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beeball
19th January 2008, 07:26 AM
I am migrating over to Fedora after being a long-time Windows user and I was hoping some of you could contribute to my pre-migration research.

I have a list of programs that I have been using in Windows for a long time and I dont know their equivalents in Fedora, I will paste the list below and hopefully I can get a decent Fedora program for each Windows program. Thank you!

Photoshop-type program

FTP program

CD burning and ISO image burning program

Font-viewing program

Clean up temp files program

Anti-spyware

Anti-virus

Firewall

IRC

Web coding (I use HTML-Kit in Windows)

Font viewer

color sniffer (allows you to pick up color code of any color on the screen)

CamStudio type program

Microsoft Word/Office type programs

Disk imaging software (like Acronis or Ghost)

Media PLayer

DVD player (rented DVD's)

Programmable hotkeys program (i use winkey in windows)

Torrent downloader

Screen capture program (something with more options than whats built in, i use Snagit in

WinXP)

Partition magic type program

WinRAR type program (i think 7zip, right?)

Skype

Lookup IP addresses

Adobe Reader

Yahoo chat (not just IM, but also chat)

Wayne
19th January 2008, 08:01 AM
Gimp

gFTP

Built-in to Gnome

Built-in to Gnome

Temp files get cleaned by a CRON job

Not needed

Not needed

Built-in to Gnome

XChat-Gnome IRC

Kompozer, Bluefish, Screem

Gimp

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OpenOffice

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Built-in to Gnome, Totem-Xine, Xine, Mplayer, VLC (Plus extra codecs needed)

Built-in to Gnome, Totem-Xine, Xine, Mplayer, VLC (Plus extra codecs needed)

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Transmission

Gimp

gParted

Built-in to Gnome (need to install unrar libraries from Livna repo)

Skype

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Adobe Reader, Ekiga (Built-in to Gnome)

Pidgin Internet Messenger

Wayne

Wayne
19th January 2008, 08:05 AM
http://www.gnomefiles.org/index.php

Wayne

scottro
19th January 2008, 08:21 AM
The only thing I would say is that depending upon your needs, some of them might not be sufficient. It depends upon what you do in Photoshop--according to my graphic designer friends, Gimp isn't there yet. There is an alternative called Pixel which I haven't used. It's not free, but it's about $650 cheaper than Photoshop, if not more.

beeball
22nd January 2008, 04:37 AM
Ok most of those are the standard that come with Fedora 8 right?
Now what if I wanted something better?
Some of those, like Transmission, are very basic.

forkbomb
22nd January 2008, 05:49 AM
Ok most of those are the standard that come with Fedora 8 right?
Now what if I wanted something better?
Some of those, like Transmission, are very basic.
Not all of those come installed by default, but most if not all of those can be installed from repositories quite easily (you do know that Fedora practically requires a decent broadband connection?).

If you want something better, there are plenty of choices in most areas of software (some are admittedly lacking). You're right - Transmission is a basic client (that's incidentally why some people really like it). But there are others:
Ktorrent
Azureus
Bittorrent (official client)
Rtorrent (ncurses/console based)
Deluge
There are apparently some good Firefox plugins that allow torrent integration.


There's also WINE, which can work for some situations. I've heard of people being quite happy with running utorrent through WINE.

Here are my thoughts on those apps (some overlap with Wayne, of course). I've skipped a few outside my ken or interest.:

Photoshop-type program: the GIMP, but it's not quite as good as Photoshop
FTP program: gftp, filezilla, or fireftp (firefox plugin)
CD burning and ISO image burning program: k3b
Font-viewing program:
Clean up temp files program: yup, Cron job. but you could also manually delete all the files under the /tmp directory.
Anti-spyware: Don't need it.
Anti-virus: don't need it, but there are a few that I know of (ClamAV, AVG). But from what I understand they're mostly mean for running scans of Windows network drives remotely. There's really no need for anti-virus on the Linux desktop right now.
Firewall: built-in, as Wayne mentions, but I also like Guarddog
Web coding (I use HTML-Kit in Windows): Bluefish is quite good - for languages other than HTML, too. Kate can also do in a pinch (good multi-purpose text editor with syntax highlighting)
color sniffer (allows you to pick up color code of any color on the screen): might be able to do this with GIMP
Microsoft Word/Office type programs: open office, though not a full replacement
Media PLayer: oh, wow. I'd actually say the multimedia player situation is far better on Linux platforms than on Windows (I've personally been searching high and low for a music player in Windows I really like but can't for the life of me find one). Let's split it up:
Audio: Amarok, Banshee, mp3blaster (ncurses based console player), XMMS, XMMS2, Audacious, Rhythmbox, Quod Libet, Songbird, Listen, Gtkpod, MusikCube (maybe - think that one might be BSD only)
Video: VLC (my favorite), Xine, mplayer, kaffeine, totem
DVD player (rented DVD's): VLC, some of the others above
Programmable hotkeys program (i use winkey in windows): depends on your Window Manager
Torrent downloader: see above.
Screen capture program (something with more options than whats built in, i use Snagit in WinXP): sometimes built into your GUI, but there are also some command line utilities available.
Partition magic type program: I advise a Gparted live cd; http://gparted-livecd.tuxfamily.org/
WinRAR type program (i think 7zip, right?): Wayne's got it - you just need a package from a third party repository
Skype - runs native on Linux
Lookup IP addresses - besides whois.net?
Adobe Reader: can run it just fine on Linux. I usually use xpdf, a lighter pdf reader, except for those tricky pdfs that only display right in Adobe reader (rare).
Yahoo chat (not just IM, but also chat): Pidgin, Kopete. Those are both multi-protocol chat programs. There are some other ones out there that act is clients to just one protocol, but I like having all of my screennames in one program.

Did I mention you can choose from lots of different GUI shells? :D

beeball
22nd January 2008, 09:41 AM
Thanks!

What about if I just need something out of the blue? Right now, I need an audio converter, to change .flac files to .mp3 files. In Windows, I would search download.com for something. How do I find something for this in Fedora?

beeball
22nd January 2008, 09:58 AM
I also need an MD5 checksum calculator for verifying ISO images, where/how do I look?

lazlow
22nd January 2008, 10:14 AM
isomd5sum is available via yum.

A lot of stuff verifies with shasum now rather than md5. man sha1sum

beeball
22nd January 2008, 10:18 AM
what about one that does both? like eXpress checksum calculator?
any ideas for an audio converter, .flac to .mp3?
Thanks!

lazlow
22nd January 2008, 10:24 AM
You can try sweep. It is a multi track editor but I THINK it can do conversions too. It is available via yum.


On of the base ideas in Linux is the right tool for the right job. So in general you will find that each separate task requires a separate tool.

trigpoint
22nd January 2008, 10:27 AM
Thanks!

What about if I just need something out of the blue? Right now, I need an audio converter, to change .flac files to .mp3 files. In Windows, I would search download.com for something. How do I find something for this in Fedora?

In this case mencoder would do what you require.

The first place to look for software to do a particular task is always to run the Package manager and use the search tag, other than that google or the search functions on these forums.

Evil_Bert
22nd January 2008, 11:33 AM
what about one that does both? like eXpress checksum calculator?
any ideas for an audio converter, .flac to .mp3?
Thanks!
Audacity will do audio editing and conversion:

yum install audacity
... or use Package Manager (Add/Remove Software) to install.

beeball
23rd January 2008, 12:17 AM
Thank you.

As all the packages' titles dont necessary describe the package, how would I search for something then?

If I type rpm -q checksum calculator, that wont necessarily find what i need, and if i found it, then i might not recognize it by the package name.

Is there a way to search for packages with random keywords (like in google) and then bring up a list of packages WITH descriptions so that I know what I am looking at?

DCOH
23rd January 2008, 12:35 AM
Switch to root install yumex when you find something that looks interesting click on it then read about it in the lower window, that simple

bob
23rd January 2008, 12:35 AM
I'd try 'yum install yumex' which is the gui version of yum. Then you can plug key words into the Search engine and it will come up with packages and descriptions. Need more? Simply search the package name online for full details.

forkbomb
23rd January 2008, 01:27 AM
Thank you.

As all the packages' titles dont necessary describe the package, how would I search for something then?

If I type rpm -q checksum calculator, that wont necessarily find what i need, and if i found it, then i might not recognize it by the package name.

Is there a way to search for packages with random keywords (like in google) and then bring up a list of packages WITH descriptions so that I know what I am looking at?

Yumex will help you search. So would the default package manager (pirut).

If you prefer using yum from the command line, you can use "yum search foo". You will get a list of packages with "foo" in the title or package description. Plus a short description of all packages returned by the command. For instance, yum search exaile gives me:

"exaile.i386 : A music player"

(There's actually another package listed that apparently has exaile listed in the description.)

Keep in mind that yumex and pirut are just graphical front-ends. You can get about as much functionality out of yum using it from the command line if you issue the right commands and switches as you would using a graphical frontend. A frontend just makes it pretty and lets those who like their rats... err, mice. :D

Also, if you don't mind the sometimes frustrating world of trying to compile and install from source, try Sourceforge (http://sourceforge.net).

lazlow
23rd January 2008, 02:03 AM
There is also the smart package manager. It does not use yum (which can be important under certain circumstances). It is also faster than yum (yum is catching up fast). It is available via yum (smart & smart-gui)

wsutton
18th February 2008, 07:20 PM
this may not belong here, But I tried to find the appropriate thread, and this one has patient explanations in it. So ( newbie) I'm finally fleeing winxp into the open arms of Fedora8. The one piece of software that I miss and get misty over is MS streets and trips. I tried installing it with wine, but MS can't find things in fedora, like it's own istallation disk or happy MS users.

So does any of that deep blue MS software run under linux, or does Fedora have something (maybe not internet dependent ) that does the same thing. Stupid question, maybe.

Wade Sutton Sr,

New bie

kicon_kijin
19th February 2008, 03:35 PM
WINE is a great tool but unfortunalty it takes a lot of work to tweak it right, however
I suggest the you copy all of the windows dll's and move them into their folder in WINE.
Microsoft software is also the hardest to install with WINE.

I look on WINE's site and found this

http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=version&iId=3962&iTestingId=902

And if you just use it to get directions Google Maps is great.

shess01
19th February 2008, 04:30 PM
Also, with regard to skype. In order to do webcam in skype you will need the skype linux beta. The latest beta is available here (http://share.skype.com/sites/garage/2008/02/skype_for_linux_beta_update_-.html)

Webcam installation is a trick but various webcam help is avalable in this forum.

sideways
19th February 2008, 05:29 PM
this may not belong here, But I tried to find the appropriate thread, and this one has patient explanations in it. So ( newbie) I'm finally fleeing winxp into the open arms of Fedora8. The one piece of software that I miss and get misty over is MS streets and trips. I tried installing it with wine, but MS can't find things in fedora, like it's own istallation disk or happy MS users.

So does any of that deep blue MS software run under linux, or does Fedora have something (maybe not internet dependent ) that does the same thing. Stupid question, maybe.

Wade Sutton Sr,

New bie

Wade,

if you have just one or two specialized apps from windows that won't run in wine then you can run a virtual windows session, you just need your windows install disc and something like VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads) (this is probably the easiest way to run windows in linux and has pretty good performance). One nice side effect is that you can now run internet explorer and not worry about you real hardrive getting infected with those nasty windows viruses.