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himagain
May 16th, 2008, 12:46 AM
Hi people,
Quick history:
Been a trier of Linux for years and years - never got a single distro to work fully/properly. Ubuntu has been closest. I'm a serious 'Net user (trying to make a living).
I do a lot of research (am a writer) and get hit with viruses and nasties non-stop. (Get 800+ emails per day, on net av. 9 hours seriously - do not play games - do not have a single on on my system.

I only need a few programs from Windows, but can't find their equals in Linux.
1. DragonDictate (professional voice-2-text program) The only one of its kind that works.
2. Dreamweaver (Website building seriously)
3. EudoraPro (THE email program for serious users)
(No Penelope is not gonna make it I fear)

I have bitten the bullet and started using VIRTUAL MACHINES.
Settled on VirtualBox after lots of pain. It is STILL painful, but works.

SO:
Installed Kbuntu on a clean new machine.
Installed Vbox.
Installed XP inside the Vbox.

It looks like the only course to take for someone like me who needs certain programs (really needs them) and has many advantages. Not to be confused with DUAL BOOTING.

I am going to post my experiences in more depth on the VIRTUALISATION Discussion shortly under "Best Of Both Worlds" heading and hope to get a good flow there for normal business-type users - not too technical and full of COMMAND LINE scary stuff.

Please, if you are a serious user, do join in to the thread - who knows we may finish up with a very useful Group.

Cheers!

Sam
May 16th, 2008, 01:16 AM
1. DragonDictate (professional voice-2-text program) The only one of its kind that works.


espeak "hello world" #Say "hello world"
espeak -f <file> #Read the content of <file>
espeak --help #All the help


EDIT: Oooops I should not post at 2am... I read text-2-voice... My bad, sorry.

madjr
May 16th, 2008, 04:10 AM
try linux app finder

http://linuxappfinder.com/alternatives

you may also try Wine and see if your apps work in linux.

am also a serious website builder i don't use dreamweaver. I usually use content management systems (cms), quanta +, kompozer and mostly hand coding.

diogenes2
June 27th, 2008, 11:52 AM
try linux app finder

http://linuxappfinder.com/alternatives

you may also try Wine and see if your apps work in linux.

am also a serious website builder i don't use dreamweaver. I usually use content management systems (cms), quanta +, kompozer and mostly hand coding.

Hi Madjr,
Am thinking of trying *some* of those options now. EXCEPT for handcoding...... :-(
Which CMSs have you tried/prefer?

Cheers!
Himagain
(Am also Diogenes2 - thanked you as Dio!)

fatality_uk
June 27th, 2008, 12:20 PM
DreamWeaver will work with WINE. I have it running on in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy)

Dragon will also work under WINE
http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?versionId=3227

Some speech software
http://sound.condorow.net/speech.html

jethro10
June 27th, 2008, 12:24 PM
I'd certainly agree about Dreamweaver, used if for ages under a production environment until we moved to CMS based websites.
J

ice60
June 27th, 2008, 06:23 PM
i know this thread is old now, but it's not that difficult to have a 100% safe environment in windows, just ask about a setup in a windows security forum.

acelin
June 27th, 2008, 06:52 PM
i know this thread is old now, but it's not that difficult to have a 100% safe environment in windows, just ask about a setup in a windows security forum.

Bad advice.

wrtpeeps
June 27th, 2008, 07:01 PM
Bad advice.

I'd like to know how that is bad advice?

It IS possible to make windows extremely safe, so long as you are willing to put the effort and time into configuration.

ladr0n
June 27th, 2008, 07:07 PM
The only way to make a windows environment approach the security of a *nix OS is to limit its internet connectivity. In this case, that isn't an option. An active web developer needs constant access to the web. No amount of hardware firewalls, virus protection programs, etc can compensate for poor OS design. I tried that for years (and my dad is still trying, though he's about to give up and leave the dark side) but windows simply isn't secure.

timcredible
June 27th, 2008, 07:10 PM
2. Dreamweaver (Website building seriously)

if you want a good website, put dreamweaver away and use joomla (http://joomla.org). honestly, i can make a better looking website with more functionality by using joomla and not knowing a darn thing about html than 99.9999999% of dreamweaver users can.

rickyjones
June 27th, 2008, 08:45 PM
Bad advice.

I'd love to hear your specific examples as to why you believe that Windows cannot be secured, other than disconnecting it from the internet.

Obviously it can be secured because none of my personal Windows machines are infected by viruses or spyware. They are also connected to the internet.

After I configure a client's workstation the only calls I get are related to software configuration issues or hardware issues. Unless, like one of my customers, they continually visit infested porn sites and click "Yes" and "OK" to any and all pop-ups.

To say that using Windows is "bad advice" is FUD, plain and simple. I ask that you please leave FUD out of the equation and use facts, especially when discussing security.

Thanks,
Richard

madjr
June 27th, 2008, 09:38 PM
Hi Madjr,
Am thinking of trying *some* of those options now. EXCEPT for handcoding...... :-(
Which CMSs have you tried/prefer?

Cheers!
Himagain
(Am also Diogenes2 - thanked you as Dio!)


Drupal FTW!!

oh and joomla is nice too.

ice60
June 28th, 2008, 01:47 AM
Bad advice.
no it's not! i don't give bad advice so you're wrong :P

himagain
August 15th, 2008, 05:19 AM
DreamWeaver will work with WINE. I have it running on in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy)

Dragon will also work under WINE
http://appdb.winehq.org/appview.php?versionId=3227

Some speech software
http://sound.condorow.net/speech.html

Hi there,
Thanks for the info.
I haven't even been able to figure out how to get Wine working, yet:confused:
Dragon reports on Wine show it isn't really a show. Many problems. Is faster to type! :(
Looks like the whole alternative effort to Dragon has given up. Most of the key Sites are gone. :(

Also seems like the best way to go is via VirtualBox or similar, it seems you might be able to get the best of both worlds .......... if of course, you can get the VirtualBox to go.
I'm actually running it now with only one real big problem - no sound.
So no Dragon.
BUT I have all of my others available! :)

Cheers!