First off I’m Andrew (forum newbee please excuse out of normal posting if it occurs)I tried to section bullet information for clarity.
For the BULLET POINTED request for help scroll to the HELP>>>>> section below the rest is background of why I want linux and how I cannot get it to do what I need it to.
My dive into LINUX
(On my LINUX test computer running AMD DURON 800Mhz 512 PC133 35 gig hard drive) other that I would love to network in AMD 2.8 x 2600 512 DDR soon to be 1gig and a sizable hard drive…HP wireless laptop dv9000 series 2 gigs of RAM turion 2.0 ghz processor good hard drive all have at least g force 4 graphics integration.
My TIMELINE of events
Sick of Vista OSX and XP need I say more. I’ve known Linux to be good so I figured I would try it, its been 2 months and 70-160 man hours on research and trying to do anything with it remotely close to what I need and I am sad to say I’ve gotten as far as install every version I can find on the distro page and tried it…I settled with OpenSUSE as it flows well and is VERY quick and has a functionality I can understand best for learning Linux I think (correct me if Im wrong please lol). I tried Mint, Ubuntu, Mandriva, Fedora, and Saybayon before trying OpenSUSE.
HELP>>> Ok so I can hardly find support to install or uninstall programs, I tried finding alternatives to programs I use like iTunes or adobe suite programs and (I hate to say the word) Microsoft office apps. I also learned about windows emulators and tried WINE with no luck I know its on my computer but I cant make it do anything, and I cant find the information from searching for it on forums and other sites to learn how as of yet.
After I installed iTunes (the 0.1 something version apple said was the Linux version I went further to download the current versions windows use) I can’t find the icon for it to launch it or find instructions online to launch it through the terminal. I copy and tested launch strings online forums mentioned but they didn’t work for me the terminal sat there glaring at me with a grin.
How to see and search through files on additional hard drives that I hook up with a mess of windows files on it or if I can even perform this task. I did some searching online about this but didn’t find anything yet. I did see some info on partitioning drives which was kool. OpenSUSE does it for you in a sense. I wasn’t too keen on how to change the partitioning options though to maximize my hard drive space.
I need a place I can ask find answers to questions I need answered that’s the most important thing cause if I could find all my answers I wouldn’t have to bug you all. lol (Or is that the point of this forum if so get used to me lol as I might be hitting you up frequently or searching through postings)
I see through research that Adobe Master CS3 or 4 is most likely not going to run on Linux even with an emulator but what about M Office 03 or 07?
How do you get the WINE to do anything or what emulator is best and would work
Maybe I should be asking which distro is most like windows in functioning, install/uninstall software, using software known to windows
My OS needs…
I have been quite acquainted with various Windows for many years. I build computers, repair them, build websites and perform flash and graphical editing with Adobe Master Suites like Photoshop CS4 and Dreamweaver CS4 and flash CS4. I perform files storage and data transfers to and from with customer’s personal files before reformatting or replacing their computer hard drives. I constantly must create and use Microsoft’s words .doc files and the excels .xls along with PowerPoint’s (.ppt). I haven’t found out if the linux office compatible programs will save or create in these formats.
I would be happy if I could use all this software on LINUX
I love Linux its smooth and quick and no extra junk and very simple functions. My low amount of knowledge I know inhibits me greatly but I am trying to work on that.