Im a linux newbie like my profile says.
Im a Windows user exploring the possiblity of switching to linux. I wonder though, which linux distribution is as user-friendly as Windows. I just installed RHEL WS4 and find it user-friendly but not for my wife
.. I have also tried Mandrake and Solaris but, again, they are not as friendly as Windows. Or is it just because we're used to it?
I have a concern about RHEL though.. What does the linux community say about Red Hat abandoning support for open-source RH9? Will fedora follow? will the commercial Enterprise Linux reduce the number of users of Red Hat? If it will, then i'll probably look for another linux distribution.. that will be "forever" FREE. What would it be?
Open-Office has remarkable job of allowing users to export and open several file formats like MS's .doc/.xls/.ppt files. So i don't have any questions or comments about it.
I have hundreds of cd albums ripped to both MP3 (to create smaller files) and WMA (-lossless to back up entire CD) formats. Before i do the ripping again, i would like to ask your opinion as to which is the best portable audio format?
I tried APE and also think that its better than WMA lossless in terms of compression. In Windows, only (?) WinAmp supports the format and i find it inferior relative to WMPlayer10. In linux, which player can i use? Or is there anything better than APE?
Similarly, i also created back up of my DVDs using DVD-Shrink (in windows) and play it using VLan. But now, i'm not sure if the ISOs that i created can be used with the linux version of VLan. Which linux software is comparable to DVD-Shrink in creating DVD back-ups as an image file?
And what is the video format recommended by the open-source community?
I have written many programs in C/C++ and have distributed softwares developed in Visual C++ 6.0. I'm now starting to convert some of these applications to implement wxWidgets to make them portable. My questions is: which IDE should i use that is as powerful as MSVC's?
I know many will say that I need to decide first as to which OS i intend to use, but I think it's BEST to be able to switch between various OS including Windows.
Any comments and suggestions will be appreciated.