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Technology News: Wine

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As a break, some technology news:

Wine is now at 1.1.4, development version and overall very useful. If you’re stuck with Windows XP or that chronically slow Vista then you should think about switching over to Linux.

The method is fairly simple:

1. Compile a list of the applications that you use most and either find suitable Linux versions (there’s 1000’s out there) or check the Wine AppDB to see if it runs trouble free under Wine.

2. Having done that, get a spare machine, so it doesn’t matter if you scramble the disk (not too likely, but best be safe).

3. Pick a major distro and migrate your files over either by burning a CD/DVD or using a cheap USB stick.

4. Keep the original files safe, for months, no matter what, then experiment with Linux, see if you like that (I don’t have to reboot every few hours) feeling.

Some major distributions that I like are: Mandriva, MEPIS, Kubuntu and PCLinuxos, but don’t take my word for it, there’s a positive feast at Distrowatch. Polish Linux is also worth a visit.

Slow machines tend to benefit from Antix, Zenwalk, Damn Small, GoblinX and SliTaz.

Also, if you’re stuck with a useless but serviceable machine try GParted and SystemRescue.

If you’ve decided to switch over, think about it, what applications are must haves, others nice but you can find an alternative, etc.

Invest some time and effort to document your test installations and what you found out. Play around, read informative blogs, tinker until you’re happy.

Linux can seem a bit fiddly to setup but once you’re done, then it can be rock solid, just take the time to do the job properly.

Written by modernityblog

14/09/2008 at 11:59

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  1. Ah yes, but what if you’re using a Mac?

    I think I would have switched entirely from PC to Linux by now had the wifi been better. As it stands, I cannot seem to find a distro worth a damn in terms of wireless internet.

    I love Kubuntu, especially running Compiz Fusion (when it works with my GPU). C’est la vie. I imagine the next couple of years will clean this up…


    15/09/2008 at 20:21

  2. agreed, wireless has been Linux’s Achilles heel and I had a lot of problems with a Broadcom chip set in a HP I have, but there are ways around it:

    1. find out precisely which chip set and version your PC uses

    2. Draw up a list of major distros (possible candidates)

    3. Compare very carefully the compatibility issue between the chipset on the wireless and the distro, and watch out many times it is a setup issue, not a fundamental incompatibility issue

    4. write up some notes on the setup

    5. have a spare web connection ready,

    6. download a selection of LiveCDs

    7. boot each one of them, then scan for any hardware issues, use dmesg in a terminal window

    8. It should be possible to make any LiveCD work as well as an install, so if it works with the LiveCD then it should, all things being equal, work when installws on a hard disk.

    9. I’d start off with MEPIS (checking for the forums before hand), a Ubuntu release, Mandriva, PCLinuxiOS, etc

    10. it just costs a bit of time and a few cents for blank CDRs

    11. I’d avoid SUSE, Fedora, Centos for the moment, not too impressed with their quality control procedures.


    15/09/2008 at 21:42

  3. ops, sorry mis-read your first line.

    Depends on the model of Mac, yellowdog worked fairly well years ago.

    I’d search for the specific model number and look out for specialist forums that cover Linux installs on that particular model


    15/09/2008 at 22:05

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