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    parents and ubuntu

    Okay since my parents windows xp computer was hacked into with "hacktool" i was finally thinking about switching them over to ubuntu or kubuntu or xubuntu. They run about the same kind of machine as i run nvidia 7950 single core 2.51 ghz 2gb of ram 250gb hardrive. the quest really is they use like mircosoft open office but i know a replace meant for that(thunderbird or evolution) but the main thing i am wordy about is photoshop for them. My dads work requires to use adobe indesign for the work that he does and i was wondering if there is a replace meant for that. Also they use turbo tax to do taxes and what not and is there a place meant for that. Also for the cannon printer i was hoping they wouldnt half to spend any extra money on turbo print or what ever it is called. If yall can please give me some ideas and some fead back about what i should do Thanks.

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    Re: parents and ubuntu

    Turbo tax currently does not work on wine and most of adobes products don't either. But the gimp is a great alternative to photo shop.

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    Well is there any alternatives for those programs well they actually still use cs2 >_< cs3 is still a little to much. I herd that cs2 runs perfectly on wine. Also there is probley some other stuff they they use i can give more feed back tomorrow probley

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    It sounds to me like they'd have an easier life in Windows. Sad, I know, but until Adobe make apps for Linux or free the source code, there's not an awful lot you can do for a prefessional working with their products. By all means, give Ubuntu a shot. Don't let me get you down!

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    YEah that sort of makes me mad well is there a linux solution on secruiing the net work? and everything that comes in and out

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    Well then go the easy way. Give them the chance to prove Ubuntu and allow your dad to work. Install some VM like VMWare or Virtualbox, there are a lot around there. That way, your dad can work with the photoshop and still be a lot safer than on windows. And install ClamAv, that will help you, or Panda, this one blocks the attempts of in filtering. I have a pretty good experience on Panda, since 3 years ago, I don't know what on earth is a virus, hack, worm, nor anything like that on Windows.
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    fedex1993 is offline Grande Half-n-Half Cinnamon Ubuntu
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    K. The funny thing is at work they use red hat servers but they use windows machines on there works laptop(not the one installing ubuntu onto) but on the desktops. Also my mom uses that computer and she is o so not good with computers ecept read email surf the web and turn it on and off lol. but i will keep looking in what else that linux migh have an alternertive for.

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    Re: parents and ubuntu

    The GIMP handles most photoshop stuff very well ... lots of professional designers prefer it. There's a learning curve, sure, but it's not insurmountable.

    TurboTax ... doesn't Intuit (the company that makes that) have a web version of TT out there now? Seems to me they were working on a beta of it during US TY 2000; should be well done by now. I'd look into that.

    Thunderbird makes a nice switch from Outlook, as long as you're not on an Exchange Server. If you're just POP'ing a mail server or using IMAP, it should be an easy transition. If they're already using the windoze version of OOo, the switch to any flavour of Linux should be a snap.

    Good luck mate ... I'd give it a whirl!

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    fedex1993 is offline Grande Half-n-Half Cinnamon Ubuntu
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    Should i dual boot it for them at first or should i do a clean isntall of everything. My other question is there anyway that i can run there windows partition in a Virtual machine?

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    There are some technical reasons why some need Photoshop. GIMP cannot handle 16bit images, and also cannot do other CMYK specifics for printing like Photoshop and InDesign. :-/

    Scribus is always an option. But if it's for company work, I agree they may need win-blows.

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