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Old 6th October 2015, 03:54 PM
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WorldShip Alternative

I am looking to switch over from MicroSoft to Fedora/RedHat. The ONLY thing standing in my way is a global shipping solution. Is there anything out there? Any starts?
Please help me break the cycle of Micr$oft.
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Old 6th October 2015, 07:36 PM
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Re: WorldShip Alternative

I highly doubt there is going to be an alternative to what I think (based on what I saw on UPS website) is a very specific closed source program.

However, it would be possible to run Windows as a virtual machine instead of your main OS. Is that an option?
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Old 6th October 2015, 08:32 PM
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Re: WorldShip Alternative

You could also dual boot, using Fedora for the most part and booting into Windows when needed. It might run under wine.

The problem with getting an open source program to do that would be interacting with their unpublished API (although it might be reverse engineered).
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Old 7th October 2015, 12:39 PM
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Re: WorldShip Alternative

Thank you both but, I feel that running windows in wine or as a VM defeats the purpose of not using windows in the first place. As far as duel booting goes, I would have to teach two older people how to do that.

Kurt do you know anywhere that I could start looking into that?
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Old 7th October 2015, 01:11 PM
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Re: WorldShip Alternative

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As far as duel booting goes, I would have to teach two older people how to do that.
OMG, you'd have to explain how to reboot & select? Just how brain-dead are your people? I'm 70, my friends who are dual-booting are at or above 70 and nobody has ever had a question about how it's done.

My only caution to those friends is that you ONLY go into Windows for the selected app. and to update security, but never go online or access emails or chats within Windows.
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Old 7th October 2015, 01:52 PM
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Re: WorldShip Alternative

Some people just don't want to learn new things. No matter how cut and dry they seem to be. We have to connect to the internet to process orders that are on the website. So not connecting to the internet isn't an option.
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Old 7th October 2015, 09:14 PM
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Re: WorldShip Alternative

The Fedora Multiboot Guide (PDF).
Should be easy to setup, make sure you set grub's timeout to 10 seconds or so, shorter timeouts can make it difficult to choose an OS before it goes to the default. You might be able to remove the default and force the user to choose from a menu of options.

Bob my workplace has a number of people I'd describe as computer idiots, including some managers. You need to make it easy for the dimmest users. We have one guy who is in front of a touchscreen with a numeric keypad 40 hours a week and has yet to figure out it's the same format as a telephone, which he's been using for more that half a century. He practices the "Hunt and Peck" technique for for finding numbers on the keypad, forty hours a week for over a year now.
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