hello i have been researching a little bit about linux and i want to switch to Linux. i am currently using windows xp pro.
amd athlon 64 x2 5200 2.7ghz
4 gb ram
160 gb hd
i have lots of questions about Linux
1. are all of the files compatible with windows programs. My school uses windows xp and i am wondering if i will be able to open word documents created on Linux at school.
If i have a printer will the installation cd work fine with linux.
2.i do not want to dual boot with windows xp, so will i have to use another tool to erase my hard drive?
3. which distribution do you recommend for newbies? best overall not just for newbies?
4. i have seen really impressive looking desktops running linux. do i have to have a graphics card to use things like the cube or the sphere? what if my motherboard has integrated video and sound?
5 i have seen lots of commands for the terminal. i do not know any commands right now. is it necessary to learn some before i switch.