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I Feel dirty!

Discussion in 'Software' started by Fergal1982, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. Fergal1982

    Fergal1982 Petabyte Poster

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    I've been considering reimaging my laptop to Linux over the past couple of days.

    I dont use it for anything other than surfing the web, msn/etc, checking emails (and not my primary email platform either), and MUDing.

    The first and third could be dealt with through FF and Thunderbird (or another alternative email client), whilst the third could possibly be used for This, or something similar.

    That said, I've never really been impressed with the IM clients. Especially after I started using Trillian.

    The only real concern I would have is that I picked up Acronis True image to be able to back up the pcs on my network, and switching it to linux would scupper that avenue. That said, theres not really much on it that I would need to keep.

    I have a question though, the laptop is hooked up through a PCMCIA wireless card, would that work in Linux? Im sure I read somewhere that PCMCIA had internal drivers, so you could just put it into a machine and it would work, but I cant remember for sure.
     
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  2. juice142

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    Now's your chance, Freddy... 8)

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  3. Sparky
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    LOL @Sparky!!! Go for it Fergal!!!!!
     
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    :ohmy noooooo Fergal, come back to the light dude. I've give you some milk and cookies!
     
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  6. Fergal1982

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    mmmmm cooooooooooookies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    You can find then under the Windows Vista box :biggrin
     
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    Would you like your cookies... burnt?
     
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    Thought they might have the aero effect, would be weird! :eek:
     
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    by burnt she means tinders! We are trying to get him off the ledge not make him jump! 8)
     
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  11. Mr.Cheeks

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    do it under vmware first and see if it tickles your fancy, and then go live
     
  12. tripwire45
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    I had a Dell Inspirion laptop that used a PCMCIA card. The laptop originally ran Windows XP Pro but I finally decided to "stick it to the man" and blow it away and install Ubuntu. After Ubuntu was installed, wireless "just worked". There have been other distros where wireless has been an issue but there were ways around it. I think if you used the latest version of Ubuntu (which uses the latest Linux kernel), you wouldn't have any problem.

    BTW, the Linux gang has milk and cookies, too...nice, big chocolate chip cookies. :biggrin
     
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    Yes, but ours aren't posioned are you would have came back to your senses by now. 8)
     
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    Try one. Just one. You'll like it. :D
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    You can do it without using vmware if you have a live cd.
     
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    I've never seen MUD before. I don't do much with IM though I have tried Kopete and Gaim. A more Outlook-like email client would be Evolution. It has all the features Outlook has, and has a plugin to work with Exchange.

    The last IM client I really used was ICQ back in 2000-2001.

    I'm unfamiliar with Acronis. Don't know quite what to tell. However, if it creates an image of the entire disk I don't know why you wouldn't be able to just reformat back to NTFS if you don't like Linux, and then just put the image in place. Isn't that what it's for?

    This would depend on the card. Some are compatible, some aren't. Do a Google search for your card model number and Linux, and see what comes up. Most likely somebody out there has tried it already. It would be an extremely rare card if it hasn't even been tested/experimented with yet. Even if it won't work natively under Linux it might work with ndiswrapper and the Windows drivers. You just never know until you do a little research.
     
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    :ohmy Your not tricking me. Those aren't even homemade! :duel
     
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  18. tripwire45
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    They might be. Actually, if you notice, the design on each cookie is the Ubuntu (Linux) logo. :biggrin
     
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    LOL. They'll probably be highly toxic to a Windows user, if the Windows user can figure out how to eat them. You know how difficult anything to do with Linux is for most people.... :twisted:
     
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    Don't really see why this would be a concern. I have just been using Acronis True Image 9 to try and sort out my main machine which is playing up, and the docs state that they support Linux in certain circumastances.

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