Linux Migration Headache

Alfred alfred.s at
Thu Dec 7 02:45:30 UTC 2006

Hi: there might be another way to do it also. sells the
DVD edition of Ubuntu 6.06 Now it is presently 6 DVD's in size. In
Synaptic you click on add a CD. You put in one CD after another, and
give each one a Name. Then it lists all the files on them in Synaptic.
Then you check off the Files you want, and it tells you what DVD to put
into the DVD Drive. Typically you can add about 170 Megs of Programs
into Ubuntu in about 10 minutes. INSTALLED! Not all the repositories are
on the DVD's I had some more problems with the NVIDIA Card, and the
files for that were not on the DVD's.  We don't have High Speed here,
and this might be a way of doing things.

Downloading files from the Web is not Recommended, as Keir Thomas Says
in his book "Beginning Ubuntu". You just go to Synaptic. You will need
to put your Password into the Dialogue box that asks you for it. In
Synaptic you click on Settings, and then Click on Repositories, and then
put a check mark in front of the extra Repositories that you want to
open. Then it says that your list is out of date, and you need to search
it. Just click on OK, or click on the Reload Icon in the Tools Menu, of
Synaptic. With Dial - up this can take quite a while. Go for a trip
around Canada, and when you get back it aught to be ready. LOL Then you
click on the search ICON in the Tool Bar and write in what you are
looking for. Click Search, and in a few minutes, it will come up with
the software in the list that you were looking for. Then Click on the
Word Below ALL that was your Search Word, and there are listed all the
pieces of software that you were looking for. When you click on one of
these, in the description it tells you what it does. Click on Apply,
then it figures out for you what other programs you need, and might list
them too. Click on Apply in that Dialogue box if it comes up. Then it
figures out all the dependencies for the programs that you selected, and
check to see what you already have, and then the Download starts. At the
end of the download, a Terminal Window comes up, and shows you the
details of the installation(s). That is about all that needs to be done
to get some new Software for Ubuntu. On updates I found that there can
be a problem with some of the Update types. It has something to do with
the fact that these updates are from Debian Linux, and Ubuntu has become
somewhat different from Debian, and some types of updates can cause
problems to the system and even BREAK IT! Kernels you might want new
ones when they arrive, and try to pick even Numbered ones, because these
are the stable ones, while Odd Numbered ones are Beta's. Some security
Updates might work too! 

This should do wonders for your getting the software that you might like
to use. Wine will let you use some Windows Programs, but there used to
be Crossoffice that was made by the people that made Wine, You Pays your
$$ and takes yer Chances. It now is called Crossover and can play
windows games, and Office Suites too. Check out WINE on a Search Engine
or Wine HQ and there is a list of programs that Crossover runs well!



On Wed, 2006-06-12 at 08:27 -0500, David J Patrick wrote:
> On 06/12/06, Pay Wahun <paywahun at> wrote:
>         Well since my subscription to this list, I have been hitting
>         my head from one side of the OS world to another. I'm
>         currently using Windows and really want to migrate to Linux
>         but had found it difficult to do it 100%.
> the longer you've been using windows, the harder it is. There's a lot
> to un-learn. 
>         I bought another system solely for Ubuntu but found it
>         difficult to part away with my ACT contact manager, Photoshop,
>         Macromedia Flash, Dreamweaver, Live Chat softwares.
> you might consider codeweavers wine, to continue to run the Windoze
> apps you're used to, untill you can comfortably migrate to the free
> alternatives. 
>         I've tried GIMP but this is not a good replacement for
>         PhotoShop.
> again, if you are an experienced Photoshop user, the gimp will
> frustrate you, but if not, it's great. There's something called
> GimpShop, that gives Gimp a Photoshop interface.
>         I have had so many problems downloading and installing
>         BlueFish, PHP, Apache, MySQL and some Linux programs that I
>         have given up hope of having it installed.
> THERE's you problem; download and install is the Windoze way.These
> things are amazingly easy to get and install, but not like that. You
> should be using System>Adminstration>Synaptic Package Manager,
> instead.
>         I think Ubuntu manual is good but not for some one like me who
>         wish to have a smooth transition from Windows to Linux. I'm
>         spending too much fruitless and sleepless nights to migrate.
>         Could anyone advice what to do to overcome these problems?
> 1) keep running Windows untill you are comfortable with the basics of
> linux.
> 2) attend the New2Ubuntu workshopsat linuxcaffe (the first Saturday of
> the month, 5pm-7pm)
> 3) get a guru. Someone who will help you past the simple things that
> seem like big things.  
>         Is there any simple way to start this migration process? Linux
>         may be free but it has costs me more in time than I ever
>         imagine.
> dual boot. 
> If you go "cold turkey" it will be stressful, as linux IS different,
> and there's a lot to learn. 
>         Good things: Since I tried Firefox, I've never looked back and
>         hate to see IE as a browser on any system I use. Open office
>         is fantastic - use it everyday without a problem.
> yes,  Open Source is good. 
> djp
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