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Questions about Volume, MS Office and KDE

Postby vortexmak on Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:18 am

Hi ,

I have recently shifted from Windows to Linux Mint KDE.
I am having a few teething problems, could anyone please help me out?

1. The system volume is very low , i have turned up pcm and master volume, i need to go above 50% even to be audible.
2. I cant switch to Linux without having MS Office , its the one application that I absolutely need, especially Word, Excel and Onenote.
I have installed Office using Wine but i cant paste text with images into either word or One note, only plain text is pasted.
Moreover, one note keeps crashing as soon as I close it.
3. I tried using Basket Notepad, even it cant paste text and images. I think the copy paste system is not as good in Linux.
4. How can I view in real time what commands get executed in the background when I perform various actions in KDE. Since I want to learn Linux commands rather than just using the GUI
5. I am running foobar using wine, it runs fine, but how can I pass shortcut key inputs to Wine application, like Play , Next , etc.

Thanks for your help.
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Re: Questions about Volume, MS Office and KDE

Postby hemimaniac on Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:41 am

I may not be able to help you with the volume but for the M$ Office part you may want to look at Abiword, it is a refreshingly light app, and i have had no trouble doing anything in it, (light yet very feature packed, and the plugin list for it is second to none)
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Re: Questions about Volume, MS Office and KDE

Postby vortexmak on Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:03 am

I really want to stick to Office applications. There are always compatibility problems with other applications.
And I suppose the features provided by office are above par
Thanks for your suggestions though
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Re: Questions about Volume, MS Office and KDE

Postby vortexmak on Wed Feb 17, 2010 9:49 am

Bump!!

Any one using basket note pad ? How do I paste images along with the text ?
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Re: Questions about Volume, MS Office and KDE

Postby olligod on Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:42 am

vortexmak wrote:Hi ,

4. How can I view in real time what commands get executed in the background when I perform various actions in KDE. Since I want to learn Linux commands rather than just using the GUI



with some programs, you see the commands executed in the background when you start it from a commandline.
Or, at least you see a lot of output.

So instead of opening the program thru program menu, just open a konsole (commandline) and type the executable's name.
You must know its name though. To find it out:

start the program as usual and find its name in the system monitor among the processes
OR
right-click the program menu to "edit menu" - and find the command belonging to a program entry
OR
simply guess: To start Konqueror use konqueror, to start Dolphin use dolphin...you get the idea.

Most programs will be found like that by the system since they are in the standard path (often like /usr/bin/programname
or for system relevant settings /sbin/myveryspecialsystemconfigurator).

NOTE: Be careful if you use commands that require root (sudo) rights from a command line. You have many more options and
MANY (!) more ways to ruin your installation ! You have been warned. The GUIs are of course meant to be a guide to help you set up things right.

If you do have interest in learning those linux commands and see the feedback, just play detective...there's a lot to discover.

Starting a program from the commandline, you often get lots of output. Also useful at times when you face breakage
and the error messages in any alert windows are vague/non-existent.
Armed with lots of console output (especially when problems appear), Google is always your friend.

That way I also found out why my nvidia video driver wasn't set up right to drive my 2 monitors...and then could work out a solution.
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Re: Questions about Volume, MS Office and KDE

Postby rec9140 on Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:11 pm

vortexmak wrote:1. The system volume is very low , i have turned up pcm and master volume, i need to go above 50% even to be audible.


Run Command, Konsole, alsamixer

Turn up the volumes here as well... I've had a situation which recently until I used alsamixer from the command line the volume on the line or mic in was low even though the sliders were maxed on KMix....

vortexmak wrote:2. I cant switch to Linux without having MS Office , its the one application that I absolutely need, especially Word, Excel and Onenote.


OpenOffice.. Enough said.. I don't and won't encourage the use of these on Linux.

vortexmak wrote:4. How can I view in real time what commands get executed in the background when I perform various actions in KDE. Since I want to learn Linux commands rather than just using the GUI



I am not sure I follow this request.

vortexmak wrote:5. I am running foobar using wine, it runs fine, but how can I pass shortcut key inputs to Wine application, like Play , Next , etc.


I don't think that means what you think it means.... at least foobar or FUBAR don't have any thing to do with play, or next... ;) for me...
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Re: Questions about Volume, MS Office and KDE

Postby DrHu on Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:19 pm

vortexmak wrote:1. The system volume is very low , i have turned up pcm and master volume, i need to go above 50% even to be audible.
2. I cant switch to Linux without having MS Office , its the one application that I absolutely need, especially Word, Excel and Onenote. I have installed Office using Wine but i cant paste text with images into either word or One note, only plain text is pasted.
3. I tried using Basket Notepad, even it cant paste text and images. I think the copy paste system is not as good in Linux.

You are missing some of that Linux feeling (experience)
http://www.networkadvice.co.uk/articles.shtml

OneNote I can understand, as it is a embedded into the windows ecosystem..
viewtopic.php?f=90&t=33561&start=0
More context/data is needed, specifically which wine version, which Ms office version
    There is a wineHQ, which is likely able to answer those Wine questions

Item 2. I can't switch from Ms Office (Excel)
Well, OpenOffice does exist, as well as Gnome's Gnumeric, which apparently has a good reputation for accuracy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnumeric
    Gnumeric is a spreadsheet program that is part of the GNOME desktop and has Windows installers available. It is distributed as free software under the GNU GPL license. It is intended to be a replacement for proprietary spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel, which it broadly and openly emulates Gnumeric's accuracy has helped it to establish a niche among people using it for statistical analysis and other scientific tasks

Google apps/docs are on the web, Ms Office including onenote are on the web to compete
    If I mostly used Linux, but absolutely needed ms Office applications (word and Excel), I would use the web versions, and I think they are free for the moment
    --although their web site does scan your system to determine if you are WPA/WGA enabled for Ms office 2007 ?
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote/default.aspx
--and there might even be equivalents to onenote, like...
http://www.fileguru.com/AllMyNotes-Orga ... screenshot

KDE basket, which you also tried
http://basket.kde.org/full-changes-0.6.0.php
--check/search for pasting images, it was a bug..
    Fixes toward Rich Text notes to become first-class citizen:
http://www.tuxmagazine.com/node/1000270

KDE and Linux system or service monitoring
http://techbase.kde.org/KDE_System_Admi ... on/Startup
http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=770644
http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/top-linux ... tools.html

vortexmak wrote:5. I am running foobar using wine, it runs fine, but how can I pass shortcut key inputs to Wine application, like Play , Next , etc.

http://www.winehq.org/
    For wine issues ..
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