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    Default need help/sugestions for switching to opensuse 13.1 from win7

    Not sure if this is the right thread for this, so Modes fell free to move it into appropriate place as needed.

    I am not looking so much for technical help in here as this is a to general post for that. what I need is pointers to needed apps and tools, websites for me to accomplish my goal.

    here is some background of what is going on:

    I have been playing with OpenSuse 13.1 for the last 8+ month.
    I have setup a file/VM server for my home LAN based on OpenSuse 13.1 LXDE.
    I have installed OS 13.1 on my laptop (this is still in progress as have run into some incompatibility issues with my WiFi and video card)

    but my main desktop running windows 7 have been on the fritz for several month or so, and my recovery disk does not work.

    I have been toying with the idea of moving to Linux for some time but could not justify it as any distros I tried was not up to snuff.
    now I want to try again.

    the requirements are:

    First and foremost look and feel as much as win7 as possible. if you know any place I can get some wallpaper/desktop theam please point me to it.
    any changes I need to do for it to work similar as win7 please sugest.

    reason being I share this PC with Wife/in-laws
    they are windows only so want to make it as easy for them as possible.

    main use of this by all parties involved is Internet/E-Mail/Skype

    Wife needs MS Office support (which I believe can be met with LibreOffice)

    my needs are a bit more extensive as I also need some DVD/CD ripping soft, .Net dev and Network tools.

    any pointers, suggestions are welcome.

    thanks.

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    Default Re: need help/sugestions for switching to opensuse 13.1 from win7

    Quote Originally Posted by vl1969 View Post
    Not sure if this is the right thread for this, so Modes fell free to move it into appropriate place as needed.

    I am not looking so much for technical help in here as this is a to general post for that. what I need is pointers to needed apps and tools, websites for me to accomplish my goal.

    here is some background of what is going on:

    I have been playing with OpenSuse 13.1 for the last 8+ month.
    I have setup a file/VM server for my home LAN based on OpenSuse 13.1 LXDE.
    I have installed OS 13.1 on my laptop (this is still in progress as have run into some incompatibility issues with my WiFi and video card)

    but my main desktop running windows 7 have been on the fritz for several month or so, and my recovery disk does not work.

    I have been toying with the idea of moving to Linux for some time but could not justify it as any distros I tried was not up to snuff.
    now I want to try again.

    the requirements are:

    First and foremost look and feel as much as win7 as possible. if you know any place I can get some wallpaper/desktop theam please point me to it.
    any changes I need to do for it to work similar as win7 please sugest.

    reason being I share this PC with Wife/in-laws
    they are windows only so want to make it as easy for them as possible.

    main use of this by all parties involved is Internet/E-Mail/Skype

    Wife needs MS Office support (which I believe can be met with LibreOffice)

    my needs are a bit more extensive as I also need some DVD/CD ripping soft, .Net dev and Network tools.

    any pointers, suggestions are welcome.

    thanks.
    From my point of view you alredy done it. ".Net dev" someone else will answer on. Not my game.

    Good luck

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    Default Re: need help/sugestions for switching to opensuse 13.1 from win7

    well truth be told I did load OS13.1 on my main PC last night.
    it is on an old laptop HDD just on trial basis so far, my beat-up and tired win7 is still on the original HDD nice and safe.

    my main concern is that the whole experience is not very smooth and worry free.
    I still have issues with network connectivity, mainly with connecting to other machines and my file server(s) (I am running an unRaid server and my new File/VM server side by side) and where with windows it was easy to see the network and all the stuff on it and to connect to them, with Linux it's proving to be a challenge. as I simply do not see the servers anywhere in the GUI. if I type the IP in dolphin I get the shares, but I need a GUI so wife can connect and use the Fs. so it's not simple and so far I am not sure what to do next. hence this post. I am surfing the net for HoTos and such but so far nothing very help-full came up.

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    Default Re: need help/sugestions for switching to opensuse 13.1 from win7

    Connect to the server
    Drag the small folder in the address bar of dolphin to the places section on the left side of dolphin
    You can rename it if necessary to make it obvious what it is
    Then it's just click and connect
    I have 6 different such folders in my Dolphin
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    Default Re: need help/sugestions for switching to opensuse 13.1 from win7

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Connect to the server
    Drag the small folder in the address bar of dolphin to the places section on the left side of dolphin
    You can rename it if necessary to make it obvious what it is
    Then it's just click and connect
    I have 6 different such folders in my Dolphin
    If there are Samba shares you need to enable/open the Samba client in the firewall of openSUSE
    And enable Samba in the services
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    Default Re: need help/sugestions for switching to opensuse 13.1 from win7

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    If there are Samba shares you need to enable/open the Samba client in the firewall of openSUSE
    And enable Samba in the services
    you know what, that might be it. they are Samba shares as it was designed as windows network and my HTPC is still on windows.
    I will try that.

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    Default Re: need help/sugestions for switching to opensuse 13.1 from win7

    Quote Originally Posted by vl1969 View Post
    the requirements are:

    First and foremost look and feel as much as win7 as possible. if you know any place I can get some wallpaper/desktop theam please point me to it.
    any changes I need to do for it to work similar as win7 please sugest.
    If you dual boot, you can point to whatever wallpaper you have on Windows and have it display on Linux. Alternatively, save your Windows wallpaper to use on Linux.

    Quote Originally Posted by vl1969 View Post
    reason being I share this PC with Wife/in-laws
    they are windows only so want to make it as easy for them as possible.
    Xfce is probably the easiest to make Windows like (but see below)

    Quote Originally Posted by vl1969 View Post
    main use of this by all parties involved is Internet/E-Mail/Skype
    You have a choice of browsers, none of which are like Internet Explorer. In theory you should be able to use Thunderbird but I found it easier to install Kontact which imported the Outlook emails flawlessly (see notes at http://www.bradlug.co.uk/life-after-xp-notes/). However, that doesn't fully harmonise with the Gnome applications you get with Xfce. So you may be better customising KDE if you cannot get Thunderbird to do its business. Skype is now being better supported on Linux.

    Quote Originally Posted by vl1969 View Post
    Wife needs MS Office support (which I believe can be met with LibreOffice)
    You can set up LibreOffice to save in MS formats by default and, if any files contain VB, to preserve that in any saved file.

    Quote Originally Posted by vl1969 View Post
    my needs are a bit more extensive as I also need some DVD/CD ripping soft, .Net dev and Network tools.
    .Net dev would be the problem as what is available on Linux is generally behind what is available on MS; the others are well provided for.

    As you have Windows, the other alternative would be to put Windows in a VM running over openSUSE. Then you could have access to Windows .Net dev tools.

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    Default Re: need help/sugestions for switching to opensuse 13.1 from win7

    Quote Originally Posted by john_hudson View Post
    If you dual boot, you can point to whatever wallpaper you have on Windows and have it display on Linux. Alternatively, save your Windows wallpaper to use on Linux.



    Xfce is probably the easiest to make Windows like (but see below)



    You have a choice of browsers, none of which are like Internet Explorer. In theory you should be able to use Thunderbird but I found it easier to install Kontact which imported the Outlook emails flawlessly (see notes at http://www.bradlug.co.uk/life-after-xp-notes/). However, that doesn't fully harmonise with the Gnome applications you get with Xfce. So you may be better customising KDE if you cannot get Thunderbird to do its business. Skype is now being better supported on Linux.



    You can set up LibreOffice to save in MS formats by default and, if any files contain VB, to preserve that in any saved file.



    .Net dev would be the problem as what is available on Linux is generally behind what is available on MS; the others are well provided for.

    As you have Windows, the other alternative would be to put Windows in a VM running over openSUSE. Then you could have access to Windows .Net dev tools.
    thanks for all your king suggestions.

    to response :
    wallpaper is not an issue as I change them even in windows to a
    pic Du jour :-)
    also I do not dual boot, my main drive is too small for that at the moment so that is not an issue.

    I do not like xface much, but KDE is not bad for my taste.
    and I haven't used IE except for some special cases in years.
    I use mostly Opera and FireFox.
    thunderbird and skype are also familiar as I use skype and did install it on Linux last week , I use thunderbird at work and at home as an outlook replacement, I just added them to the list so the whole picture of what I need is clear.
    but thanks anyway as it confirms my chosen options again.

    as for .Net, my needs are small and I do believe that Mono should be sufficient enough for my needs. I do not do much at home and for a few small apps I want to code for personal use Mono should have all functionality I need.
    I do wish I could use "Xamarin Studio" though. very nice interface.

    Anyhow, I decided to try a Linux mint 16 on my main PC last night.
    so far I am impressed. it did not work this good on my laptop. but desktop seams to be a better fit for it. I have even found a theam to make it look like win7 :-D icons and all.
    I was thinking of trying the ZorinOs but I do not like the fact that it is very proprietary like, you can not upgrade easily , you need to redo the whole install from scratch etc. and installing some apps apparently not an easy thing.
    not sure what the issue is but read a few review describing that as an issue.
    will see.

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    Default Re: need help/sugestions for switching to opensuse 13.1 from win7

    On 2014-04-28 18:26, vl1969 wrote:

    > I am not looking so much for technical help in here as this is a to
    > general post for that. what I need is pointers to needed apps and tools,
    > websites for me to accomplish my goal.


    I knew of a site, Russian IIRC, that listed a lot of Windows
    applications and their Linux "equivalent". I have limited internet at
    the moment, can not try google it.


    > First and foremost look and feel as much as win7 as possible. if you
    > know any place I can get some wallpaper/desktop theam please point me to
    > it.
    > any changes I need to do for it to work similar as win7 please sugest.


    There is a known document around named something like "Linux is not
    Windows" (google). Have a read at it, because it is interesting, tells
    you of a lot of misconceptions people migrating have.

    On the other hand... I have a visitor once, that is not "fluent" with
    computers. Only used Windows. Had to ask other people to install things
    or how to do "different" things. Well, she asked to use my laptop to see
    her email. I just left her my Linux laptop with Firefox ready... she did
    not even notice it was not Windows.

    So it is not that difficult :-)

    Your people just need someone around to maintain the computers and
    handhold now and then.


    > Wife needs MS Office support (which I believe can be met with
    > LibreOffice)


    If not, there is a commercial thing somewhere to run office in linux,
    with a customized Wine, I believe. Otherwise, if your computer is
    powerful enough, just move your Windows install to a virtual machine and
    use it. Or install it fresh, reuse the license. I hope.


    > my needs are a bit more extensive as I also need some DVD/CD ripping
    > soft, .Net dev and Network tools.


    For DVD ripping there are things. I have done it once or twice, not very
    familiar with it. Have a look around packman.

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    Default Re: need help/sugestions for switching to opensuse 13.1 from win7

    On Tue 29 Apr 2014 01:58:22 PM CDT, Carlos E. R. wrote:

    On 2014-04-28 18:26, vl1969 wrote:

    > Wife needs MS Office support (which I believe can be met with
    > LibreOffice)


    If not, there is a commercial thing somewhere to run office in linux,
    with a customized Wine, I believe. Otherwise, if your computer is
    powerful enough, just move your Windows install to a virtual machine and
    use it. Or install it fresh, reuse the license. I hope.


    > my needs are a bit more extensive as I also need some DVD/CD ripping
    > soft, .Net dev and Network tools.


    For DVD ripping there are things. I have done it once or twice, not very
    familiar with it. Have a look around packman.

    Hi
    For MS Office, there is Crossover, for DVD ripping in windows or
    openSUSE use handbrake along with libdvdcss.

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