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    Hi friends,

    Many including me suffered a lot because of crash, virus, trojan, malware, etc., etc. At last, I decided to move to linux as my OS (no windows) though my OS at home is linux, at office it is windows. Company is suffering a lot cos of lack of awareness of employees. They open any mail without any precaution, allow anything, though a firewall installed, they allow everything when the interactive firewall prompts. I am totally shame to write this as my system never got affected in-spite of this as I made all the necessary precaution. But the network bcome very slow and I was affected too because of others fault.

    I have installed Mandriva Spring 2009.1 x86 64 and almost achieved all the necessary to perform my daily activities. Only few things is not achieved as the same is available only under windows and there is no open source alternative.

    I am planning to have a system (windows) with vpn so that for the time being those tasks which cannot be carried out in linux because of their software dependencies on windows can be done.

    Will post my success story when successfully implemented.

    Only disappointment is we are very few in this forum using linux again not as the primary OS, though I am not expecting anybody's help from here, it is a worrying factor that people are not thinking about any alternative even after suffering a lot.

    Will post my success story when achieved.

    EDIT : The encouraging thing is there are so many alternatives in linux (open source) for the daily needs, mind it I have to use so many utilities to achieve my daily work as I am a IT executive.

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    Good Idea

    Even i planned to

    But one thing stopping from doing that

    Gaming!!

    how long i can use Wine!!

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    I use xp as my secondary OS .... no plans on upgrading to Vista or 7 as i have migrated successfully to Ubuntu most of my tasks

    I think theres nothing wrong in dual booting xp to use that rare windows software you need

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShAdOwCoN View Post
    I think theres nothing wrong in dual booting xp to use that rare windows software you need
    Thanks for the advice, Initially I was thinking of using virtualbox to have that particular windows software. But then decided against that as it is a waste of resource as there need to be fixed memory to be allocated also unnecesserily other default software will be installed with the guest windows OS, one extra ip also required though a single NIC is shared between the host and guest OS.

    I have successfully installed that particular windows software using wine and is working fine now after doing some tweaking with the windows registry (which wine provides). I tried crossover before wine, though it is wrapper application of wine not able to succeed with my requirement.

    The good thing is my management wants to deploy linux on more desktops. But only concern is training other colleagues on linux as I will not get enough time to perform my daily activities and this will become as an extra burden.

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    Hi Matrix,
    Ha, that's what happens when you make a gud suggestion to the management - they make you implement it! Any way, it is nice to see a company taking this kind of initiative. I wish more Indian companies change over to alternate OS's, especially linux. Greater user base would mean better utilities, drivers etc. Of course, it might also mean a few more virii targetting linux....

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnson View Post
    Of course, it might also mean a few more virii targetting linux....
    Basically *nix OS are designed with all the necessary security feature right from the begining. You are well aware off that the system folders cannot accessed by normal users. All the data is stored in the home folder in normal case. In case of any infection simply the user can be dropped and created again unlike in windows where you may sometime required to reformat and install the OS and all other software. See the article in the link below:

    Note to new Linux users: No antivirus needed

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    Yes, Matrix, I'm aware of the inherent security features of linux. In fact, the article in your link was one of the encouragements for my 'conversion'. Now I find it's not only the freedom from infection, but the sheer stability of the system (I have fedora-8 in my office & fc9 at home) and the predictable behaviour too. Of course, I struggled for a few weeks initially to get everything going (mp3's and movies etc) but enjoyed the learning process. I still have XP which I need once in a while at office. Even use MSDOS programs under dosbox. Dos programs run better in linux/dosbox than in XP!

    Have one question though: does wine pose a danger of executing a virus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnson View Post
    Have one question though: does wine pose a danger of executing a virus?
    As far my understanding is concerned, there is no such possibility. As you are aware wine cannot be executed as root, the main reason for this is security. Wine will not affect any linux system folder. Everything is contained in the users home (Fake windows folders).

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    I mount the partition containing Windows with fstab on boot, which means C-drive can be written into. Do you still think this is OK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnson View Post
    I mount the partition containing Windows with fstab on boot, which means C-drive can be written into. Do you still think this is OK?
    See the mount point will be different as per your wish. Most of the virus, malware, etc. look for the system folder mostly c: as there is no drive concept in *nix, these cannot infect the mounted drive.

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    As desktop/laptop ages, its love for linux increases.

    I prefer to use Ubuntu, but linux nvidia sucks. worst performance & stuck with vista.
    Generally, its the laptops with graphic cards hates linux.

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    i have linux OS
    but not in PC in phone!!!!!!!!

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    Linux looks more complicated for me,..for home users (& specially the gamers like me) wont see linux for this..
    job takes the child away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mail2sc View Post
    Linux looks more complicated for me,..for home users (& specially the gamers like me) wont see linux for this..
    Yes, I very much agree, Linux is not for gamers. It is suitable for all other use except games.

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    Has anyone tried Cedege it is running nearly all the major games nowadays.

    Currently many full time linuxgamer are using it.
    Last edited by Luke Skywalker; 15th July 2009 at 01:11 AM. Reason: Automerged Doublepost

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luke Skywalker View Post
    Has anyone tried Cedege it is running nearly all the major games nowadays.

    Currently many full time linuxgamer are using it.
    As I am not a game enthusiast I didn't try that though I know gamers are using this in linux.

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    Been using Linux for a LONG time
    I am not a gamer though
    http://www.linuxrocks.in
    "The Future Is Open"

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    hi there..I am thinking of using Linux and discard XP..but i need to hear some feedback from linux users..I am not into playing games online..so guess got no problem with it..I am looking forward on any updates that you will post in here about your plan on having a system with vpn and the likes..

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    hey matrix....that is a good idea i think..let me know or post it here whatever the results of your tasks..i am a linux user too...and I am satisfied with it..

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthew View Post
    hey matrix....that is a good idea i think..let me know or post it here whatever the results of your tasks..i am a linux user too...and I am satisfied with it..
    Hi, thanks, it is long back, I didn't look back. It is a pleasant environment. No problems so far. Very secure indeed, don't think windows can provide such a secure environment in its life time.

    But feel very bad about the computer/internet penetration in our country. Recently visited my native place and found there is no awareness at all about the benifits of using computers/internet. Though most are educated, prefer to settle in townships and don't bother about improving anything there.

    In my capacity I have some advice to almost everybody I met, regarding the benefits.

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    I am not a linux user ..so not really that familiar with it..but I am planning to know more of this kind of OS since its free to download and everything and I like the idea of its a hack free kind of thing..

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    Quote Originally Posted by abena View Post
    I am not a linux user ..so not really that familiar with it..but I am planning to know more of this kind of OS since its free to download and everything and I like the idea of its a hack free kind of thing..

    I don't know what you meant by hack, If you go to linux Wiki, you can find out what it is all about. It is basically a unix OS just like commercial OS of big players such as HP-UX, Mac OSX, Sun Solaris (Now open source) or IBM AIX, Only difference is it is open source and you have full right and access to the source and you can customise if you are an IT pro (not required though).

    NOTE there are other such OS but after M$ linux come 2nd in installation. In my office all the servers are linux based but all desktops except mine is windows based.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnson View Post
    Hi Matrix,
    Ha, that's what happens when you make a gud suggestion to the management - they make you implement it! Any way, it is nice to see a company taking this kind of initiative. I wish more Indian companies change over to alternate OS's, especially linux. Greater user base would mean better utilities, drivers etc. Of course, it might also mean a few more virii targetting linux....
    Again this problem happened and the management is very serious this time. Now everybody is already informed that all system will be running linux in few days. Seems I will be in trouble as the people maintaining the system already started approaching me. But still I feel this a good thing to happen. So much trouble will be a thing of the the past once this is done. Again I need not be directly involved, jut to suggest the solution for each requirement.

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    Hey,

    Nice thread

    I have been using linux desktop for many years. I started with RH9, and used up to Fedora 10. Presently I am using Kubuntu. I was the first one in my office to announce that I'll need a linux workstation than a windows one. That was an even there and later on every one there came in to my cubicle to see Linux :-D

    I do have a windows PC too, to do voice and video chat. Now it seems pidgin supports for XAMP protocol. But I havent tested yet. I have my external hard disk pluged in to the linux box, with samba enabled in readonly mode so that the files can be accessed from the windows PC too.

    In linux, I feel very secure and happy with my desktop operating system.

    Vinod

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinodc View Post
    Hey,

    Nice thread

    I have been using linux desktop for many years. I started with RH9, and used up to Fedora 10. Presently I am using Kubuntu. I was the first one in my office to announce that I'll need a linux workstation than a windows one. That was an even there and later on every one there came in to my cubicle to see Linux :-D

    I do have a windows PC too, to do voice and video chat. Now it seems pidgin supports for XAMP protocol. But I havent tested yet. I have my external hard disk pluged in to the linux box, with samba enabled in readonly mode so that the files can be accessed from the windows PC too.

    In linux, I feel very secure and happy with my desktop operating system.

    Vinod
    Of course, the security in *nix is the best thing to happen, which is what I like the most. Taking a little trouble to get a thing working in linux doesn't matter to me. As far as the system is secure and running it is fine to me. Where as the windows fellas are giving much trouble to the maintenance people and me by wating a lot of time in rescuing from crashes and system slow down because of malware, etc.

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