[SATLUG] Softmaker & Avast

Christopher Connell connell.christopher at yahoo.com
Tue Feb 1 01:53:37 CST 2011

Avast just sent me this, I'm not going to do it. Heck I'll be honest I'm weary of messing with the Kernel and also since I'm still green to linux and already have Clam AV working. (I Installed an AV because all my friends use Windows, though I'm trying to bring them to the light side, I mean right side. :-D ) Figured I post the message in case someone does want to use Avast. 


"some people might report that avast4linux/Workstation doesn't work with 
latest VPS (problem started with 100328-1 for them). The reason is that 
"macro"-block in 400.vps is now depacked to something bigger than 
33554432 bytes - this is an artificial SHM block limitation in some 
Linux kernels (kernel.shmmax).

Solution? Set the limit to higher values (as root):

sysctl -w kernel.shmmax=128000000
echo 128000000 >/proc/sys/kernel/shmmax

Place those lines to /etc/init.d/rcS or equivalent file (it's 
distribution-specific a bit - see /etc/inittab, the sysinit runlevel) to 
have them set automatically (after boot)."

Mark: Yeah I don't might proprietary software when the maker doesn't charge an arm and a leg to get, then limit the amount of installations to 3 (A reload of the OS counts as an installation). The reason I migrated to Linux was Virus protection. Despite my efforts I always managed to pick up a virus/malware. Heck I even picked up one from a church's website that was apparently hacked.  

Question: Once you send them the pdf how do they make changes to it?

Also I've noticed if they have MS 2010, it fixes the alignment issues, most times. Except in presentation/powerpoint. 

--- On Mon, 1/31/11, mark <mark at kandm-solutions.com> wrote:

From: mark <mark at kandm-solutions.com>
Subject: Re: [SATLUG] Softmaker & Avast
To: "The San Antonio Linux User's Group Mailing List" <satlug at satlug.org>
Date: Monday, January 31, 2011, 9:02 PM

The fact that it is proprietary ruins it for me, thats the problem with
microsoft to begin with. I don't have any alignment issues with Open
Office or Libre Office (I recently switched) if I'm using them. I have
had issues with alignment opening Open Office documents with Microsoft
Office. I usually deal with them by creating the file in Open Document
format and then exporting it as a pdf. Since pdf files maintain their
formatting and are widely used it resolves the formatting issues, at
least for me.

On Mon, 2011-01-31 at 14:06 -0800, Christopher Connell wrote:
> Not attempting to make this an advertisement. I bought this program directly from them and it works pretty well.
> The German company Softmaker makes a office program that is on par with Microsoft office and doesn't have some of the alignment issues I've noticed in Open Office. They have a trial version on their site. I got the full version for $35 cause I'm a student. They also have a forum that tech support answers within a day or two with direct contact to their development team which I thought was neat. 
> I also wanted to mention that I installed Avast just to see how it would run and it worked ok until I updated. I think their is something wrong with their software. The log file kicked back with:
> "12:30:50 PM: Deleted stale lock file '/home/chris/.avast/lockfile-chris'.
> 12:30:53 PM: An error occured in avast! engine: Invalid argument"
> I just installed Clam AV. As I suspected no viruses. Thank God for Linux. :-D
> ps- Again not attempting to advertise for them, I have no affiliation just thought you guys would like to hear my review from an office program. 

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