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Trouble waiting to happen

#1 Postby uncle mark » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:55 pm

This is a post from a Usenet software related newsgroup I participate in:

I'd like some help with orientation about Linux, probably the Ubuntu flavor.

I'm tired of Windows, Microsoft's antics, and style over substance. I'm tired of losing solid days of work while struggling with Microsoft Word. On the other hand, people have written some pretty strong utilities for Windows, and I appreciate them. It'll be very hard to leave a few of them behind, especially the SlickRun launcher.

I need to be able to run my HP printers with HP's extensive driver controls. I need to be able to synchronize with my old Handspring palmtop computer that runs a certain old version of the Palm OS, synchronizing with its Windows "land" PIM. I want to be able to continue to use the ECCO personal information manager, whose development stopped with Windows 95. I want to be able to continue to use CDRW disks for backup work, but am realistic about having to dump the "conveniences" of using the Nero and/or Roxio packet-writing software that has enabled this functionality in Windows in the past My files and directories sometimes have long Windows filenames.

I've had some formal Unix training and was comfortable programming batch files in antique MS-DOS. My programming skills are at that level. And I'm almost ready to devote one computer for this.

Where can I go for helpful assistance?
Any other tips?


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Let's just say I did not suggest he look at MEPIS.
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Re: Trouble waiting to happen

#2 Postby JBoman » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:41 pm

Dunno Uncle M but hplip & data is installed and hplip-gui is available in the repos and for Palm-OS there is Pilot-Link and Pilot-Manager; that just leaves the ECCO PIM that he could surely be persuaded to use a Linux one. Go on and tell him... the worse that can happen is in a few years he could be wandering around his backyard in the dark in his skivvies chasing butterflies. :fallchair:
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Re: Trouble waiting to happen

#3 Postby Stevo » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:46 pm

Maybe ECCO will run in Wine? It costs nothing but a little time to try it out. There shouldn't be any problems with CD-RW support in k3b.
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Re: Trouble waiting to happen

#4 Postby uncle mark » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:31 pm

Sorry guys, but when someone's first shot out of the barrel is a requirement that his antique Windows peripherals and his antique Windows programs work in an operating system he knows absolutely nothing about, I'm steering clear. There are a lot of better candidates out there. This is the type that will waste your time, then give up and tell any and all that Linux is junk because it won't work with any of his hardware or software.
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Re: Trouble waiting to happen

#5 Postby megatotoro » Wed Aug 15, 2012 11:40 pm

I agree with you, Uncle Mark. I've met quite a few of that type. They are not looking for a different OS...they are looking for a mythical virus-free Windows.

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Re: Trouble waiting to happen

#6 Postby arjaybe » Thu Aug 16, 2012 12:23 am

To me, his "requirements" looked as if they were designed to prevent success.
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Re: Trouble waiting to happen

#7 Postby lucky9 » Thu Aug 16, 2012 1:29 am

Just tell 'em that it would be a real challenge for him. :bagoverhead:
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Re: Trouble waiting to happen

#8 Postby joany » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:57 am

uncle mark wrote:Let's just say I did not suggest he look at MEPIS.

Thank you!!

It seems this person got stuck somewhere in the '90s. My suggestion to him would be to upgrade his digital world before switching to Linux.
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Re: Trouble waiting to happen

#9 Postby fbt » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:19 am

Holding onto a program that hasn't been developed since W95 is a bit stuborn. See if you can export the data and then find something a little new and improved.

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Re: Trouble waiting to happen

#10 Postby uncle mark » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:36 am

joany wrote:
uncle mark wrote:Let's just say I did not suggest he look at MEPIS.

Thank you!!

It seems this person got stuck somewhere in the '90s. My suggestion to him would be to upgrade his digital world before switching to Linux.


This guy is turning out to be a nutbar. Now he's pontificating:
Thanks again. I guess that I'll be leaning toward a cross between comfort and universality at this point. Comfort means usability; universality means standards that are observed by a wide variety of software. I figure that my computers are new enough (9-11 years) to handle it.


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