zellert>I've been sysad (part time) on a couple of AIX boxes at work now for a
zellert>little over a year. BigIron sysprog otherwise. On my PC's I've
zellert>MicroShit. As I got experience in AIX it became clear that I really
zellert>have to put up with the proprietary information hiding *in MS. So
zellert>really thinking about Linux for my PC at home.
zellert>First question. I understand that the DOS and Windows emulators are
zellert>pretty good. So has anybody here gotten either version of IBM's
zellert>Reader software running - its the only really indispensible thing I
zellert>MS that I know there is no clean replacement for in *ix.
DOS emulator is excelent. I use it daily. There are two ways to run
Windows: Win3.1 under DOSEMU and Wine. I do not have experience with
either one, but the developpers of both DOSEMU and Wine recommend against
it right now.
I never heard of the IBM's library, so I cannot tell you if it will run.
If it is a DOS program, you should have no problem. If it is a Windows
program, Windows 3.1 is in the success list of DOSEMU, but it will be
harder to set up. DOSEMU developpers will recommend you to use Win3.0 in
real mode instead. Real mode? please!
Another option is to set up your box as a Linux/DOS multiboot system.
That way you can use both OS. This is a last resort, however, specially
if you need to constantly use your DOS program.
zellert>Second with that level of experience does anyone expect that I'll have
zellert>real problems with the install? I've installed a fair number of pd
zellert>packages under AIX but only had to cope with a few mostly minor config
zellert>bugs. No heavy
zellert>coding or porting experience as yet.
If you can administer AIX, you can administer Linux. There are some
differences, but both are Unix. You are expected to know how to read the
documentation, but you should be familiar with the process under AIX. The
Linux Documentation Project, at http://www.veryComputer.com/, is your
primary source of information on the Web. You can also download these
documents, and they should be installed to your hard drive somewhere under
/usr/doc, along with Linux. The major sets of documents are:
HOWTO's Complete guides on how to handle complex tasks
MINI-HOWTO's Simple guides to do simple, or specific, things.
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
Manual Pages The classic "man" pages, of course.
Info Manuals Hypertext documentation format. Access with emacs or info.
zellert>Third about how long does it take to put up linux.
That depends on where you are installing from, how compatible is your
hardware, and what are you willing to do to your current DOS info.
You can install Linux strait from your hard drive, a CD-ROM drive, floppy
drive, your Intranet, the Internet, sometimes even a PPP link.. Obviously,
how long it will take you will depend on how fast your connection is.
Linux uses the hardware efficiently, so broken hardware that works under
DOS might not work under Linux. Check the Hardware Compatibility HOWTO
for this. Obviously, if Linux has problems with your hardware, it could
take a lot of time to install. Not that Linux hardware support is
limitted, mind you, but it could happen.
Assuming that you have information on your hard drive that you do not
want to loose, you will have to back it up. This could take variable
amount of time, which you should consider when estimating how long it
will take you to install.
If installing from a fast CD-ROM, on a clean hard drive (no data to back
up), and on compatible hardware, Linux should take around one hour to
zellert>Expect to hear more from me as I*up my courage and try to figure
zellert>what else I'll have to replace before I dive in.
The waters await you. Dive in!
Hope this helps,
Victor R. Rivarola
"A friendly interface that reduces functionality is morally wrong..."
- Mark Hahn