[Scribus] Installation Woes
Sun Nov 26 03:05:12 CET 2006
Hello Scribus List Members,
My name is Gary, and I live
in Prince Rupert on the northwest coast of Canada just below the Alaska
panhandle. I moved here to do some community publishing work, which has
been my buiness since the early 1970's. I operate both a Mac and an IBM
clone machine and I thought I was going to have to buy Quark Express or
Pagemaker for my page building work. Then I discovered Scribus.
Scribus is obviously less costly and reviewers say it's even better than
the two market leaders. But I'm having trouble just installing the program.
I am not a computer scientist or programmer. My experience
with computers began in the 1970's on typesetting machines called
Compugraphics. I never thought of them as computers, but that's what
they were. Later I moved on to Macs and IBM types with MS-Dos.
Frankly, for years I avoided MS Windows, because I felt I had the real
and original windows software in the Mac and saw MS Windows as a poor
copy of the Mac operating system. I still feel that way, but now I'm
also using an IBM clone with Windows 98. I build web sites sometimes
and I use the IBM to make sure my HTML pages are showing up properly on
MS Windows machines. 98 is excellent for this, because if a site
displays correctly on that unstable old saw, then I can be fairly sure
it will display on any MS Windows computer.
Ultimately I plan to partition the clone's hard drive and put Linux on
one of the partitions. The Mac runs OS X so it should run Scribus
anyway, without partitioning. Having just moved, however, I'm still
unpacking boxes so those changes will have to wait. Meanwhile, I must
try to get both computers ready to start serious publishing work right
after Christmas. I have downloaded Scribus into the IBM clone, but the
installation instructions are over my head. As I said, I'm not a
computer scientist, programmer or technician. For that reason, the
letter below, which I sent to a Linux savvy technician today, will be
chambers at citytel.net
> Some time ago you sent my friend some disks with Open
> Office and some Open Source utilities on them. He later passed them
> to me and I still have them somewhere. Today he informed me that he
> still owes you $10 for that. He's between jobs right now and probably
> short of cash. I asked him for your contact details and told him I'd
> pay the $10 plus whatever it costs to have you send me similar disks
> for the program, Scribus.
> I recently moved to Prince Rupert to do some publishing up here,
> and want to use Scribus as my page building software. But although I
> have reasonable computer savvy, I find it difficult to download
> Scribus and install it. Downloading goes okay, but installing
> involves instructions that fly a mile over my head. I operate an IBM
> clone and a Mac. The Mac will soon be running on OS X and the IBM
> currently has 98 in it, but I will be partitioning its drive to add
> Linux as soon as time permits. I want to keep 98 to test web pages I
> have built, to make sure they show up okay on MS Windows machines, but
> I intend to end up doing most things on the IBM clone using Linux.
> I know there will be a learning curve with Linux and with
> Scribus. I'm okay with that, but I don't want to spend weeks just
> learning how to install the software. I'm hoping you can supply, or
> tell me where to get, Scribus on a CD with a more user friendly
> I'll be in the bank after the weekend, and I'll get you a money
> order then for the $10 mentioned above. Could you please tell me how
> much to add to get your help with obtaining a usable copy of Scribus?
> Thanks for your consideration of this request.
Being able to install a working copy of Scribus on the IBM clone
would be a great help to me right now, so I decided to join this list
and see if anyone here has any tips or links I may have overlooked. -- Gary
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