Ubuntu 7.10 on my laptop and 6.06 on my home server.

I like it so far.
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I love me some Ubuntu. I have been running most versions for the past 4 years on almost every home computer.
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Old 03-29-08, 02:28 PM   #6
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I switched to Ubuntu too. After a getting used to it period, I find myself infinitely more happy using Ubuntu than Windows. I also love the freedom it affords me to reinstall any time, no fear of being labeled a thief because you installed a sound card and Windows needs to ask permission from Redmond to keep running.

And some of your Windows programs may still work in Ubuntu if you install a program called Wine. I have Photoshop 7 running as well as a few others I still need for now. But each year, more and more freedom loving software comes out that can replace the proprietary ones. So don't give up hope if you run into a road block. There are a lot of Ubuntu users who can help you. The Ubuntu forums are very helpful and informative too.
If you could point me to a tutorial on how to get PS working in Wine I'd really appreciate it. I couldn't get it to work and last time I checked it didn't look like it was supported. Does it work fluently for you?

Any way OP welcome to Linux. I'd been using Debian for servers for a long time and when Ubuntu came out I was excited to see a desk top OS on top of Debian (so to speak).
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thanks for posting; I'd like to try this too at some point (if we buy a new PC)
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Ubuntu 8.04 is out in Beta. Works fine. Dump 7.1 and learn to use 8.04 as long as you're just getting started.
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Check your version of wine
You will need wine version .9.52 or greater. The current version is .9.58. You can check the version if you already have wine installed by going to the terminal (applications - accessories - terminal) and running this command:
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wine --version
If you need an older (or newer) version of wine, you can get them from here:
http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/archive/index.html

If you want to uninstall the currently installed version of wine (for example to install a new version), use synaptic to remove it. Then double click the wine deb you downloaded to install that version. Once your version of wine is installed, run the configuration from the terminal:
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winecfg
You don't have to change any settings. You can accept the defaults and close it after it pops up.

Installing Photoshop
In order to install Photoshop 7 or lower (PSCS2 may now work also), load the CD and right click on the setup.exe program and run with wine. Or use the terminal:
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wine /media/cdrom0/Photoshop/Setup.exe
Create a launcher
If a launcher is not made (it should) and you have to make one yourself, right click where you want the launcher, select "create launcher"
  1. Type in a descriptive name (e.g.Photoshop)
  2. Type in the command (e.g. wine "c:\program files\adobe\Photoshop 7.0\Photoshop.exe")
  3. Add a comment if desired (e.g. Edit photos)
  4. Click on the button that edits the icon. choose a generic icon or navigate to one you have saved already.
Using the windows path to run the program works best rather than using the linux path to the program. Using the linux path in the past has killed the ability to "Save for web" in Photoshop. So stick with the windows path for now.

And that's it, you should be able to run Photoshop 7 or lower and possibly Photoshop CS2.

And a side note about trying Ubuntu, if you download the "desktop CD" (live CD), you can boot the computer with the CD and give it a test drive without it making any changes to the computer. Just remember that it is running off the CD, so load times will not be as fast, but once in memory, things should be snappy.

The beta version of the next release can be downloaded here:
http://releases.ubuntu.com/releases/8.04/

torrent links at the bottom of the page for those who have torrent software, otherwise use the links at the top.
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I'm glad you're enjoying it. I'm using Debian on this computer, which is off of what Ubuntu is based. I just need to get my zboard working correctly and map my extra mouse buttons.
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^ how do i do that? My other buttons worked in 7.1, but not in 8.04...or at least not yet.
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I deinstalled ubuntu 7.10 in favor of fedora 8.

1. compiz didn't work
2. natulis didn't work.
3. it shutdown network interfaces before umount smbfs's.
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^ how do i do that? My other buttons worked in 7.1, but not in 8.04...or at least not yet.
run xev to see how it maps the mouse buttons. I have the microsoft mouse, so I just make sure it uses the right protocol. It seems to work with the wheel, but I can't get the side buttons working correctly. I just haven't messed with it. Yeah, X-windows still has a few annoyances and things to tweak, but I notice a huge drop in performance going from the Linux side to the Windows side.
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thanks...i need to figure this out...
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I should install Ubuntu on one of my comps just to try it out. I've been using RedHat for a long time now (Since 1994 or so) and it works for everything I need it to serverside, including autodownload of updates. I can set, secure, and pretty much forget, other than checking out the nightly and weekly audit reports that get mailed to my Exchange server.
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I never liked the feel of Red Hat / Fedora or Suse...or Mandriva for that matter.

I have to admit that my first distro was Xubuntu back before it was an official branch. Debian-based distros just make sense to me and that is probably why. I play around with other distros but I always end up back with Ubuntu.

I've said this before, that I like PCLOS and Mepis, but I hate KDE and they have no official Gnome branches.

I am fond of Slackware based distros and I'm going to try Arch Linux at work this week.
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