Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Nov 2006 10:55 UTC, submitted by Jean Claude
Linux French députés' offices will be equipped with a Linux operating system and open source productivity software. There will be 1154 French parliamentary workstations running on an open source OS, with OpenOffice.org, Firefox and an open source email client.
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RE[7]: WOW!
by Xaero_Vincent on Mon 27th Nov 2006 21:14 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: WOW!"
Xaero_Vincent
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2006-08-18

They would learn about Wine, CrossOver Office, and Cedega and how they allow you to run thousands of Windows applications and games. For those who dont like paying, the last two could possibly be found illegally with some googling.

They would also learn about the open-source and even commercial alternatives that replace their Windows counterparts.

Example:

Gimp (FOSS), Pixel (Commercial), Photoshop (Windows)

All three will run on Linux. But Pixel could easily replace Gimp and/or Photoshop as a low-cost Photoshop clone that runs natively on Linux.

Edited 2006-11-27 21:15

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RE[8]: WOW!
by tomcat on Mon 27th Nov 2006 21:35 in reply to "RE[7]: WOW!"
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2006-01-06

They would learn about Wine, CrossOver Office, and Cedega and how they allow you to run thousands of Windows applications and games. For those who dont like paying, the last two could possibly be found illegally with some googling.


Consumers can barely do email and browse the web. Asking them to use Wine, CrossOver Office, and Cedega is like asking them to perform brain surgery. Not gonna happen -- and it hasn't happened, either.

Gimp (FOSS), Pixel (Commercial), Photoshop (Windows)

All three will run on Linux. But Pixel could easily replace Gimp and/or Photoshop as a low-cost Photoshop clone that runs natively on Linux.


You're seriously high if you think that Gimp is equivalent to Photoshop.

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RE[9]: WOW!
by Xaero_Vincent on Mon 27th Nov 2006 21:52 in reply to "RE[8]: WOW!"
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2006-08-18

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Consumers can barely do email and browse the web.
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If thats all they did then Evolution or KMail and Firefox or Opera could suite them admirely.

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You're seriously high if you think that Gimp is equivalent to Photoshop.
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The interface might be different but Gimp can do almost everything Photoshop can, especially with additional plugins.

That wasn't my point though. Users could easily install Photoshop on Linux and run it in WINE or CrossOver. They could also buy Pixel (Photoshop clone) for around $32 ($79 later) and use that natively.

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RE[9]: WOW!
by archiesteel on Tue 28th Nov 2006 01:37 in reply to "RE[8]: WOW!"
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2005-07-02

You're seriously high if you think that Gimp is equivalent to Photoshop.

For non-print work? Yes it is.

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RE[9]: WOW!
by archiesteel on Tue 28th Nov 2006 01:40 in reply to "RE[8]: WOW!"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

Asking them to use Wine, CrossOver Office, and Cedega is like asking them to perform brain surgery

You obviously haven't tried either Crossover Office or Cedega.

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RE[8]: WOW!
by NotParker on Mon 27th Nov 2006 21:38 in reply to "RE[7]: WOW!"
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2006-06-01

They would learn about Wine, CrossOver Office, and Cedega and how they allow you to run thousands of Windows applications and games.

Sure! And they could play "recompile the kernel" for fun!

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RE[9]: WOW!
by Xaero_Vincent on Mon 27th Nov 2006 21:43 in reply to "RE[8]: WOW!"
Xaero_Vincent Member since:
2006-08-18

You are a fool to think using Wine, CrossOver, or Cedega is remotely difficult. All of them have GUI interfaces for configuring settings and installing and uninstalling apps.

Wine sometimes requires some hacks to get things working but thats nothing a quick search on WineHQ can't handle.

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