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Re: How far is the jump from a MAC 0S-8 to SuSe?

  • Subject: Re: How far is the jump from a MAC 0S-8 to SuSe?
  • From: "piperut" <rbehunin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: 15 Sep 2005 06:47:40 -0700
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Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> __/ [piperut] on Wednesday 14 September 2005 20:32 \__
> > Someone I know is using an old Machintosh computer with OS-8 on it.
> > Now I have managed to round up some hardware, and think I can put
> > together something like an 833mz computer for her.
> >
> > At work we are stuck with windows.
> >
> > However, if she is used to a Machintosh running OS-8 - just how much of
> > a learning curve would it put her on to move her to a SuSe box?
> >
> > I have 9.3 right now, and I was going to order 10.0 anyway when it
> > comes out.
> > I don't know if I really need the treeware that comes with it.
> >
> > I really don't know much about a Mac...
> > Anyway, just how much different is Linux then Machintosh?
> >
> > Thanks in advance,
> >
> > roland
> Hi Roland,
> I have a Mac OS 9 machine at work although I use SuSE most of the time.
> Maybe I can think of a few difficulties that would arise:
> -As already mentioned, right-clicking is something to adapt to. In KDE, this
> is rarely necessary. Even drag-and-drop (left clicking in right-handed
> mice) would bring up the context menu.
> -Scrolling - relates to the point above, but Not a crucial factor however.
> It is a matter of productivity. In the Macs, believe it or not, unless you
> use the keyboard, you must drag that annoying little thing on the right (or
> left?).
> -Installation has been mentioned, but with SuSE there shouldn't be a need
> for frequent installations. The software that's bundled is rather
> comprehensive already.
> -Login screen - not a serious peril, of course.
> -Command-line - may be a big deterrent. Mac users might be scared to see so
> much text when booting up. Better stick to the SuSE progress bar, which
> equates to that smiley face icon, which gets shown from the very first
> instance of booting (not even BIOS, I remind you). Kernel panic or Debian
> (and derivative) command-line-like booting is as bad as can be.
> -Browsing and file management - Netscape/IE on the older Macs are not any
> simpler to use than Konqueror/Firefox.
>    Make sure you have the hard-drive icon on the desktop. The file structure
> may be deceiving. Hide all conceivable 'junk' that does not make sense to
> the user. Only programs and personal files (e.g. documents) should ideally
> show up.
> Task bar - significant change there. The idea of a (usually) horizonal task
> bar might be baffling. Avoid external taskbars if possible.
> Lastly, do the following: (based on what I see in KDE 3.1)
>    Control Center -> Appearance & Themes -> Style -> Miscellaneous -> Tick
> "Menubar on top of the screen in the style of MacOS.
> Hope it helps,
> Roy

Hi Roy,

We are using Windows XP at work...
However, I really don't like the thing.

I can set up KDE for auto login so it just boots into the kde menu,
instead of a login screen.  That is actually the way I have my computer
at home set.

I like the menubar on the left, but I can put it at the top.  That is
not a real problem.

She is fairly sharp, so the junk might not be a problem.


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