Right Place?

Mark Haney mhaney at ercbroadband.org
Fri Dec 5 14:18:29 UTC 2008

Fawn wrote:
> I am not sure if I am in the right place or not. I am
> thinking of using Linux. Your site was recommended 
> to me. I have some questions before I download it.
> Can I use MS compatible software with Linux?
> Can I build webpages with dreamweaver using Linux?
> I also use PSP to work with the webpages. Will this
> program work with Linux. I have to be able to 
> build webpages and work with graphics before I 
> can change.
> I am totally tired of MS and crashing.
> Thank you for any help you can give me with these
> questions. I am totally green/unexperienced with
> Linux.
> Fawn

You can use MS Compatible software (at least some) with WINE.  However, 
there are many open source applications that will do what common Windows 
apps can do.  OpenOffice will open and save in MS Office format for 
example.  I suggest you try those first before running to the Windows 

I believe dreamweaver still works in WINE, but there are other IDEs like 
DW in linux that I think work better.  NVU being the one I prefer if I 
need a GUI to work in.

I'm going to assume 'PSP' stand for Paint Shop Pro?  Again, I think it 
will work under WINE, but don't quote me. Someone posted the winehq 
AppDB link.  However, with you being a n00b to linux, it might be rather 
intimidating to read how to get things running under WINE.  Never fear, 
that's what we're here for.  To help.

I build web pages all the time in Linux.  I think you will find that 
GIMP is a much better replacement for PSP, and it's a native linux app, 
so I would look into it first.

Welcome to the world of Linux.  There are a million ways to skin the 
cats you want, so don't be afraid to try new ones out, you might find 
they are better than the Windows versions.  Also, feel free to post 
questions on this list, we'll be glad to help you out.

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Mark Haney
Sr. Systems Administrator
ERC Broadband
(828) 350-2415

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