Is the Linux desktop really here ? was: Re: [linux-audio-user] ebay guy: looks like he figured it out

Gustavo Zamorano S. gzsuniq at
Mon Dec 8 09:57:46 EST 2003


Here are some notes:

Web browser:

Get latest Mozilla release from  It could be 1.5 or the 
1.6 beta.

Install java from

Also install the rpm plugger  or get latest from

About printing from Mozilla:

To get a better printout from Mozilla you need to get the xprint printer 
server from .

Mozilla will try to contact xprint to print. If xprint is installed it 
will show you the list of installed printers, if not, it will just give 
you option to select the print command (e.g. lpr).
Using xprint you can first select a print preview, then you can decrease 
or increase font size , then send it to the desired printer.  It will 
save you some extra pages.
For example, using xprint will not split the last line so half line 
appears in one page and half line appears on the next one.  Xprint will 
avoid that.

Xprint is used by another applications if installed.


Some Linux brands, like Red Hat are not including the MP3 plugin due to 
copyrights.  But, you can get them from
You can also get lot of plugins for XMMS, including ALSA or ARTSD plugins.

For word processing, of course: Openoffice 1.1.  You can now create PDF 
files fast! and open or create all kind of MS Office files.

Jpilot will work with your Palm or Visor PDA.  There is a lot of Palm 
pilot commands.

You can use kshowmail as a email checker.

You can get acrobat reader from Adobe.  Linux has some other PDF readers.

Be sure to get latest Alsa drivers.

To chat with MSN friends: get AMSN  or GAIM.  You can also get Yahoo 
messenger or AOL AIM messenger.

To have a Winmodem working:  Pray a lot.  They are plug and pray.

To buy a digital camera: Fisrt look if it is supported by Linux. 
Digital Cameras are plug and play if suported by Linux.

To edit ascii files:  VI of course.

To edit images:  Gimp.

Then, have all of them  to try to get to level 25 in ksokoban.


Dave Phillips wrote:
> tim hall wrote:
>> PS: Watching my nine-year old and various friends use my system, I'd 
>> say the Linux Desktop for casual users is here, given the availability 
>> of technical support. IMX it's the configuration that is difficult, 
>> not the installation & usage.
> Hi Tim:
>  A few days ago I wrote to the list and recounted a story about setting 
> up a Windows 2000 system for some
> very non-computer-savvy friends of mine. Well, that saga knows no end: I 
> had to go to their house yesterday
> and get it going for them again. It's true that they are *really* in the 
> dark about their machine, but it's got so
> ridiculous that I've decided on a new plan. I'm going to set up a Linux 
> box for them and see how they do with it.
> These people do very little else but use a Web browser (what they call 
> "the computer") so I want to see just how
> hard or easy it would be for them to use a modern Linux system. It'll be 
> an interesting experiment, and if I have to deal
> with the system at least it will be a real OS with real tools and the 
> real possibility of actually fixing it if it breaks.
> Win2K is nice, but what a vacant system ! I can't believe people have 
> paid so much and received so little in return
> for their money.
>  Anyway, if this experiment works I'll report back to this group. The 
> folks using this box aren't music/sound people,
> but I do plan on setting up XMMS, RealPlayer, and possibly xine or 
> Mplayer for on-line video feeds. Let me know if
> you have any suggestions for making it as easy as possible for them to use.
> Best regards,
> Dave Phillips

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