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Switching totally from windows to linux

Hi Experts,

I know that this question has been asked many times, but I will need more prcise information about certain applications. I consider migrating to linux from windows xp which is currently my development and work environment. As I mentioned it will be my os for hosting studios for developping applications and furthermore the normal daily working and life applications. I need the following as open source if not possible then free if not possbile then commercial, the disto which I installed is SUSE 10.

1--an office with macros, I have heared of open office, does it support macros? and are they the same as VBA macros
2-shortcut program like WinKey
3-free calling software like voipbuster ...
4-outlook like program,with  calenders contacts, notes,etc...
5-instant dictionaries or clicktionaries from english -english, english german.
6-a program that opens the compressing in all kinds like ,zip, rar ,bin  etc.... or most of them.
7-is there a website that lists all the software and latest versions and descriptions that are available for linux like windows
8-a good antivirus program and firewall (important)

9-a partition magic alike software, for partitioning disks
10-Alcohol 120% alike software (emulators for cd)
11-which disto do you recommend me, I already installed SUSE, but would like to hear you experts
12-the above are preferable to be open source when not then free when not then no problem if they cost , please indicate when giving  more han one candidate for each point is highly welcomed and please give your openion or at lease links to the candidates so I can quickly read it

13-will I be able to open windows without rebooting?
14-will I be able to install applications designed for windows in a way or another on linux?

I know they are many questions, but an expert should have used most of the mentioned or most of them in his daily life.
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alifaik
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Hi alifaik,
> 1--an office with macros, I have heared of open office, does it support
> macros? and are they the same as VBA macros

OpenOffice is a great program with a Windows version.  Test it if you like.  It does have macro functionality, but it doesn't support VBA - I know of no product other than those by microsoft that does support VBA.

> 2-shortcut program like WinKey

Never used Winkey - I use a combination of command line and GUI apps and while I can see how some might find it useful, I've never had the inclination to look for such a program.

> 3-free calling software like voipbuster ...

Not sure - don't use any apps, just physical VoIP Hardware... maybe this?
http://www.linux.org/apps/AppId_6883.html

> 4-outlook like program,with  calenders contacts, notes,etc...

Ximian Evolution which is now owned by Novell and likely included with Suse already.

> 5-instant dictionaries or clicktionaries from english -english, english german.
Probably - check the software link I provided below.  Many apps have built in spellcheck dictionaries, but I'm not sure about integrating them with basic apps that don't typically have built in dictionaries.

> 6-a program that opens the compressing in all kinds like ,zip, rar ,bin  
> etc.... or most of them.

These programs are built in to the OS, usually command line, but there should be GUI shells available.

> 7-is there a website that lists all the software and latest versions
> and descriptions that are available for linux like windows

If you used a debian based version you would have apt - apt can provide a list of all packages available in the general repository.  Otherwise, you might want to check out this site:
http://www.linux.org/apps/index.html

> 8-a good antivirus program and firewall (important)

CLAM Antivirus is pretty much the linux standard.  Some companies, such as McAfee are now offering antivirus programs as well, though I believe primarily for businesses.

> 9-a partition magic alike software, for partitioning disks

cfdisk and other command line programs exist to create partitions.  Partition Magic (or at least partition commander) should be able to resize linux partitions.  But regardless of OS, whenever you use a partition resizing program you are risking corrupting your drive.

> 10-Alcohol 120% alike software (emulators for cd)

Linux can natively mount ISO images - no emulators needed.

> 11-which disto do you recommend me, I already installed SUSE, but would
> like to hear you experts

Whichever you like.  For beginners, Suse and Fedora are often recommended.

> 12-the above are preferable to be open source when not then free when
> not then no problem if they cost , please indicate when giving  more
> han one candidate for each point is highly welcomed and please give
> your openion or at lease links to the candidates so I can quickly read it

> 13-will I be able to open windows without rebooting?

Microsoft Windows?  No.  Assuming you are dual booting.  You can get software like VMWare which you can then run a Virtual computer within Linux and Run Windows on that.

> 14-will I be able to install applications designed for windows in a
> way or another on linux?

Maybe.  You can use Windows emulators, like Wine and Crossover Office, but not all programs will run.  Linux is NOT Windows and Windows is NOT open source so people can't easily figure out how to get it to run Windows.  Besides that, the libraries of functions and methods of doing things are often different.  Expecting Linux to run Windows apps is like expecting to know how to fly a plane because you know how to drive a car.  The best way to run most Windows programs is to use a Virtual Machine with VMWare OR dual boot OR have a Windows system and a Linux system.


Cheers!
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alifaikAuthor Commented:
-what is the language of the macros in open office please? is it a special one?
-does the physical VoIP enables u to call landlines? I guess no, i use skype, which has a linux version but I thought u might know other app.
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I use Vonage.  Vonage has a softphone for Windows, but not sure about linux.

I'm not sure the details on the open office macros - the menu option is there to record macros - like I said, it's free, download it and try it.
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MysidiaCommented:
> 1--an office with macros, I have heared of open office, does it support macros? and are they the same as VBA macros

Yes, OpenOffice supports macros; no, they're not exactly the same as Office VBA macros.
OpenOffice macros are written in a language they call OOo Basic.

There are at least superficial similarities between OOo Basic and VBA; the APIs differ.
OpenOffice also has a limited ability to support the VBA model...
See http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/VBA

There is some information about OO macro language here:
http://software.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=05/09/20/1840248&tid=152

http://www.pitonyak.org/AndrewMacro.pdf
http://scripting.openoffice.org/


> 2-shortcut program like WinKey

You don't need a shortcut program like winkey normally, because it's built in.. that is:

On several popular Linux desktop environments, you can define shortcut keys, without needing
to additional software (beyond the desktop environment and the control panel, which a standard
install of most major distributions will include)


> 6-a program that opens the compressing in all kinds like ,zip, rar ,bin  
> etc.... or most of them.

A standard install of most distributions will include a tool,
such as  Ark or Karchiver, which is capable of just that.

>7-is there a website that lists all the software and latest versions and descriptions that are available for linux like >windows

There is no such website that lists all software available for windows...
In the  Linux world, most of the software you would want to install will be installed from CDs distributed
with the system.

You can use a graphical tool which ships with the distribution,  like synaptic, to select and install packages;
yes, you can see descriptions for such packages  before or after installing/updating them.

>8-a good antivirus program and firewall (important)

You can use ClamAv to check/confirm infection of a file by common e-mail worms; then you can
delete infected files, there won't be a "repair"  capability with ClamAv.

There are commercial Linux AV tools also, but you shouldn't need one, unless the Linux machine is running
a mail server or other facility that exchanges files with Windows machines, AND you need to scan
for the benefit of those Windows machines utilizing a service on the Linux machine, to prevent one
Windows machine from infecting another Windows machine, for instance.

You don't need antivirus software to protect a Linux machine, because there are no known infection
threats in circulation --- I suppose you could install a phantom AV with a  0Kb pattern file to pretend to scan
your files for phantom Linux viruses, but at this point, that should be an expense you could delay - if you install
one of the major products, it will be scanning your system for Windows viruses.

Packet filtering is part of the kernel, this is what is sometimes referred to as a "Firewall", within Windows; it is
flexible, and can be configured to only allow certain ports, but is a pain, and firewalling in this way scant
protection, no matter what OS you're using; it's better to turn off the unnecessary services.

Strictly speaking, "firewall software", filtering software, running on a client machine, is not really an
actual firewall, whether Linux or Windows, unless it's running on dedicated equipment (designed and
configured with that purpose in mind, and placed in between a trusted network and an untrusted one).

>9-a partition magic alike software, for partitioning disks

There are partitioning tools available;  cfdisk is the command-line tool normally use.  
There's a tool called Parted  and a graphical user interface called PartGUI:
http://part-gui.sourceforge.net/screenshots.php
http://www.gnu.org/software/parted/

The Linux installers will generally include graphical tools  for setting up the partitions during installation.

Resizing partitions on the main hard disk after creation is inherently dangerous, in that the either of the
one or two filesystems being resized may be corrupted.


> 13-will I be able to open windows without rebooting?

In a dual-boot configuration, no.

It is possible to emulate windows inside a virtual machine;  for instance, using Xen or VMWare,
if you are using a Linux distribution that supports it.

VMWare is expensive, costing >$100.  

Xen is open source, but may be much harder for you to get it to work -- if even possible.

It is not a very thorough way to migrate away from Windows, however.

> 14-will I be able to install applications designed for windows in a way or another on linux?

See (13),  there is an API emulation tool called  WINE which may help, too.

It's possible for many applications it will be possible, but there will be some tradeoff...

In either case, you are emulating aspects of windows in some manner; and there will be a performance
impact on the operation of Windows Linux or both..., or in having to use more powerful hardware than
otherwise, to meet a certain level of performance.

With a dual boot configuration for running windows apps, you have no performance impact; instead,
the disadvantage of reboots every time you want to switch application environments, however.

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cjl7Commented:
Hi,

You are looking to find a simular program that does exactly what it did in Windows!?!

Why not stay with windows then?

If not welcome to the OpenSource side and try to find new (better/worse) stuff here. (You will, don't worry).
Have a look at Ubuntu (www.ubuntulinux.org), it is a good start for beginners.
I like Gentoo (www.gentoo.org), it is very well documented and the mailing-lists and forums are well maintained...

Good luck!

Jonas
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alifaikAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all of you
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