[oclug] Good Point
james.leigh at ottawa.com
Thu Mar 22 19:42:03 EST 2001
Just to add a few more to the list....
On Thu, 22 Mar 2001 17:05:37 David F. Skoll wrote:
> On Thu, 22 Mar 2001, Jon Earle wrote:
> > - No full-featured email client to rival Eudora (or Outlook, Calypso,
> > as other examples)
> What features are missing from the various Linux clients? Seriously,
> when people say "full-featured", I read "bloated and complex."
> > - No full-featured newsreader to rival Agent (or newsXpress, etc.)
> What features are missing from (for example) knode?
Never heard of Knode, but Pan has too many features for me to know them
> > - Nothing to really come close to CD creating software such as Easy CD
> > Creator, etc.
> What's wrong with GCombust or all the other cdrecord front-ends?
GCombust what is that like I am using GToaster and am very happy with it,
but I would like to try others too. GToaster is a gnome front end to
cdrecord. I was wandering what permission do I need to change to have
GToater run as a normal user? I am using sudo to run it now.
> > - Visio equivalent? Likely difficult since it's owned by MS.
> Here, you are right. Dia is nowhere near as sophisticated as Visio yet.
Dia is good for. The only it does not have is all the resources that visio
> > - Tax prep software (forms acceptable by CCRA)?
> There are Web-based tax prep services which work with Linux.
> > Aside from sound, which I have great trouble getting running at all
> > Linux (older Soundscape Elite card which I can't replace 'cause all my
> > slots are full) but which works perfectly in full duplex mode under
> > Windows,
> ALSA (www.alsa-project.org) probably has a fix for that.
> > and that my mouse wheel doesn't work as a wheel (works as a 3rd
> > button),
> XFree86 4.0.3 probably has a fix for that.
I am using X4 and did not have any problem with my wheel mouse (although
that is because of debain).
> > that covers the main stuff. Other little things like instant
> > messaging, search wrappers like Copernicus, archive management, etc are
> > nice, but could be given up.
> Konqueror has excellent search wrappers. What do you mean by
> "Archive Management"?
> > I'd also have to investigate what, if anything, would play Quicktime,
> > avi, etc media files, VCDs, and locate flight planning software for
Nice the codecs for these are win32 you need a >450MHz to run them through
wine, but as far as I know everything, but the lastest version of Quicktime
run well under linux. I myself enjoy watching VCDs and DivX under linux.
I also heard from avifile that it runs asf files too.
> Proprietary multimedia files are a problem, and always will be on Linux.
> There is little incentive for Apple or Microsoft to port their offerings
> to Linux.
> For flight planning, there's http://www.ibiblio.org/fplan/.
> When you choose Linux over Windows, you have to give up some apps.
> However, the same thing happens when you choose Windows over Linux.
> Frankly, given the lack (until recently) of meaningful corporate
> support for Linux, I'm quite gratified by the wealth of applications
> which are available. And I'm willing to trade away the ability to
> listen to .ASF files or watch DVD movies in return for gaining
I do not speakl from experince, but as far as I know the DVD players work
(asf see above)
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