question which has been asked many times before in various guises.
The ultimate question asked is “Is Linux right for me?”.
In this article I am going to list the questions the
Redditor brought up and my answers to those questions.
Office Compatibility Issues
have a resume I created in MS Office that I want to have on my new comp. Will
it be copied exactly? Is there even an MS Office for Linux?
Furthermore I also need it for school, which is largely
PC based. Will I have to send everything I create in MS word to a converter to
get it to open in Linux? Is there even an MS Office for Linux?”
a part of Linux but there are a number of alternatives, the most high profile
LibreOffice can open Microsoft Word documents without too many issues but the
conversion isn’t always 100% identical.
a resume in LibreOffice and you know clients may be using Microsoft Word I
would be tempted to export documents to PDF format before sending them. It is
more likely that a PDF file will retains its formatting regardless of the
application and operating system used to open it.
In theory you can also run Microsoft Office via the WINE application which is a
compatibility layer generated to run Windows applications within Linux. I would
not recommend this route however.
specific feature within Microsoft Office that isn’t available in LibreOffice I
would consider keeping Windows available as either a virtual machine or as dual
boot system with Linux
Gaming On Linux
“I need a computer that I can do some moderate gaming on and apparently Linux
takes up less of your computers CPU and memory than Vista, which leads me to
assume my said gaming experience would be better.”
Fortunately with the release of Steam for Linux that gap is beginning to close
and I can foresee a time whereby Linux gaming will be on at very least a par
For running your current Windows games there is PlayOnLinux
and for a large number of games this works perfectly well.
It might be worth however keeping a virtual machine
available to run Windows or have Windows and Linux dual booting side by side.
“I need this
computer to be a multimedia machine as well. Right now I have VLC media player
installed so I can basically play any file type. Does something like this exist
Does it depend on which Linux OS I get? Is that already built in?
What kind of third part programs like VLC media pleyer exist?
What about Skype
and iTunes and games like Minecraft.
There’s always a download option for
windows and mac, never for Linux.”
number of distributions and is available via the package manager for others.
will vary from distribution to distribution. There are downloads available
direct from the Skype website for popular distributions such as Ubuntu,
openSUSE, Debian and Fedora.
Linux at all. (and that is a decision in the future Apple will have to learn to
For now though you can run iTunes by using WINE or you can use a
virtual machine running Windows or keep a dual booting version of Windows
There are alternatives to iTunes available and if you don’t
have an iPod/iPad then you should consider using these alternatives such as
Rhythmbox or Banshee.
Minecraft works perfectly well on Linux and I have written a
guide showing how
to install Minecraft within Ubuntu.
Generally speaking there is an open source program for most
types of application. Visit http://www.opensourcealternative.org/
for more information.
32 bit vs 64 bit
“Is Linux 32 or 64 bit?”
systems. If you have a 64-bit computer use the 64-bit version, if you don’t
then use the 32-bit version.
computer and you want to run a distribution that is only released as 32-bit
then go ahead.
Are all computers compatible with Linux
“Are all computers compatible with Linux?”
distributions have a compatibility list.
way to find out is to try out a live version of a distribution first, make sure
it works and then if it does, install it.
How to uninstall Windows
do go with Linux, how to I properly uninstall Vista (and everything else) and
replace it with Linux so no Windows remains?”
Well this might
not be your first port of call.
First of all, I would recommend trying
out Linux in a virtual machine. Then if you are happy maybe dual
boot Linux and Windows.
Finally, if you want to go Linux only copy off your important files such as
pictures, documents, music etc and then when you are running the Linux
installer choose to replace current operating system. You should make sure you
recovery media in case you change your mind.
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