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Starting online courses this fall. The website states the following, and I'm just curious if I need to go buy some gay winD'OHs OS or can I stick with my slick Fedora I love so much?. Thanks

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MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Before you enroll in an online course, make sure you have access to a computer and Internet connection that meet the following requirements:

Operating System

Windows 2000 or XP
Mac 10.2 or higher (NOTE: Only Firefox 3.6.X is supported on the MAC)

Browser

PC - MS Internet Explorer 7.0 or Firefox 3.6.X
MAC - Firefox 3.6.X

For ANGEL 7.3, Internet Explorer 7 will need to be used because certain components in WIMBA are not compatible with Internet Explorer 8.

Perform a System Check

Pentium or PowerMac 133MHZ.

Some online math courses are computer-based classes using Academic Systems software that will not work on Macintosh computers without Virtual PC. Check out this website for system requirements: MathXL

Hardware

256 MB RAM

Sound card

Internet Connection

DSL or higher connectivity

Internet Service Provider

Note: AOL subscribers must use another browser.

Plug-Ins

A plug-in is a small computer program that can, or must, interact with another program to provide a certain, usually very specific, function. Plugins are used to view audio, video and simulations. Here are the plugins that BCC most commonly uses in online programs.

Java Plug-In -- Needed to view the eLearning Classroom and Chat sessions in Course Compass.
RealPlayer -- Needed to hear music or watch streamed media animations in some courses.
Flash -- Needed to improve viewing of high-fidelity web sites.
Shockwave
Adobe Acrobat Reader Needed to view online CourseCompass guides and other PDF documents.
Apple Quick Time
TestGen Plug-in-Needed to view and take online TestGen tests in CourseCompas
Not only the OS, but Shockwave, QT, and TestGen, are things I'm also concerned with.
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Starting online courses this fall. The website states the following, and I'm just curious if I need to go buy some gay winD'OHs OS or not. Thanks



Not only the OS, but Shockwave, QT, and TestGen, are things I'm also concerned with.
I can't answer for all of it but if it's browser dependant then you should be able work around and use the Linux versions to accomplish the same things. However, I can tell you that from experience it can be a pain in the as5 to have an update come along and suddenly land you back at being blocked.

The best bet is to see if you can test out the school's website that you need to use on Linux and see what the problems are. I wouldn't bother contacting them because you'll likely get people who don't know what Linux is and will only tell you to use windows.

PS: That sounds like some antiquated software though. I didn't even like shockwave was used any more (or maybe it became less annoying and in my face).
     
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IE7? Wow, my lappy came with 8. 7 is old.
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IE7? Wow, my lappy came with 8. 7 is old.
"For ANGEL 7.3, Internet Explorer 7 will need to be used because certain components in WIMBA are not compatible with Internet Explorer 8."

This really bugs me...
    
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IE7? Wow, my lappy came with 8. 7 is old.
They have software that is not IE 8 compatible.

During my online classes I was just resticted to IE6 for the browser. Shockwave will probably be used for some things that the flash player handles on most newer things. I had to just use what they wanted if I wanted everything to work right. Like for example I took an exam in firefox and got to the end to find out that the floating timer clock covered the submit button so I could not submit my answers. I screen shotted it and sent it to the intructor asking to be able to take it again with using the right browser and not a get a zero. they reopened the test for me. Still was a stressful stiutation.
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Probably no joke. Way too many places code only for the software they run themselves, which for a corporate/educational place means older versions of windows and ancient versions of IE.
According to that list, my win7 rig wouldn't fit, since I have IE9...
Depending on how well the plugin works with WINE, you may be able to get around it.
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I wouldn't risk it.

Windows isn't too hard to get.
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I did the "system test" and got this


Which is quite positive... but IDK if I should risk it or not. Its not like the costs aren't tax deductible.
    
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well... you could just pick up an xp oem for pretty cheap and then throw it in virtualbox

does sound like it would be a bit terrible to risk it :/ one thing goes wrong and picky bastards like that give you an F
Kinda meh now...
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well... you could just pick up an xp oem for pretty cheap and then throw it in virtualbox
+1 this, exactly what I was thinking.


I just completed my 2-year (and about to start the 4-year) at Phoenix and they had a similar list, and while I was using a Windows machine, everything was pretty much browser based so no idea. Perhaps different programs have different programs and lab software, that's my only guess.

But to be 100% safe, a virtual machine is what I would do.
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