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Would this be a good time to go linux?

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Hi,

I am building a budget computer (Celerion D310 ) for a lawyer friend who sits in front of his computer 15-20 hours a day. Would it be a good idea to switch him to Linux? If we do switch, I was thinking about Ubuntu with a possible dual boot with Windows 98.

Pros
Save $90 on XP Home

Cons
Can not run Smart Attorney 8.0 (unless there is a program (which I think there was) that allows you to use Windows programs)

I would not be able to support him because I don't know anything about Linux commands. - I don't think this would be too much of a problem, because there shouldn't be any problems.
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You can try to start the program using wine, if not - you can user windows for that software and linux for the rest. Ubuntu is good.
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if you don't know much about linux then don't recommend it to anyone. i have used linux before and use it at work now but i'm still far from being as experienced as i am in windows. i made the mistake of recommending it to my dad for his second computer and now he calls me all the time asking how to do things that i can't help with because i don't know how to work it. he assumed that because i recommended it that i was more proficient than i really am.

there are programs for linux that run windows programs but theres no guarantee they work for what you need.
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um... wow. Windows 98?

If he has been using the same OS 15-20 hours a day for 10 years, I'd say there might be a pretty large learning curve to Linux for him...
    
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If you set up a basic environment for someone with all the needed software, there souldn't be any problems. My father uses Gentoo (just made and image from my home desktop and tuned it a little) at work for office, surfing, music and card games and never called me to tell smth is wrong.
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Here is what I'm thinking.
I will split his HDD in 1/2. 1/2 for storage and 1/2 for OS. I should set up a lightweight version of Ubuntu w/ Wine and OO and all the programs he would need. Will buy a backup version of XP. I would install Linux and see how he likes it, and if we can't get everything working, just install Windows XP or 98. If he likes Linux, I can just return the XP disc, or use it in the future or something.
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The best thing to do is to give hime a LiveCD or, even better, a LiveDVD with Ubuntu or any other popular distro with a lot of software on board. If he likes it - install.
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The best thing to do is to give hime a LiveCD or, even better, a LiveDVD with Ubuntu or any other popular distro with a lot of software on board. If he likes it - install.
Thanks for the suggestion also. How slow do the LiveCDs run? Imma prob test Ubuntu LiveCD with wine and see if I can open that smart attorney stuff.
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With 1gb ram the LiveCD will run great.
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With 1gb 512MB ram the LiveCD will run great.
Also, that would be 1GB, with only 1Gb of RAM you wouldn't get very far on a live CD.

"Smart Attorney 8" is not listed on appdb.winehq.org, you may want to check it out first.
Edited by OasisGames - 5/30/08 at 3:32pm
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