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Re: Wow, and some questions

> 1) I am incredibly knowledgable in Win95/NT. will i be able to run both
> Operating Systems if i partition my hdd?

Yup.  My own setup has DOS/Win 3.1, Win95, OS/2 and Debian on the same
1.2 GB drive.  Win95 and OS/2 both are pretty minimal setups, though.

> 2) how do i install it (just a quick overview, i've read over the
> installation a lot, and it is really difficult to understand, for me...)

Don't know about the official CD (I installed in the 1.2 days), but even
then, it was pretty simple.  At the time you had to create 5 installation
disks, boot the first one and follow the instructions.

Nowadays, I hear all you have to do is boot from the CD (if your bios
takes it) or from a single disk you've created.  Follow the instructions.
If you know how to partition a drive, you're in business.  I personally
found the Debian install program to be the most straightforward I've
seen (kudos to those who wrote it!), as it basically lays down the
steps for you.

> 3) i'm in! it's AMAZING (i'm assuming), how do i set up communications
> for a win95 compatible modem? Now that i have it, can i download a web
> browser for it from win95 then open it in linux? or is disk format
> totally different?
>         - if so, what do i do?

For the modem, if it's a Winmodem, forget it ; those things require a
driver from the manufacturer, and the manufacturer doesn't consider
Linux important enough to write a driver for it.  In addition, those
things are totally braindamaged, i.e., the CPU has to do almost all of
the work for the modem.  This is totally unacceptable in a multitasking
environment, IMHO.

If it's merely a PnP modem, you'll need to mess with the jumpers (if
available) or isapnptool (if there are no jumpers).  I can't help
much here ; my own modem has jumpers.

If it's external, then you won't have ANY problems of any kind.

As for downloading stuff from Win95 for use with Linux, it's easy :
Linux can read Win95 partitions (FAT32 requires a kernel patch,
though).  It can be used (almost) as a normal Linux partition.

> 4) What productivity software is available? (word processing etc)

Corel Wordperfect, StarOffice, Applixware, etc... Those are the commercial

I personally prefer free options (student, y'know), so I've used LyX for
a while.  LyX is pretty friendly and feels like your "regular" word
processor.  It's still beta, though, and there are some things it can't
do unless you know LaTeX already.

If you are willing to spend a little extra time learning a quasi
programming language, LaTeX yields results that you'd expect from a
professional book printer (actually, some books are generated entirely
with LaTeX nowadays).  It's not wysiwyg, though, and that takes some
getting used to.  The results are definitely worth it, though.  Plus,
it's free.

I find the single most useful productivity app _ever_ is emacs, the
do-it-all text editor.  That program alone can save you a lot of time
if you use the add-ons supplied for it.  I'm currently writing this
message in it. :)

Benoit Goudreault-Emond
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