Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ubuntu Log - Entry 6

Man, tech sometimes bytes, and other times it just keeps getting better, or at least it seems to move very quickly. I thought I would have time to write more about my experience with using Ubuntu as my primary platform on my laptop, but time got away from me and before I could finish Ubuntu 10.x was released. Needless to say, I downloaded it already (The live CD) and have tested it from CD briefly.

But before I venture down that road I have to add a few more entries on the current platform 9.10 which I have installed. Last time I wrote about the apps that have crossed over to Linux from the Windows world, i.e., that they have Linux versions. But I had some that I liked that had no crossover. For that I used Wine.

I have not used Wine in probably 10 years. So I did not expect a lot. Yet it all seems to work rather well with one major hiccup for me. First there are applications that when you download and install they are actually wrapped in Wine. These are some of my favorite Google Apps: Picasa and Google Earth. But that left a few that I wanted to see if I could make work.

These are the apps: Goodsync, Notepad++, I_view32, ScreenHunter, and my all time favorite Microsoft Application - One Note.

The first thing that you need to do is download Wine. You do this from Wine HQ. Installing Wine is fairly straight forward, but there are real good tutorials, and also videos on YouTube. Because of this I will not go through the steps; but literally it only took me a minute or two. The main thing is that after you install Wine, any Windows App you want to install, you do so with Wine. You right click on the installer program, and you will see at the top it will say "Install with Wine".

I would have shown some screen shots, but I had a problem with all the screenshot taking mechanisms in Ubuntu. Not that they will not work, but that the system will not let them work with a drop down menu or a right click menu. As soon as I tried the screen shot, the menu would hide. Not so with Windows, so the advantage goes to Windows in that area.

In any case: I was able to successfully install Goodsync, Notepad++, I_view32, and ScreenHunter (ScreenHunter installs, but does not have full functionality, so I will probably not use it). By the way, the Editor that comes with Ubuntu can be configured pretty close like Notepad++, so it was just something I wanted to do. On the other hand I_view32, I do not want to do without. No Linux app comes close, and that goes the same for Goodsync, for that matter. Neither one has rival in Windows world or Linux country (my opinion).

Here was my major disappointment, I could not get One Note to work. I installed it, and that worked, even to the part or Registration with Microsoft, but then it would just blow up. Then the uninstall just whacked to the point that I just deleted the files off the system.

Now, some of the Open Source purist would say, why would you want to run that anyway, and my answer is simple: I love that app. I am not too disappointed though because I can still run it in a Virtual Machine, and there is another, not free, but available application CrossOver from CodeWeavers that should do better. I will try that and report back.

In reality I can work happy without any Windows apps on Ubuntu, but if I can have a couple that I like why not. I think it would be better if the Software vendors would develop them for Linux also. I certainly would pay for them if they did.


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