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Originally Posted by retired1af It's only been within the past few years that it's become an issue and we're seeing a few more apps with are cross platform compatible. Okay ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by retired1af
    It's only been within the past few years that it's become an issue and we're seeing a few more apps with are cross platform compatible.
    Okay - thanks for your interest and your comments.
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    You're kidding, right?

    You're asking too much. The apps mentioned, Firefox, et all are terrific...but you're asking to apply a band-aid to Windows.

    Anybody else see the problem with this?

    Tell your boss to stop trying to fix something that (s)he cannot. Set up a Debian box in the back for him, let him play and use his imagination.

    I have done this for many managers and now almost everyone of them has at least some production boxes running Linux.

    I've supported Windows almost 8 years, not so anymore and with good reason. You show somebody all the reasons why Windows is horrible - I mean actually show them - and they continue to use Windows - I don't care what the reason...well, they don't deserve your help or sympathy any longer. There is a point where you tell them that they are on their own. This isn't a marriage.

    Let them stay in their hole, or give them Debian and be done with it.

    Sorry - I'm edgy.

    machiner

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    Re: You're kidding, right?

    Quote Originally Posted by machiner
    You're asking too much. The apps mentioned, Firefox, et all are terrific...but you're asking to apply a band-aid to Windows.
    Not really - I'm looking for a quick way to introduce them to the idea of open source, and to show them that it works and works well.

    I'd love to set up a Linux box for them, but that's not really an option here at the moment.

    I still appreciate what you're saying though, and if that approach has worked for you then I'll keep it in mind for another day. And I agree it's not a marriage ...
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    Hey we all forgot thunderbird!!!

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    retired1af wrote:
    Hmmmmmmm. For Windows? How about DBAN? Laughing j/k
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    I would suggest using linux (as a live CD for them to see how brilliant it is), ummm thats about all, make sure it is a good one like knoopix cos that will stun them

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    The problem is that a lot of people like "put CD in drive. Ooh, purdy colors." With any CD, any program, etc.

    Well, if I can't say Firefox (as it is assumed), I have the following:

    1. OpenOffice.org

    Not only can OO.o edit in Windows formats, but it often does so with a better interface and more features. Though I had troubles downloading the Windows version, when you can use Linux to edit a ppt, you know the world is happy.

    2. Gaim

    Gaim takes AIM, gives it a better interface, opens it up to a bunch of chat clients, and adds awesome new features (such as aliases). I use this in both Linux and Windows.

    3. GIMP

    I've not used it so much, but for a beginner, it provides everything that PhotoShop and Paint Shop Pro do, only free. Yay.

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    I've installed Gimp and work with it on my XP box at work.
    Some people asked about it, but so far, I'm still the only one

    But the saga will continue

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    I say firefox and gaim.
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    Yeh, GAIM, The GIMP, Open Office, Firefox and Thunderbird are quite good... but I got a whole rack of good software like:
    Adaware
    Spybot search and destroy
    AntiVir

    antivir is slowly becoming cross platform BTW, they have an experimental version for Linux and there are rumors of a Mac port too

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