What is the best distro for my business manager?

John J. Boyer john.boyer at abilitiessoft.com
Sat Nov 24 14:35:58 UTC 2012

This thread has been  more productive than most I've seen. 

My present Linux system is CentOS 5.8 OpenOffice or LibreOffice doesn't 
seem to be in the repository. If I could install one of them and also 
get Orca working my business manager could log in with a diffferent 
username and I could continue to use the machine. Would upgrading to 
CentOS 6.3 provide LibreOffice?


On Sat, Nov 24, 2012 at 07:49:32AM -0600, Tim Chase wrote:
> On 11/23/12 23:04, marbux wrote:
> > one fact: WinXP runs like cold molasses in Virtual Box, even with
> > 3 GB of fast RAM devoted exclusively to it on a fast quad-core
> > CPU.
> Is your CPU and Linux configuration set up to take advantage of
> virtualization?  There's a CPU flag for both AMD and Intel that
> indicates that the CPU supports virtualization, making it leaps and
> bounds faster.  You can check with
>   egrep '(vmx|svm)' /proc/cpuinfo
> If it returns a result, your CPU supports it.  Mine doesn't,
> unfortunately, so running virtual images is dog slow.
> Also, I believe there's a kernel build that adds extra support for
> virtual machines (on my Debian box, there are
> "linux-image-{openvz,zen,vserver}" kernels) that give hooks to
> virtual machines to speed them up.
> > Dual-boot is a maddening configuration because of a permutation of
> > Murphy's Law: What you want to do next seemingly always requires
> > rebooting the system to access the other OS.
> Oh, so true and elegantly expressed.  I tried dual-boot for about a
> month and was infuriated by the Murphy's Law aspect of it, so I just
> backed up my data and went pure Linux.
> -tim
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John J. Boyer; President, Chief Software Developer
Abilitiessoft, Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin USA
Developing software for people with disabilities

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