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    needed: application suggestions for various tasks


    I'm just starting to convert from winxp to linux (mandrake 10.1) and there are some task that I need to perform but not sure which program will be best suited for it.

    Can you suggest program(s) that will do the following tasks?

    -play video (divx/dvd/mpg/ra)
    -play mp3
    -an office program (hopefully compatible with msoffice documents, both filetypes as well as formatting inside each document)
    -powerful graphics editor (i.e photoshop)
    -cd/dvd burning (using pioneer 10
    -pdf viewer
    -web browser
    -multilingual support (mainly Big5 Traditional Chinese)


    Also, where owuld I get drivers? Or does the os have most the things already? (I haven't installed it yet, I'm currently downloading everything before I format)


    Thanks a bunch ppl! And Happy Holidays!

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    http://linuxshop.ru/linuxbegin/win-l...en/table.shtml

    that is a list of (approximate) software equivalencies for linux.

    as for drivers, a lot of them are in the kernel already, and more and more manufacturers are providing native linux drivers on their websites. otherwise, you will have to google for one or write one yourself.
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    Linux usually comes with apps that do everything you listed, don't worry about downloading them now.
    As for media players: For almost everything but using the menus on DVDs, I strongly recomend using MPlayer.
    For using menus on DVDs, use Xine.
    For just audio (like mp3, ogg, flac, wav), use XMMS.

    Basically, just do a normal install and the apps you want will probably get installed.
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    Re: needed: application suggestions for various tasks

    Quote Originally Posted by turbo_h4

    -play video (divx/dvd/mpg/ra)
    -play mp3
    -an office program (hopefully compatible with msoffice documents, both filetypes as well as formatting inside each document)
    -powerful graphics editor (i.e photoshop)
    -cd/dvd burning (using pioneer 10
    -pdf viewer
    -web browser
    -multilingual support (mainly Big5 Traditional Chinese)
    For DVD's, Xine. For streaming Real Media, RealPlayer10GOLD. For everything else, MPlayer.
    XMMS, Beep Media Player, Amarok, JuK
    OpenOffice.org
    GIMP, Inkscape
    gpdf, xpdf, Acrobat Reader for Linux, gv(also for postscript)
    Mozilla, Firefox, Galeon, Opera, Epiphany, Konqueror
    Localization/Translation is handled by distros and apps. Most I've seen handle Big5.
    OH NOOOOO!!!!!! You did it the way I said?

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