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Old 04-14-2014, 07:36 AM   #1
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Question Moving from Windows XP to Linux

Hello, I have a small (one man) business based in lancashire in the UK & use XP operating system on 2 PC's & a small business server. Microsoft advise I must now upgrade the operating system and probably buy new hardware. I would like to move away from windows & XP & microsoft if possible & have heard about Linux & ubuntu but am unsure what or how I can do this, is there simple understable jargon free help out there ?
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Look at this post #11 for helpful useful information. As for your server needs please do a LQ search to find some helpful information.
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For business use, you need a stable, enterprise-class distribution. Assuming you don't want to pay for Red Hat or SUSE, there are three:

CentOS (a free version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux)
Debian Stable: for a small computer install with the AntiX disk
Slackware: best experienced as Salix, which adds lots of extra software

If you're still using XP and would need new hardware for Windows 8, then memory size is important. On the desktop, the minimum requirements are
1GB Debian
640MB CentOS
256MB for Salix
128MB (just about) with LXDE version of Salix or the AntiX installer for Debian.

You can get away with 128GB or less on the server if you install without a GUI. That may seem scary if you're used to Windows, but that's the way it's usually done: the less stuff you have running, the easier it is to sort out a problem if one arises.

Have a look here for available software
LibreOffice has the facilities of Microsoft Office and Gnucash is probably good enough for your accounts, although commercial programs are also available.

Searching for "Linux small business" reveals a lot of helpful tips, like
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i wonder what type of business this would be for (there are distros specific for electronics/medical offices/music and video production). also what applications do you currently run on windows (hopefully they make a version of it for linux and if not there maybe appropriate alternatives for them).


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