Right Place?

Paul Johnson pauljohn32 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 5 14:36:32 UTC 2008

On Fri, Dec 5, 2008 at 7:06 AM, Fawn <sleepingfawn at wildblue.net> 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?
Not usually. Some can run in an emulator.  The free emulator is WINE
and I purchased CrossOver Office in order to run Windows Office XP.

> Can I build webpages with dreamweaver using Linux?

If you buy dreamweaver for Linux you can.  There are many other web
page authoring programs you can get for free.  They range the gamut
from CUI things somewhat similar to dreamweaver, like NV, and text
editors with web page helpers, like Bluefish or Emacs.

> I also use PSP to work with the webpages. Will this
> program work with Linux.

Gimp is a better program than Paint Shop Pro

 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

I switched from Window to Linux 10 years ago.  Won't go back.

However, if you have never installed any operating system, not dos,
not Windows, from disk or CD or DVD, then you have some work to do.
Linux was easier for me to adopt because I had installed Win95 about
100 times from a set of 24 floppy disks.  You have to get used to the
idea that you might mess something up and have to re-install the whole
OS.  I don't know many first-time linux installers who get everything
right the first time.  Many people follow all defaults and the system
will run, but then a few weeks later they say "oh, I don't want that
feature" but it can't be removed.  I don't want to use the LVM disk
partitioning framework, but it gets installed by default on most
distributions and you can't get rid of it without repartitioning.
And, if you've never partitioned a disk, you have a little more
learning to do.

But don't worry.  You become smarter!  You become a better Windows
user after you pull your head out and start to understand some of the
computing fundamentals.

This is Comedy, but it does hit the nail on the head:

"If Operating Systems Ran The Airlines" http://linuxgazette.net/issue45/orr.html

I liked this so much I posted it on my page:

"Evolution of a Linux User"

I wrote this 11 years ago. Wow, time flies.
"Live Report From Linux Land" (1987)

Paul E. Johnson
Professor, Political Science
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 504
University of Kansas

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