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Posted by vladimir_l [send private reply] at February 13, 2002, 05:22:20 PM

I am thinking of installing Linux , I want a clean and good development enviroment. Window is too risky and has too many errors and even Borland C++ 5.02 breaks down , I have to use BC++ 3.1. Would linux be the best for this job ? I also want to keep Windows.

I have 5 questions:
My printer(s) wont work , right ?
My mice will work , right ?
There are some C++ compilers \IDE for Linux ?
Redhat 7.1 Preofessional would be best for this job ?

Thankyou , I dont usually ask questions , I find thm in books : ) . But I am havig difficulty deciding. And I have no prior knowledge on Linux : (.

-Vlad

Posted by taubz [send private reply] at February 13, 2002, 06:34:24 PM

> My printer(s) wont work , right ?

Depends on the printer, I would think. I have yet to print anything from Linux.

> My mice will work , right ?

Yes. My new USB mouse (Microsoft Intellimouse Optical) works fine.

> There are some C++ compilers \IDE for Linux ?

There's one compiler that people use - the GNU compiler, gcc. It's quite nice. There are probably a bunch of IDEs... but using the command line just takes a few keystrokes too. (Easier than DOS.)

> Redhat 7.1 Preofessional would be best for this job ?

Any RH. 7.2 too. Actually, GNOME didn't work for me when I installed 7.2... I put on Ximian desktop afterwards, which seemed to fix it up.

Good luck!

- taubz

Posted by CodeRed [send private reply] at February 13, 2002, 08:08:19 PM

Use K not gnome

Posted by gian [send private reply] at February 14, 2002, 12:08:31 AM

RH7.2 w/ Gnome works like a charm for me... My network printer works, as does my no-name PS2 Mouse.

Oh, and gcc rocks the party.

Posted by vladimir_l [send private reply] at February 14, 2002, 05:21:50 AM

Thank really much.

Posted by metamorphic [send private reply] at February 14, 2002, 08:10:15 AM

Could always use mandrake ;)

Posted by gian [send private reply] at February 15, 2002, 01:27:19 AM

Yes, and you too can use money to wipe your mouth, and live in a capitalist pig-sty :-)

Posted by metamorphic [send private reply] at February 15, 2002, 05:21:22 AM

Actually, should i ever need to wipe my mouth, i'd use a tissue or printer paper, whichever is closer.

What i meant was you can get Linux from loads of sites. Mandrake (3 CD's) cost me 3 (indluding shipping) which is about $5. You just dont get the manual or tech support. You dont have to get the real thing (although its nice to so that you support development).

If your on the cheap though loads of sites sell the downloadable ISO image burn onto a CD for less than a few bucks.

If you want to try Linux first, before diving in to using it completly i would recommend getting one of these CD's. You get to have loads of distro's too (:

Posted by unknown_lamer [send private reply] at February 19, 2002, 03:19:11 PM

Using Debian! So, the install is a bit hard, but once you get it installed, it runs. And it runs. And then it runs some more. All without your intervention. Its like climbing up a tall mountain and then finding out that there is no other side, the land is just higher here. So, to answer your questions:

> My printers won't work
Yes they will. apt-get install apsfilter and gs. Run apsfilter (this should be done automatically during the installation) and tell it what printer you want, the resolution you want, paper size, and a few other things (that don't matter for most people). You will now be able to print.

> My mice will work
Yes. Serial, PS/2, and USB mice all work (I've used all three over the past year or so).

> There are some C++ Compilers / IDE
You have good old GCC, which is a decent C++ compiler (when installing Debian, install woody so you can get GCC/g++ 3.x which is a _much_ nicer compiler than 2.95). For IDEs, you have EMACS (not really and IDE, but close enough) for the brave or a few others for the not-so-brave (KDE Studio is nice if you want something that is almost exactly the same as VC++).

> Redhat 7.1 ...
I reccommend Debian, but RedHat would do. If you have to use an RPM based distro, then at least use Mandrake or SuSE (Mandrake is really easy to install). The problem is that Redhat and the like might be easy to install, but what happens when you want to upgrade to a new version? Or install a program? That is where Debian shines. Sure, the install will make you want to kill yourself (maybe people say that, I dunno, I found it to be easy enough but then again I'm not normal...), but once Debian is running, it never stops. Want to install a new package? Easy! Just apt-get install it. Configuration is also easy with tools like modconf, update-alternatives, etc.

Posted by metamorphic [send private reply] at February 20, 2002, 06:04:27 AM

madrake now has mandrake online that automaticly updates your packages and kernal.

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