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    Linux Ubuntu 10.10

    I participated in the Webinar by Peter Carruthers last night and in response to that I would like to try a few things.

    Anybody have a copy of the above software ?

    I shall pay for postage.

    I know I can download but is +- 800 Mb.!
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    Hi Martin

    I only have 10.04

    Am also experimenting with it, and did the following :

    assuming you have a decent PC ( dual core ) with 3gb ram ?

    Download and install VirtualBox (free) - allows you to have a virtual PC ( or many ) on your windows platform.

    I then installed Windows 98 on one virtual drive, Ubuntu on another, and a clean (from CD) copy of XP Pro on another.

    This lets you use another OS without having to re-boot the PC, and you can cross copy from one OS to another.
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    Hi martin. go to your local computer store/tech place(eg incredible connection), and pick up a PC format(January). you'll get the added enjoyment of a good tech magazine and ubuntu 10.10 32/64 bit. They're about to dissapear from the shelves so make a move soon.
    Cost of the mag will be 42 rand.
    http://www.pcformat.co.za/website_in_this_issue/
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    Quote Originally Posted by daveob View Post
    Hi Martin

    I only have 10.04

    Am also experimenting with it, and did the following :

    assuming you have a decent PC ( dual core ) with 3gb ram ?

    Download and install VirtualBox (free) - allows you to have a virtual PC ( or many ) on your windows platform.

    I then installed Windows 98 on one virtual drive, Ubuntu on another, and a clean (from CD) copy of XP Pro on another.

    This lets you use another OS without having to re-boot the PC, and you can cross copy from one OS to another.
    I am rushing of to Incredible Corruption to get a copy of the PC Format magazine that should have a copy of the 10.10 that i want.
    I want to run the setup upside down. First Ubuntu and the Virtual Box and then install Windows inside that. My thinking is as follows: If windows crashes on you then you are st**d. So by installing Ubuntu (which does NOT crash ) first and using all its browser and email facilities, one has very little possibility of virus and malware reaching your machine and then only use windows for e.g. Pastel and other programs that can only run on Win.
    Besides, according to Peter Carruthers it makes the PC lightning fast both in Linux and Win. ( Win does not have to access the HD all the time )
    I have googled a bit and although there are A/Virus software for Linux, it is not really required as, so far, no viri or malware in Linux.
    According to Peter even older PCs run very quickly on Linux and software is becoming more readily available for Linux.

    I think it is worth while to do a bit of experimenting. Do you know if one can install a DOS 6.3 as well ? Let me know how you are coming along.
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    I've heard that about Macs too. A friends mom was unpleasantly surprised when her information and a heck of a lot of her graphic design work said cheers.
    There are viruses for Linux, it's just that Linux isn't a targeted operating system like windows. As the number of Linux desktops increases, so will the number of viruses. The "no viruses on Linux" thought pattern has been around for ages, and I would sugest that you rather be safe than sorry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martinco View Post
    Do you know if one can install a DOS 6.3 as well ? Let me know how you are coming along.
    Found the following on the http://www.virtualbox.org/

    Presently, VirtualBox runs on Windows, Linux, Macintosh and OpenSolaris hosts and supports a large number of guest operating systems including but not limited to Windows (NT 4.0, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Vista, Windows 7), DOS/Windows 3.x, Linux (2.4 and 2.6), Solaris and OpenSolaris, and OpenBSD.

    I have used M$ VirtualPC ( bought it about 1 month before they made it free ) but VirtualBox is a lot more stable.
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    Martinco, i am on 10.10 but done as a upgrade. Really like it, so much faster. The first couple months are hard but it grows, only change to windows for my Photo shop as is doesnt do well there with large images.

    Bottom line is its really speacilised software that becomes a challenge (i think pastel is also) not sure as dont use it.

    The free stuff to use is really great. Open office works really well and opens all MS stuff..

    Wont be going back, hopefully the software guys catch on and Linux starts to become a standard OS soon
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    I also love Ubuntu. And I have had the VirtualBox thingy installed (both ways) ... though you only get about half your RAM & CPU power on the Guest OS (so don't get surprised if it runs slower than you'd expect). At present I've actually installed Ubuntu on my laptop with a dual boot to XP ... that means I have to reboot to switch, but both runs a lot faster than through VirtualBox - not to mention the 3D graphics on my Laptop's Radeon is now lightning fast (where it was pedestrian in the VB). It does mean however, that I need to have a shared partition between the 2 OS's where I have my data, and unfortunately XP can't open ext3/4 file systems so it needs to be NTFS. And then so I can actually work on emails while in XP I've got TB3 on XP pointing to the same data store as the TB3 in Ubuntu - causes some pains with filter rules, but otherwise works fine.

    The only reason I still have to have some form of paid-for M$ virus installed is due to AutoCAD / Revit / 3dStudio / Impressions. For PhotoShop I've crossed over to Gimp instead, for me it's not a problem (and my images are enormous: maximum = 300DPI A1 --> 9933 x 7016 pixels --> 69.7Mp --> 1.7GB BMP size, PSD 100-400MB, XCF 50-200MB, JPG 10 - 20MB, opens and edits fine with only 3GB RAM even on XP, but better on Ubuntu). The rest of my programs: OOo.org, Thunderbird, Firefox, all are native Linux ... so there's no hassles there.
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    Havnt been able to get my head around around Gimp! Not sure why, must confess i havnt tried that hard either. Maybe invest a few hours into it. It even opens PSD files so maybe just get my head right!

    Also a reboot to go to windows, but then only use it very seldom.. as little as possible
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    Ok, I have got my DVD from CNA but now sit with a problem. This DVD comes packed with all sorts of other software and even double sided !
    The PC I want to install on only has a CD.
    I have opened the DVD but nowhere can I see any file to copy to a CD that remotely resembles anything like "Linux" or "Ubuntu"
    When I insert the DVD into my office PC and autorun, it does show the applications.
    Any idea where to find the Ubuntu installation to copy to a CD ?
    Martin Coetzee
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