[SOLVED] Can I make any Linux OS look and feel and work like Win XP, which is best?
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Can I make any Linux OS look and feel and work like Win XP, which is best?
I have read many other windows' users' wails - and some kudos - about Win Vista, 7, 8, etc...but I LIKE the Classic version, I like pull-down menus, and I'd rather jump the non-winning ship now than spend money on something I will HATE...I believe Linux will run WP Corel Suite 8, Word 93, etc (yes, I like the older versions, they work better for me!) have I been mis-informed? I want a computer that works for me, I am not a programmer, though I have wandered into Dos now and then, but I can learn, I'd just rather not HAVE to spend too much time on it when I don't have time...
Some of your Windows apps might work in Linux using the Wine emulator. You should look up each app in this database to see if it is supported and read detailed notes for installation: http://appdb.winehq.org/
If you decide to make the jump to Linux, I recommend test-driving ("try without installing") a few different distros using Live DVD's or Live USB's. This is the best way to determine if Linux will run well on your hardware (and that you actually like it).
Windows XP users seem to be most comfortable with the KDE desktop environment (on faster computers) or LXDE (on slower computers). There are a few distros designed specifically to be "Windows-like" but my recommendation is to stick with a major distro with a good reputation, and learn/adapt to its subtle differences from Windows.
You should give Lubuntu a look. To me, it just feels like XP, just a few differences on the coloring of things (most of which you can change).
Technically it should be possible to install and use Lubuntu without ever using the CLI. However, there are many times that it is better to use CLI. For example, to install Libreoffice through the Lubuntu Software Center, you have to select several items and add them to the "apps basket." In the CLI, a simlpe "sudo apt-get install libreoffice" installs the whole thing. For what your needs sound like (making letters, documents, and maybe presentations; Internet; basic image editing; etc) you will only ever need to consider the CLI while you set it up the way you want it.
As for all those MS apps...there is Wine, which might work, or you could look and see if there are any Linux versions of the same type of application, such as LibreOffice instead of MS Office.
It's better to get Linux applications than to run Windows ones in Linux. For the software available, see http://linuxappfinder.com/
I have heard it said that LibreOffice is more like the old Microsoft Office than the new one is, but I have no personal experience. As for which Windows applications will run, see http://www.winehq.org/
Just going to suggest a few specific Linux distro's that you may find easiest to transition to from Windows XP and that will likely perform well on older hardware:
Linux Mint Xfce or Mate. Look under "Status" for the support periods for each version and choose one accordingly. Then choose the Xfce or Mate desktop version -- Cinnamon and KDE will likely not perform as well on older systems. (New LTS versions come out every two years in April/May time frame.)
There are many other distro's that could serve your purpose -- above are just a few that I think may suit you well. See this site for a comprehensive list of available distro's and links to further information on them: DistroWatch.
P.s. If you end up deciding on Mint 13, see here before you install it for specific tips: Mint 13 Specific Install Tips. (This only applies to Mint 13 -- not 16 or any other version.)
Last edited by gold_finger; 04-06-2014 at 02:47 PM.
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I believe Linux will run WP Corel Suite 8, Word 93, etc (yes, I like the older versions, they work better for me!) have I been mis-informed?
Yuk! there is a chance, via Wine, but really you'd be better off with Libre Office or Open Office. It is up to you how you spend your time, however...
Originally Posted by Jubilee
I have read many other windows' users' wails - and some kudos - about Win Vista, 7, 8, etc...but I LIKE the Classic version, I like pull-down menus, and I'd rather jump the non-winning ship now than spend money on something I will HATE
Well, one of the first things that you will observe is that linux itself (the underlying operating system, roughly) is a separate thing from any graphical user interface that you choose to run on top of it. There are quite a few GUIs, and of those, a reasonable percentage have as their 'USP' how configurable they are.
So, given a very configurable GUI you can make it look quite like something else, if you are prepared to put the time into it. I can't honestly say that I know why you'd want to do this, but it is up to you how you spend your time.
(that last contains at least one comedy/lame answer
"There currently is no linux version that looks and runs like windows. But as far as graphical interface and ease of use is concerned, ubuntu is the best. "
Given that there are distros patterned after some version of Windows (still don't know why!), the argument that Ubuntu is the best would take some supporting.)
While I'm sure that really is enough to be going on with, I'm sure that you could find more by putting words such as: