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Old 07-06-2013, 10:18 PM   #16
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Very good posting on this thread, absolutelly! I'd like to respond to Doc CPU specially but I'll try and keep this short instead.

Choose your distro:
http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major
That site holds a ton of information about GNU/Linux distributions as well as *BSD ones (FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD) and likely other *NIXes (UNIX "inspired" systems such as Solaris). BTW the Apple Mac OS is a sort of *NIX ever since it became OS-X and the Windows NT 4.0 derivatives (from XP onwards) are actually UNIX inspired too - NT standing for New Technology which was only new to Microsoft by then... Linux had been around for a few years already and UNIX was pretty old by then. Just to add to the confusion... )
There are many other sites you can check about comparing Linux distros. Hey, you're reading this on one of them!

Choose your Desktop Environment - MAYBE FIRST! Some distribution CDs/DVDs come with the most common DEs ready to be installed even without a network connection but others offer only one or two choices of DE although in many cases the same distro will offer different variants (different CDs) based mainly on different DEs. E.g. the popular Ubuntu uses GNOME, Kubuntu uses KDE, Xubuntu (my current choice BTW) uses Xfce, Lubuntu uses LXDE and (I think now discontinued) FluxUbuntu used Fluxbox... So you might check if the distribution you want provides a DE you might like...
http://www.renewablepcs.com/about-li...-gnome-or-xfce
Again, you've got plenty of other sites on the Net to look for comparisons. This one is by no means even close to thorough!!! But it is really a very nice article IMO.

General Linux software comparisons:
http://www.icewalkers.com/

And last but not least, great place to find great knowledge about Linux (and more):
http://www.linuxquestions.org
 
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:57 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by jdackle View Post
Very good posting on this thread, absolutelly! I'd like to respond to Doc CPU specially but I'll try and keep this short instead.

Choose your distro:
http://distrowatch.com/dwres.php?resource=major
That site holds a ton of information about GNU/Linux distributions as well as *BSD ones (FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD) and likely other *NIXes (UNIX "inspired" systems such as Solaris). BTW the Apple Mac OS is a sort of *NIX ever since it became OS-X and the Windows NT 4.0 derivatives (from XP onwards) are actually UNIX inspired too - NT standing for New Technology which was only new to Microsoft by then... Linux had been around for a few years already and UNIX was pretty old by then. Just to add to the confusion... )
There are many other sites you can check about comparing Linux distros. Hey, you're reading this on one of them!

Choose your Desktop Environment - MAYBE FIRST! Some distribution CDs/DVDs come with the most common DEs ready to be installed even without a network connection but others offer only one or two choices of DE although in many cases the same distro will offer different variants (different CDs) based mainly on different DEs. E.g. the popular Ubuntu uses GNOME, Kubuntu uses KDE, Xubuntu (my current choice BTW) uses Xfce, Lubuntu uses LXDE and (I think now discontinued) FluxUbuntu used Fluxbox... So you might check if the distribution you want provides a DE you might like...
http://www.renewablepcs.com/about-li...-gnome-or-xfce
Again, you've got plenty of other sites on the Net to look for comparisons. This one is by no means even close to thorough!!! But it is really a very nice article IMO.

General Linux software comparisons:
http://www.icewalkers.com/

And last but not least, great place to find great knowledge about Linux (and more):
http://www.linuxquestions.org
I had no idea I would receive this much information. This thread has been an encouraging success in terms of advice and insight.
 
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:33 AM   #18
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I am currently reviewing this thread. Contemplating my options. Im closing the thread. Thank you to everyone.
 
Old 07-07-2013, 07:32 AM   #19
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[solved] lol

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actually, I think that installing two OS's
Like: Fedora alongside CrunchBang both capable of running any windows from the same virtual disk space using VirtualBox in most Linux distros

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Old 07-07-2013, 08:03 AM   #20
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Im closing the thread.
I would suggest leaving the thread open. There's very good info in here already, but there might be many other people who could add good points that would be very useful to others visiting these forums.

As for the general question of how to transition from Windows to Linux, my approach, for those who can swing it, is to have Linux and Windows on separate computers. For me, over time, I started to notice that I was only booting up my Windows computer to bring in Windows updates. At that point, I gave the Windows computer away to someone who needed it. Anyway, I found that having Windows and Linux on separate computers made things a lot easier for me (I also, for awhile, dual-booted Windows and Linux on the same computer). Works out well, especially if you don't need to spend a lot of money on the computers (and, Linux runs well on inexpensive computers). I don't think this approach necessarily applies to the OP's situation, but just throwing it out there anyway.
 
Old 07-07-2013, 01:23 PM   #21
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Mainly my Code::Blocks, my Dev Cpp, My Ms Office Work, My games(COD, DMC, FIFA, NFS), Photo Editors, Adobe Products(such as Audition and photoshop).. Well I have a tonne of apps but those are my most frequently used. *Thanks for taking note of my thread
I realize you brought up the point of gaming/using WINE quite some time ago, but there is a lot of documentation on getting popular software and games to run.

http://appdb.winehq.org/

Gives all the software people submit test data for ratings (from garbage-platinum) based on how easy it is to get a windows application to run and how compatible or which bugs there are when using said software under WINE. For example, depending on what version of Call of Duty you plan to play there may not be support.

http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...sion&iId=27059

I'm assuming DMC is Devil may Cry

https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManag...tion&iId=14901

There are a lot of mixed reviews for FIFA

http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...estingId=66747

I don't know what NFS is.

It looks like you will probably have a lot of compatibility errors with those games. As of yet, WINE cannot run Direct X 10 or higher. Most newer games of course use DX10 or 11. In my experience running Windows software under wine is highly dependent on hardware. For games at least. I have never had good luck with ATI graphics cards. Nvidia; however, has much better native linux support and the hardware seems to work much better.
 
Old 07-08-2013, 03:12 PM   #22
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I have noticed that people moving from Windows to Linux often are not struggling so much with the new OS... they are struggling with moving from Outlook to Thunderbird, MS Office to LibreOffice, Photoshop to GIMP etc.

If you want to take a very conservative approach you could install all these programs on a windows machine. Move your email accounts, start using the open document format and so forth. Once you have moved to open source software for everything you are typically using the final step to Linux will be very easy...

The big advantage is that during the transition phase you don't have to reboot into windows or start a virtual machine everytime you are stuck with, say, Calc because you can't achieve that one thing that you know how to do in Excel...
 
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Old 07-08-2013, 07:43 PM   #23
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Joe_2000, great point!

It's one of those ideas that, once it's out there, gets the reaction. "My heavens, that's obvious!" after someone has put it out there.
 
Old 07-08-2013, 09:27 PM   #24
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Exclamation

Also, never solvable...


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Old 07-09-2013, 05:06 AM   #25
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Joe_2000, great point!
Thanks :-)
 
  


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