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04-02-2003, 02:31 PM
Does linux have the features of Stardocks DesktopX and WindowsBlinds built in with all those cool animated desktop icons or would i have to install them. Would they install under linux. Would wine have any effect on the functionality.

Also does anyone know where i can buy REDhat Linux around auckland?


04-02-2003, 02:37 PM
Linux has a theme manger itself and does the same thing as Windows Blinds (It does in RedHat 8.0- Ive done it myself)

You should check into http://www.linux-shop.co.nz and have a look in there.

That's run by NZ_Liam (Pf1's very own.. ;-)) and he's just north of auckland :-)

Dolby Digital
04-02-2003, 04:43 PM
....or try www.trademe.co.nz

21-02-2003, 03:36 PM
Nvidia has the drivers for linux but doesn't the Geforce4 series need directX. How does that work?

21-02-2003, 04:03 PM
I'm not 100% sure what you mean, but there are a number of GeForce 4 cards that state that they are compatible with gnu/linux. As far as the Directx is concerned this (http://www.transgaming.com/news.php?newsid=25) article from Transmeta might help.

If you are still in the market for a linux distro Dr Floppy (http://www.drfloppy.co.nz) is in Auckland and seems to have reasonable range and prices for RedHat, SuSE and a couple of other distros.

24-02-2003, 11:37 AM
WindowBlinds or any Stardock stuff will not work on Linux as it interfaces with the Windows API. The Linux graphical system is a whole different kettle of fish to Windows so it won't work with Linux/Windows Emulators such as WINE.

To your GeForce4 question the answer is complex.
XFree86 is most common Linux X Server (an X Server makes the pretty pictures)
The latest versions of XFree86 support the GeForce4 chipset. If you bought Red Hat 8 you may find you need to upgrade XFree86 to the latest release in order to use the accelerated features of the GeForce4.
At a lower level NVidia offer a Linux Kernel plugin that interfaces directly with the Kernel. This increases your 3D speed to levels higher than Windows when running Linux 3d software (such as Quake3 or UT for Linux) You don't need the NVidia drivers to adequately use X-Windows however.

For effects such as what WindowBlinds offers a Window Manager is employed. There are numerous Window Managers available for Linux. Some are very pretty whilst others are very sleek and fast. KDE and Gnome are the two most common Window Managers.
http://www.kde.org and http://www.gnome.org both come installed with Red Hat.

If you have access to a fast Internet connection you can download a distribution such as Debian (http://www.debian.org) or SUSE (http://www.suse.com) for free....

27-02-2003, 10:18 AM
Thanks for the heads up,

is there a program or DE that is similar to DesktopX for linux?

27-02-2003, 10:04 PM
> Thanks for the heads up,
> is there a program or DE that is similar to DesktopX
> for linux?

Not that I know of, but both DE's and some WM's (Fluxbox, Blackbox, OpenBox) have their own "skinning (or theming) engines" so you don't need a program to handle that - its already built in.

28-02-2003, 11:38 AM
I haven't come across a Window Manager that is as graphical (or resource hungry) as DesktopX. Apples Aqua is its nearest equivalent but that isn't available for Linux.

I've found Linux developers focus on speed and functional features rather than copious amounts of pretty (but arguably pointless) eye-candy. X-Windows is generally slower than Windows due to the architecture so the emphasis seems to lie on making fast window managers to compensate for this.

KDE3.1 has many cool aesthetic features. Gnome 2's applets and file manager can be themed to look extremely cool if your that way inclined.
Check out http://www.kde-look.org and http://art.gnome.org to see what Linux users do to their desktops.

Alot of effort goes into emulating the Aqua interface of Apples OSX.

12-03-2003, 12:38 PM
I want to use a machine with both windows and linux on it. Is this possible? I heard that mandrake linux comes with a boot menu chooser and on the terminator pc (pcworld dec2002/jan2003) it says you can install windows 98 alongside it. Windows 98 is the version i wish to use.

And will my existing windows written CD's (nero) work with linux. It says CDFS file system.


12-03-2003, 11:31 PM
Yes and yes.

Rod J
12-03-2003, 11:58 PM
My PC is dual booting Mandrake Linux 9 and Windows 98SE and I have no problems at all with it. A pretty graphical menu pops up at boot time allowing you to choose what to boot up. I have tailored it to default to Windows if I don't choose otherwise within 10 seconds (it's all configurable). About CDs: Yes, no problem reading any CD I have bought or created including CDRW's with the UDF format (packet written). UDF format can only be read (not written to) yet in Linux I believe.

13-03-2003, 05:08 PM
cool, thanx 4 the help guys i'm getting a new pc on the weekend and now getting Mandrake Linux.