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Old 03-31-2016, 04:44 AM   #1
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Hi I am new here and are mo0re than curious to switch from windows 7 to Linux. But I am not sure I could run all my applications like my Priners or programs like Coreldraw and Nero please advise because if I switch I will not be able to go back to windows and that scares me a little
 
Old 03-31-2016, 05:16 AM   #2
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Usually the programs have a "version" on unix too. Nero does not exist, but there are other CD/DVD burning tools available offering the same (or even more) features. Coreldraw runs only on Windows, but for example you can try Gimp (which is available on windows and on linux too). I do not know Priners, but probably that means your printer. Printers are usually handled by linux very well, if you are in doubt please specify your model.
 
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Old 03-31-2016, 05:17 AM   #3
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But I am not sure I could run all my applications like my Priners or programs like Coreldraw and Nero please advise because if I switch I will not be able to go back to windows and that scares me a little
Hello and welcome to the forum

Be sure that you burn a restore CD of Windows 7, if you are able, should you decide to return to Windows. Please keep in mind that Linux itself will not run Windows software, although there are some cases where you can use WINE to run Windows programs. However, this method is not always successful. While WINE may (or may not) run your programs, you would need to confirm that their EULA's allow for such use.

You will most likely need to find Linux substitutes for Nero and CorelDRAW. As examples, for CorelDRAW, you could try either OpenOffice Draw (or LibreOffice Draw,) or Scribus and for Nero, Brasero. These programs should be available in the repositories of most distributions. However, they may or may not have the same features you desire or are used to.

Also, by "Priners," did you mean printers? If so, Please tell us what brand and model you have so we can tell you if it's compatible with Linux or not. For that matter, you may want to run a distribution you're interested in "live" before installing it to the hard drive, to make sure all your devices are compatible. It might save you some headaches that way.

Other members will most likely offer you their suggestions, too...

Regards...

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Old 03-31-2016, 06:04 AM   #4
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You can clone your hard drive with CloneZilla before switching over to Linux, if any point in time you want to switch over then you can reload the Clone data.

If your laptop supports VM, why not try VirtualBox. You might need to enable the VM support feature on the BIOS. If your laptop supports it; some BIOS manufacturer requires it to be manually enabled.

Load Linux OS to VirtualBox or any Virtualization software of your preference and see how it goes.

Any Linux distro in mind?
 
Old 03-31-2016, 07:17 AM   #5
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Load Linux OS to VirtualBox or any Virtualization software of your preference and see how it goes.
This is probably the best hint anybody could give at this time.
Alternatively, get any of the Linux Live-DVDs that come with some IT-magazines. If the shop allows it, you can quickly browse through the magazine to see, if this very Linux-distribution might interest you, or interest you more than others. The virtual machine or the live-DVD will not change anything in your current system until you take your decision to replace it (from the same DVD, maybe).
 
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Hi I am new here and are mo0re than curious to switch from windows 7 to Linux. But I am not sure I could run all my applications like my Priners or programs like Coreldraw and Nero please advise because if I switch I will not be able to go back to windows and that scares me a little
Thanks for your Input I have a HP Officejet 4500 printer would drivers be available?
 
Old 04-16-2016, 06:49 AM   #7
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Thanks for your Input I have a HP Officejet 4500 printer would drivers be available?
Yes, this model is supported in Linux by HPLIP drivers.

In particular
http://hplipopensource.com/hplip-web...0_g510a-f.html

Most Linux distros have hplip packages available, so just a matter of installing with the distro's package manager (software install utility).
 
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You're welcome

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