I am a retired system engineer originally working with mainframes in the EDP era and specializing in codicil data banks. Later involved with the first intelligent terminals (the first Intel 8080 cpu and Mac80 assembler) and networking. From there I proceeded to PC's, Windows and Novell.
My Linux experience started with Diablo freeBSD, Suse 6-10 and now Fedora 10.
I have always tried to get away from Microsoft because of its crude security, memory & HDD management and it does so many things automatically without possible intervention.
Three weeks ago I bought a new PC (Acer Aspire M3201 with AMD Athlon x2) and decided to again try to move to Linux. I first tried Suse 11 this just didn't recognise anything and didn't even start installing. I then tried Mandriva 8 this went a little further but not far enough. I then turned to Fedora 10 and lo and behold I soon had a system working in a very short time.
Thanks to you all in the Forum I was able to get over many problems so that now I can do most things with Fedora which is now my main system. However there were/are some items I wish to mention.
I found that although I could move all my old mails and addresses to Evolution I was not satisfied so I installed Thunderbird
My Access data bases are still under windows, OO dBase is not adequate. I have installed Mysql but I don't know what to do withit.
I have installed Zattoo but when I call the program nothing happens and I can't find any error msg's.
I had some difficulties trying to view video clips from the internet but am now slowly getting over this.
I have an Epson RX700 which I can use for printing but Sane doesn't recognise the iscan I installed.
I miss my favourite Fonts in OO eg. Arial and Papyrus.
I still have a lot to learn and to organise. In Windows many things are installed even if you don't need them and in Linux there are many things you may install but you don't know if you need them.
Well after all that dribble I would just like to mention that although I started my computer career writing programs in machine language I now need a computer that I can use without having to do the nitty gritty bits.
1 Any suggestions for an Access MDB replacement?
2 Can I import Microsoft Fonts?
3 How can I tell if I have a 32bit or a 64bit OS?
4 Any ideas on the scanner problem?
5 Is there a list of Abbreviations and application names within Linux, with a description of what they are for or suppose to do?
6 What about Zattoo?