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Netbooks / Re: HP Netbook
« on: February 25, 2010, 06:08:42 pm »
If the program has a .exe extension...it is a Windows executable, and will NOT run in Linux

you need to install  software specifically written for Linux... usually done through the package manager ('Install Software' on your system)

MOST software is available in your package manager, and will be downloaded by the system automaticaly once you select it...no need to download it yourself.

What are you trying to load?
There is normally either a Linux version of the software you want, or an equivalent package that does the same thing.

Sometimes it is possible to get Windows programs running in Linux...see here:
http://forum.linux.co.uk/index.php/topic,82.0.html

BTW...even Linux software isn't installed by dragging to the search box, but if you let me know what you are trying to install, I'll try to talk you through finding a Linux alternative, and installing it.

and the 'Install Software' window IS YaST even if it doesn't say it anywhere :-)

18212
Netbooks / Re: HP Netbook
« on: February 25, 2010, 03:21:44 pm »
Do you mean Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED)?
How are you downloading the 'Software' as a file (.rpm .deb etc.) or through the package manager?
If I'm right and it is SLED...when you click 'Install Software' YaST2 will open...to install software:
1) select the search tab
2) type something in the search box (such as games, or browser etc.) and click search...you will be presented with a load of games/browsers to install.
3) right click on the box next to the 'package' you want to install, and select 'Install'
4) click 'Accept'
and the software will be installed...if you've downloaded a .rpm .deb or other type of file you will have to tell us which type, as it will need to be installed from the command line.

YaST2 should install any required updates at the same time.

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This is a real operating system, Linux is not Windows! You don't need to worry (certainly at the moment) about viruses and spyware!   :-)

This is 'one' of the reasons why people use Linux.

Unless you are using your box as a server, you "probably" don't need to worry about a firewall either if you are set up correctly. If you are in an office, then the office router should take care of this for you, if you are at home then you should be sat behind a NAT router, which on it's default settings should do everything you want with regards to home firewalling.

If you are using a "modem" (rather than a router) , throw it in the bin immediately and get a router. I've been using Thomson Speedtouch 546's for years (10?) at £23 a throw, they work well. and are relatively inexpensive for the job they do. (it will also make your connection AND PC quicker as it offloads a lot of work from your PC's CPU)

If you want to spend some more money for something a little prettier, I've just got a Belkin N1 vision which seems to work very well and includes wireless connectivity. (albeit a it's little more expensive)

If you want to "play", take a look at "firestarter" for a GUI based firewalling tool, or for a "proper" server based setup take a look at "firehol".

How to tell if you have a modem or a router:

If the connection from your ADSL device to your computer is "USB", rather than "RJ45" then either you have it plugged in "wrong" or it's a modem.

Further Information:
http://linuxmafia.com/~rick/faq/index.php?page=virus
and
http://www.techthrob.com/2009/03/02/do-i-need-an-antivirus-program-on-linux/

18214
[This is a previous posting from someone else, that I'll later respond to]

Hi all just started using Ubuntu 9.10 today and to be honest it's hard moving away from Windows but hey it's going well apart from finding anti-malware, anti-virus and firewalls online that can be installed could someone in very basic terms (as i'm not great with pc's) tell me how i can get them please.

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To find information such as the Distribution Name, Distribution Release Version, Release Notes, Distribution Codename and Distribution Description... Open a terminal and type:

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cat /etc/*-release
and hit enter.

Linux Mint 8 (helena) returns:

Quote
DISTRIB_ID=LinuxMint
DISTRIB_RELEASE=8
RELEASE_NOTES_URL=http://www.linuxmint.com/rel_helena.php
DISTRIB_CODENAME=helena
DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Linux Mint 8 Helena - Main Edition"


Other commands to try -

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cat /etc/issue
and/or
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cat /proc/version
and/or
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lsb_release -a

To find out which kernel you are using -

Open a terminal and enter:

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uname -a 
and hit enter (returns all information)
or
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uname -r
and hit enter (returns the kernel release)
or
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uname -v
and hit enter (returns the kernel version)
or
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uname -o
and hit enter (returns the operating system)

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[This is a previous posting from someone else, that I'll later respond to]

I'm unsure which distribution of Linux that's installed on my computer, how do I find out which version of linux it is beyond the GNU Linux info given? Or is that all there is to it.

18217
Frequently Asked Questions / Re: Can I run Windows programs in Linux
« on: February 19, 2010, 01:17:36 am »
Linux will be able to access the Windows partition, by mounting the partition in the file manager, at boot-up, or through the command line, but Windows will not be able to access the Linux partition without the installation of third party software.

There are a number of ways to run Windows programs on a Linux system.

1) Setup your PC as a dual-boot system with both Linux and Windows installed separately, but as you pointed out this means you decide which OS to load into as you boot your system, so it's one or the other.

2) Run your Windows stuff in WINE (Wine Is Not an Emulator), Cedega or Crossover Office.
Non of these will run ALL Windows programs and it can be a bit awkward to get the programs to work 'properly'...If at all...but when it works, it usually works well.
Please note: Cedega and Crossover Office are commercial products, and as such are not free, WINE is free, and it should be available in your package manager, there is also a package called 'PlayOnLinux' which greatly eases the installation of some Windows programs in WINE...The list of programs which work is growing all the time.

Related (option 2) Links:

WINE homepage -
http://www.winehq.org/

PlayOnLinux homepage -
http://www.playonlinux.com/en/

Cedega homepage -
http://www.cedega.com/

Crossover Office homepage -
http://www.codeweavers.com/

3) Use Virtualization to run Windows inside Linux (or vice-versa) as a Virtual Machine (VM) this has definite advantages over the other options, as (like option 1) it is 100% compatible with Windows programs as they 'ARE' running in windows, but there is no need to reboot to run the programs.
Please note: very rarely (these days) there may be some hardware issues...USB devices used to cause problems, but seems solved in most recent versions... DirectX can be an issue, so this may not be a "Windows Game" solution.
It has been reported by some that Windows can run quicker as a VM in Linux than it does natively, but only if your CPU supports 'Hardware Assisted Virtualization'.

Related (option 3) Links:

KVM (Kernel-based Virtual Machine) homepage -
http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/Main_Page

VMware homepage -
http://www.vmware.com/

VirtualBox homepage -
http://www.virtualbox.org/

Other Links:

Linux Alternatives to popular Windows Applications

18218
Frequently Asked Questions / Can I run Windows programs in Linux
« on: February 19, 2010, 12:18:56 am »
[This is a previous posting from someone else, that I'll later respond to]

I start from the position that I am not in any way a computer expert!  I have bought a new desktop that came with Windows XP Professional pre-loaded. I have successfully (I hope!)  downloaded the latest version of Ubuntu and installed it on my computer in a separate area.

My question is: Is it possible to have a short cut between Windows and Ubuntu and vice versa on the desktop or do I have to shut down the system and then choose Windows or Ubuntu when it restarts?  If the answer is other than 'no' please put it in simple English so that an aged pensioner can understand it!!

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First see if it is available in your package manager... Instructions (for Ubuntu) here:
http://linuxforums.org.uk/frequently-asked-questions/install-flashplayer-java-and-mp3-support-in-ubuntu/



If not download the relevant version here:

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

And follow the manual installation instructions here (or below):

http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/productinfo/instructions/

If there's a chance you can install it using your system's package manager, do so because it is the preferred method and will install it 'SYSTEM WIDE' for ALL users and ALL browsers.

If however it is not available in your package manager, and you are unsure of the correct file to download, get the .tar.gz version and follow these instructions to install:

1) extract the libflashplayer.so file from the .tar.gz file.
2) place the libflashplayer.so file in your 'home' directory.
3 Open a terminal, and enter the following commands
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mkdir ~/.mozilla/plugins/
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mv libflashplayer.so ~/.mozilla/plugins/
4) Restart firefox, the flash player plugin for firefox is now installed and should work.

To check it installed properly... Open firefox and visit this URL:
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about:plugins
Check if 'Shockwave Flash' exists and has libflashplayer.so listed under it.

Be Aware this will 'only' install the 'firefox' flash player plugin for the current user, if you have your system set up with multiple users you will have to do this for each users home directory.




18220
[This is a previous posting from someone else, that I'll later respond to]

I got a netbook/notebook for my Daughters xmas and can't access web pages wi'out having flash player. I have no clue whatsoever with the linux os so you will have to make it simple as possible!!! I can get it downloaded onto the comp but have no clue what to do with it once i've got it, also whatversion to download. There seem to be about 4 different ones, .tar.gz i think and others. All help greatfully appreciated Thanks in advance Thomas.

18221
Frequently Asked Questions / Re: Which Printer should I get for Linux
« on: February 18, 2010, 09:33:16 pm »
First of all, Even though Canon do provide Linux drivers for some of their printers they don't keep them up to date, so when a Linux update comes along that 'breaks' the printer drivers they are unlikely to provide updated ones.

This is why we recommend HP printers, and in particular these models:

HP Laserjet 1320 (B/W + Duplex)
HP Color LaserJet 1600 (Colour) [obviously]
Both of these work well with, and are easy to set up on Linux. (typically they will 'self-install')
 
If I can point you at the 1320, it may "look" expensive, but once you work out the cost per sheet, and the length of time it will last (mine is ~ 5 years old) buying one of these is WAY more cost effective than buying a cheap / nasty inket for £100 that will cost you a fortune in ink and wear out after a year.
.. AND it'll do double sided printing, AND it's quick!

Most HP printers are supported in Linux 'Out-of-the-box'
but check the URLs below first

Useful Links:

Canon drivers here -
http://www.canon-europe.com/Support/software/linux/

HP supported printers list, and drivers (if needed) here -
http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web/index.html

Epson printer drivers and info here -
http://avasys.jp/eng/linux_driver/download/
http://www.epsondevelopers.com/home/linux_printers

General printer compatibility here -
http://www.openprinting.org/printer_list.cgi

18222
Frequently Asked Questions / Which Printer should I get for Linux
« on: February 18, 2010, 09:19:48 pm »
[This is a previous posting from someone else, that I'll later respond to]

Hi All

I was advised to get a Canon printer to work with my recently acquired Linux System, Gloria. The drivers were found and installed and all was well for a while. However the printer decided to stop printing after a couple of days. It comes up with an Error message `Cups` missing filter. Some where along the line I have seen mentioned, that it requires `pstocanonij driver`. Can anyone tell me where to find the `missing bits` and how to install them?

18223
Frequently Asked Questions / Re: 3G Mobile Broadband Dongle
« on: February 18, 2010, 08:05:22 pm »
Instructions can be found here:
http://netbook-experience.com/2009/09/how-to-install-a-3g-dongle-with-mobile-broadband-on-the-linux-acer-aspire-one/

But you would be better off getting rid of Linpus Lite, and installing Ubuntu's Netbook Remix which can be found here:
http://www.ubuntu.com/GetUbuntu/download-netbook

Or see here for further information:
http://linuxforums.org.uk/linux-tips-tricks/setting-up-a-3g-dongle-from-the-ubuntu-network-manager/

18224
Frequently Asked Questions / 3G Mobile Broadband Dongle
« on: February 18, 2010, 07:54:37 pm »
[This is a previous posting from someone else, that I'll later respond to]

I've just bought a secondhand Acer Aspire ONE A110 and a neat little guy it is to.
I'm running this out of the box using 'Linpus Lite V.1.0.15.E' and I want to use the 3G slot for Internet access using three (3 moblie).

Do I have the right Linux OS to do this?

If so how?

If not, which one and how do I install it?

18225
News and Events / Re: Internet World 2010 - 27 to 29 April, Earls Court
« on: February 16, 2010, 09:33:43 pm »
I'm definitely interested in going, but will have to see if I can make time.
Meanwhile I've registered for free entry.

If anyone else is interested, you can register for free entry at:
http://www.internetworld.co.uk/page.cfm/Action=PreReg/PreRegID=1/t=m

I hope to see you all there.

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