Re: Word to OpenOffice - what to do with styles?

Subject: Re: Word to OpenOffice - what to do with styles?
From: "Edgar D' Souza" <edgar -dot- b -dot- dsouza -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: "Kevin McLauchlan" <kmclauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2007 09:09:38 +0530

On 2/9/07, Kevin McLauchlan <kmclauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:

Another reason is that, at home, I run Linux exclusively.

But no, I don't have an environment where I'm actually
encouraged/expected to work in Linux -- I just do, sometimes
when I happen to be documenting for the use of our products
on Linux... or at least I'm beginning to.

[Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated to VMWare or any of their resellers!]

Kevin: If you haven't tried it yet, VMWare VMPlayer is a good (and cheap!)
solution - it lets you run Linux, and boot up a copy of Windows inside a VM
when you absolutely need to run a Windows program which won't work under
Wine/derivatives. This is what I do at work.
The VMWare Workstation product offers a free 30-day trial key, and I used it
to create and fine-tune my VM definition during that time. After that, I'm
now using the free VMPlayer to run my VM for everyday use. Not only do I get
Linux and Windows "side-by-side", my copy of Windows is also protected from
worms and virii, since it is practically never let out on the Net :-)
One issue, though, is that you need extra RAM - I need around 768MB to make
both Linux and the Windows VM work efficiently.
There is also a "VM Builder" product available from the VMWare site, and I
think it's free too - but I haven't tried it out. The VM definition file
(.vmx) is a text file, so vi does OK for me when I want to modify some of
the existing settings.

If you have a computer with Intel VT (Vanderbilt Technology), you could give
Xen a try - it's reputed to be able to run Windows side-by-side, and you can
even dedicate one processor core to Windows, while the other is used by the
host OS, Linux.


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