Andy Green wrote:
Open Office draw manages this for me, there's also Dia and
I have installed Sodipodi and it looks at first glance to be able to do
the job I need.....but I have the horrible task now of re-saving all my
CorelDraw files into something that Sodipodi can open.
>>MS Publisher equivalent
Have just installed Scribus and that looks interesting, but I will also
look into OpenOffice. I still have these ex-Windows mind-sets, in that
when I tried to use MS Office desktop publishing, the results were not
good, bloated and very often incompatible with other peoples systems, so
I avoided OpenOffice thinking it may suffer the same fate. I will look
into it though.
Gimp is better than it seems at first meeting it. There is a MUCH
1.3.23 beta version of Gimp available for download from http://www.gimp.org/
too, I think somebody was talking about it earlier as being packaged. Its
meant to be a beta but I started using it a couple of months ago and its
Again - I'll look it up - YUM says that the version I have 1.2.? is up
to date, so I'll do a search for a FC1/RH package.
Bittorrent is pretty good. I don't use the other P2P any more but there used
to be limewire and other such things that ran on Linux (with Java I think in
the case of limewire).
Kazaa used to be useful, but now all I get are movie previews. I use
Soulseek a lot as I held a repository of Palm freeware and the combined
chat/file share facility was good. However, as I am now leaving Windows
behind, and a lot of what I did on the Palm was tied to Windows (there
are not that many Linux versions of 'Windows versions of Palm software')
I might be leaving that behind. I'm certainly not going to give up on
Linux just because of p2p apps.
If you MUST stay with Windows for one or two apps because they just
over, Vmware is a great solution (at $299 tho). This literally makes your
Windows session a window on your Linux desktop and it runs fully concurrently
sharing the hardware. Windows runs drivers that fake up hardware while
actually passing the requests through to your regular Linux drivers. Its
REALLY GOOD, you can even have things like XP and 98 up at the same time
without leaving Linux. There's a 30-day trial for free at
For that price, I could get a low-power PC and a KVM switch and not lose
on performance on the Linux box.
Well, fair enough, but its surprisingly hard to frame an email
about someone complaining without inadvertantly becoming guilty of the very
thing you abhor... wouldn't it've been more useful if your email had
contained something more than the same kind of complaint you were complaining
Well - personally I am prepared to offer whatever contribution I can,
given the time to get into Linux and to find out what contribution I can
give. At the moment I consider myself a newbie so don't feel confident
in being 'responsible' for anything. In addition - I can't code at all,
but I guess that there may be a need for help with hosting/building web
And I wasn't complaining - I was commenting. To complain about the lack
of a piece for software when the guys writing and maintaining this stuff
are doing it for free, in spare time, would be downright rude. I
complain about MS software and the quality of software that I have paid
money for - my comments were simply a wish-list.
And yes - it can be very difficult to find your way through the vast
number of packages out there....but now that I've found:
...it ought to be a lot easier!
Bryan Anderson <fedora(a)bryananderson.co.uk>