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> I have a P75 machine with 24MB of RAM and running Windows 95. The
> problem is that Win95 crashs a lot. At least once a day and during
> every internet sesion it will crush the browser (Netscape or IE). So
> I am considering upgrading to a more stable OS. I was thinking of
> either OS/2 WARP 4 or Windows NT 4.0. When I heard that Linux could be
> an alternative.
> What exactly is Linux and how does it copares with Warp and NT?
Linux is a free (as in "freedom") Unix clone. Since it is Unix,
it is much more stable than any of the other systems that you
mentioned. It will take a little effort to learn, but it works
like a charm.
The people at the comercial OSes will tell you not to look at
Linux because it has no support. The reality is that it has
an excellent user-support system based on the Usenet that should
fullfill most of your needs. If you think you need more than
that, there are companies that will sell you the support.
You can download it for free (as in without paying a dime) from the
Internet or you can purchase one of its many CD-ROM incarnations.
You will find that there are three major "distributions" of Linux.
A Linux is an assembled, installable package that is ready to be
used by end-users. The major distributions are Slackware, RedHat,
and Debian. Each one has its advantages and disadvantages. None
is intrinsically better than the others (saying otherwise is asking
for a religious war). If you ask me, start with RedHat (which is
by far easier to install), and the switch to Debian (I find it much
Quote:> Are there good (and inexpensive) wordprocessors with WYSIWYG. How
> about spreadsheets and Internet/Newsgroup browesers, E-mail?
You want software? Ok. Let me see:
* StarOffice: This one is free for non-commercial use. You
_might_ want to purchase the Motif 2.0 libraries, however, which
should cost $80-$120 depending on what you want. At the
very least, StarOffice can read Word 95 files. It is supposed to be
able to handle other Office 95 files too, but I haven't tested
this. NOTE: You can get StarOffice to work without these libraries,
but it is a pain to set up.
* Applixware: This one is commercial. It should cost around $90
if you are a student, and somewhere between $200-$300 otherwise.
I have heard reports that this one also handles Office95 files,
and that is faster and better than StarOffice. I have never
tried it, though.
* Netscape Navigator 3.01
* Netscape Navigator 3.01 Gold
* Netscape Communicator 4.0 Beta 2
* NSCA Mosaic
* Red Baron
* I have heard rummors of IE (aaagh!) being ported to Linux. Any
way, it is not available yet.
* Netscape products
Also, you will find these little jewels:
* DOSEMU: The DOS emulator. Allows you to run DOS software.
I have heard that people have managed to run Windows 3.1 under
this. So far, I haven't succeded in it (not that I have tried
a lot, mind you). People report being able to run some hardware
intensive DOS games (i.e Quake/Doom/Dark Forces) under this. I
never tried (I don't like this kind of games).
* Wine: Windows Emulator. This will allow you to run Win16/Win32
programs under Linux. Unfortunatly, the product is not ready yet.
* WABI: I don't know much about this one. It is a comercial
package that allows you to run Windows 3.1 programs under Linux.
Think Word 6.0.
You will also find lots of communication/fax/security/etc software.
Most standard Unix software will work. You will find that the Linux
machine excels in a network environment, and it makes a better server
than NT (since it will serve to TCP/IP, Novell, Macintosh, and Windows
networks and it is more stable than NT).
Obviously, you will need more information than what I am giving you.
The best place to look is in the Internet. Read through these sites
for an abundance of Linux information. One of the things that you
will find is the Linux Software Map.
You are welcome. I hope this helps you. If you have any questions
regarding this, feel free to email me.
Quote:> Please E-mail me a copy of your answes as my Newserver is always
> missing a few posts.
Mailed and posted.
Hope this helps,
Victor R. Rivarola
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