Rev's Portability

Jim Ault JimAultWins at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 29 10:01:52 EST 2006


Very good response and your points are well-made.
I use both Mac and Win computers and have for years. Linux is still foreign
to me only because I have apps and workflow that is not supported there.

I am rooting for Linux to surge to the forefront with power apps and a
cleaner user experience.  I would add Linux to the arsenal, especially for
the internet exposure, if it were practical for me.  The Mac is my familiar
world and does quite well on the net.

>  The very fact that,
> different to Linux, Windows computers often have multiple logical drives makes
> direct translation of the file systems absolutely impossible. I think this
> issue depends on exactly what programs we are talking about.
Hmmm, I wonder if someone on the list has solved this, or a Linux library
would handle the tricky issues you describe.

Good thread.

Jim Ault
Las Vegas

On 12/29/06 4:47 AM, "Robert John Warren" <bobwarren at howsoft.com> wrote:

> Jim Ault wrote:
> 
>> I think you need to look at several solutions to the cross platform issues,
> as well as your pendrive solution.
> 
> --------------------------------
> Oh, most certainly, Jim. But for a number of applications, it would be a
> useful solution.
> 
> --------------------------------
> Jim Ault wrote:
> 
> 
>> I believe you are booting from the
> pendrive, which will not work in any of my needs.  My programs need to run
> while other native programs run (Excel, FoxPro, Stata, Entourage, Photoshop,
> Timbuktu, and many more).  This means that Linux is not an option for me.
> 
> -------------------------------
> Fair enough. But as you get into Linux you will see that the other native
> programs already have quite good substitutes. Open Office for example is
> really very good. Like many others, I keep my Windows around so that I can
> continue to use programs like Photoshop. Photoshop's Linux clone ("Pixel") for
> example is still in beta, but I imagine (hope) it won't take too long to be
> ready for productive use.
> 
> For many reasons, Windows is no longer an option for me. After my recent
> experiences I wouldn't dare using it for anything connected to the Internet
> for instance. It is SO good to be free of viruses and spyware in Linux! For me
> personally, that is sufficient to justify Linux's use. But of course, that is
> not the case of everybody (at least not yet). We all have different needs in
> different situations and at different times. What could be more natural and
> normal in this diverse world of ours? Whether or not we see alternatives as
> options is not always entirely determined by the objective reasons we choose
> to put forward. We often have deeper reasons for the choices we make. But
> please don't take it that I am speaking about you specifically! We all do it.
> 
> --------------------------------
> Jim Ault wrote:
> 
>> Yes, path names is one of the issues, but is easily handled.
> --------------------------------
> 
> I wish I always found it so easy as you portray! For an extreme example,
> please see my picture chooser widgets at
> http://www.howsoft.com/runrev/stacks.htm . These widgets are for Windows and
> for Linux. I couldn't produce a Mac version because I don't possess a
> Macintosh computer (they are too expensive in Brazil). The very fact that,
> different to Linux, Windows computers often have multiple logical drives makes
> direct translation of the file systems absolutely impossible. I think this
> issue depends on exactly what programs we are talking about.
> 
> In sum, the only thing I want to point out is that Linux is a useful addition
> to many people in a number of situations (or to "some" people in "a few"
> situations if that is what one's political rhetoric requires). The idea that
> Linux is best avoided (not your general implication!) is really rather silly.
> It's out of date.
> 
> Regards,
> Bob
> 
> 
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