Hello there. I have never used a Linux operating system in my life. I have heard great things about it and would like to give it a shot. I do have some assorted questions. Any assistance you could provide would be greatly appreciated
First let me give you some information on my situation
Computer: brand new Asus 1005Ha
Optical disk drive - NONE(it is a netbook)
Hard drive: 160 gig(plenty of free space)
Processor: Intel Atom N270
Processing speed: 1.60 GHz
Memory: 2 gig DDR ram
Current operating system: Windows XP
I use this computer system for very basic applications.... internet surfing, watching video files, and word processing. It is strictly for personal use, so no job concerns involved(such as microsoft outlook, or VPN, or any of that stuff). I rarely run more than one or two applications at any time.
Also, my knowledge of Linux is limited to the articles I have read but my overall technical savvy is pretty good.
There are a couple of main reasons that I would like to give Linux a try. First, it is nice to learn new things(as crazy as that may sound). Second, I have heard that Linux is much less susceptible than windows to viruses, spyware, assorted malware, etc. etc. Lastly, I have heard that it is more lightweight in terms of CPU demands. Do you agree with these things?
I am not wanting to run windows and Linux at the same time, but I do not want to delete the windows XP off of my system. I would like to preserve my current windows OS...... just in case.
Since my computer does not have an optical drive I was wondering if I could install Linux on a flash drive and use that to boot up my computer?
Can I use Linux to access files that are already downloaded onto my computer(such as MP3 audio files or MP4 video files)?
Will I need to get new drivers if I do connect my netbook to a peripheral such as a printer or external hard drive?
It is my understanding that I will need to download the Linux versions of the software that I am currently using in windows(such as firefox, VLC video player, etc.). Is that correct?
Is it okay if I store Linux on the same hard drive that I have linux files stored on? Do I need to create a partition?
Lastly..... I would like to use a version of Linux that is commonly used and very widespread. I do not want to go with some obscure, weird version of Linux that only a few people know about. Would you recommend regular ole ubuntu or something different?
Thanks for any assistance you can provide!