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
“I 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?”
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.
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.”
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 for Linux?
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."
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 available.
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?"
Are all computers compatible with Linux
“Are all computers compatible with Linux?”
How to uninstall Windows
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 have Windows recovery media in case you change your mind.
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