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From the index above you can see that a little bit of basic knowledge helps to understand that Linux is an entirely different beast, and that part of the migration to Linux is conceptual rather than just practical (like knowing where to click). You'll notice that I specifically talk about the move from WinXP to Xandros, but it won't be difficult to translate this to a different situation.
I am addressing myself particularly to those who consider their computer a serious work tool, and this includes home computer users, small and large businesses and professionals. I just have no time for gamers. I have no patience for those who think that Linux is about free software ('as in beer'). It is only fair to pay in return for what you get, and if this helps your business, then you should also have the decency to donate to those whom you are morally indebted to - professionals know there's no free lunch. I think it's your responsibility towards yourself, your business and the people who depend on you, to secure your computer from malice, to secure your data from loss, to secure your data for the future, to minimise down-time and to have the sharpest tools and utilities that money can buy.
From the first chapter you will see that I call a spade a spade, and this I will continue to do in all chapters. A computer operating system has no place for forced beliefs, spying, government intervention, propaganda or information filtering. If we don't fight for it, we'll lose all privacy and freedom. So, ironically, the move to Linux is also about your rights, privacy and freedom. If you don't treasure these, you deserve none.
I know that these pages are of use only to a small corner of the Linux
world, but I hope that what my readers find, will help them along and save
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me, Floor Anthoni
linux links sites
http://www.linuxlinks.com/ important starting point to many subjects
http://www.tldp.org/ the linux documentation project
http://www.kde.org/ graphical Kommon Desktop Environment
http://www.linuxplanet.com/ aimed at people new to Linux
http://www.learninglinux.com/ learn about the Linux operating system
the great repositories
http://sourceforge.net/ open source software development project
http://www.debian.org/ the Debian repository and much more
http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/tools.htm extensive list of free Linux packages
http://www.debian-multimedia.org/ multi-media applications
http://rpmfind.net/linux/RPM/ awesome French site with all RPMs linked for dependencies
http://rpmfind.net/linux/rpm2html/search.php search for RPM modules
Crossover Office and wine for windows interoperability
http://www.codeweavers.com/ Windows crossover software
http://www.codeweavers.com/site/compatibility/browse Software compatibility list
http://www.linuxcompatible.org/ software compatibility
http://winehq.org/ the Windows environment program
http://frankscorner.org/ Windows compatibility with Wine, a short list
http://www.cbel.com/linux_hardware_support/ hardware compatible + all linux software
http://appdb.winehq.org/ search and browse which Windows applications are now running in wine
http://www.xandros.com/ Xandros version news and updates firstname.lastname@example.org
http://forums.xandros.com/ Xandros user and bug forums.
http://www.sane-project.org/ Scanner Access Now Easy: the universal scanner but also look at VueScan
http://www.hamrick.com/vsm.html the home of Vuescan, serious scanner software, also for negatives/slides.
http://www.gimp.org/ Gnu Image Manipulation Program, an imgae editor like PhotoShop but quite different
Office software, wordprocessing, spreadsheets, etc.
http://www.openoffice.org/ free open office software: wordprocessing, spreadsheet, etc.
Sound, audio, other hardware
http://linux-sound.org/one-page.html one page of links to Linux sound applications
http://www.linuxprinting.org/printer_list.cgi printer compatibility & drivers