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Any Linux Law Students?

Postby rejectmaster » Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:05 pm

I'm an avid ubuntu enthusiast and I'm wondering if anyone else here has tackled law school without a windows/mac machine. If need be, I'll toss on Windows but if anyone has found software that mimics what's recommended I'd appreciate some advice.

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Re: Any Linux Law Students?

Postby philosoraptor » Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:20 pm

0L here. I brought this up with the tech rep at one of the ASWs I went to, and their office doesn't offer any support for any OS that's not Microsoft's or Apple's. He told me I'd have to get Windows to get by. I don't know how true this is, but I figure it'll be worth it to minimize the hassle.

I'll still have Ubuntu on my desktop for all my normal day-to-day stuff, and I'll keep my laptop's Vista partition for exam software and anything else the school forces us to use.

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Re: Any Linux Law Students?

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Re: Any Linux Law Students?

Postby nealric » Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:40 pm

0L here. I brought this up with the tech rep at one of the ASWs I went to, and their office doesn't offer any support for any OS that's not Microsoft's or Apple's. He told me I'd have to get Windows to get by. I don't know how true this is, but I figure it'll be worth it to minimize the hassle.

I'll still have Ubuntu on my desktop for all my normal day-to-day stuff, and I'll keep my laptop's Vista partition for exam software and anything else the school forces us to use.


They won't officially support it, but unless there is a certain required piece of software, such as examsoft, you should be fine. My school required all exams to be typed in MS word or Wordperfect (no special exam software), but I used Open Office just fine.

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Re: Any Linux Law Students?

Postby philosoraptor » Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:51 pm

nealric wrote:My school required all exams to be typed in MS word or Wordperfect (no special exam software), but I used Open Office just fine.
Ugh, I hate word processing software. It tries to "help" you way too much and assumes you're incompetent. I'd take a text editor, aspell, wc and LaTeX any day.


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Re: Any Linux Law Students?

Postby philosoraptor » Fri Jun 25, 2010 10:02 am

RUQRU wrote:Microsoft OneNote
People around here seem really high on OneNote, but I doubt one program would make it worth swearing off GNU/Linux. You could probably recreate everything in this screenshot and the linked one with a file browser (not that hard to organize directories for classes), LaTeX (has had the ability to hyperlink all kinds of internal and external files for many years) and a PDF reader -- all of which, unlike Windows + Office + OneNote, run on every platform and are 100 percent free.

Also, I'd be a little wary of locking all my notes and outlines into a proprietary Microsoft-only format.

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Re: Any Linux Law Students?

Postby enygma » Fri Jun 25, 2010 12:36 pm

philosoraptor wrote:
RUQRU wrote:Microsoft OneNote
People around here seem really high on OneNote, but I doubt one program would make it worth swearing off GNU/Linux. You could probably recreate everything in this screenshot and the linked one with a file browser (not that hard to organize directories for classes), LaTeX (has had the ability to hyperlink all kinds of internal and external files for many years) and a PDF reader -- all of which, unlike Windows + Office + OneNote, run on every platform and are 100 percent free.

Also, I'd be a little wary of locking all my notes and outlines into a proprietary Microsoft-only format.


i found it to be worth dropping linux.

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Re: Any Linux Law Students?

Postby stj2013 » Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:00 pm

Is there a reason you can't just dual boot or run Windows virtually? You are making this harder on yourself then you need to.

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Re: Any Linux Law Students?

Postby RUQRU » Fri Jun 25, 2010 6:24 pm

philosoraptor wrote:
RUQRU wrote:Microsoft OneNote
People around here seem really high on OneNote, but I doubt one program would make it worth swearing off GNU/Linux. You could probably recreate everything in this screenshot and the linked one with a file browser (not that hard to organize directories for classes), LaTeX (has had the ability to hyperlink all kinds of internal and external files for many years) and a PDF reader -- all of which, unlike Windows + Office + OneNote, run on every platform and are 100 percent free.

Also, I'd be a little wary of locking all my notes and outlines into a proprietary Microsoft-only format.


I am a big Ubuntu fan. I have two laptops and one file server running 10.04. Nothing wrong with using open source at all. But I do not treat linux as a religion, just a tool. I runs great on old hardware and keeps it out of the landfill.

OneNote is a tool. A good one. I have no issues with Microsoft or using their products. Good data processing practice is to make backups of your data. I backup my OneNote files to an external hard drive, my Ubuntu server and my laptop. I have never heard anyone loose their their files to corruption.

I am lucky that my employer has software assurance and we get Office 2010 Professional Plus for $9.95 through the Home User Program. If you are working for any largish organization check with your training personnel or IT to see if you have HUP:

http://www.microsofthup.com/hupus/home.aspx?culture=en-US
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Re: Any Linux Law Students?

Postby wpc1532 » Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:44 am

Without going into too many tech. specs, you can run linux really easy with Microsoft products like Office.


sudo apt-get install wine

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Re: Any Linux Law Students?

Postby RUQRU » Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:18 am

wpc1532 wrote:Without going into too many tech. specs, you can run linux really easy with Microsoft products like Office.


sudo apt-get install wine


You can check if the Windows app will run using WINE by checking the WINE Application Database here:

http://appdb.winehq.org/

From what I see, OneNote will not run.




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