New to the system -> have not gotten through all FAQs yet.
I am buying new netbook. Am really interested in dropping win7starter and running Linux.
My question is about switching everything I currently do on my desktop (WIN XP 32) and doing the tasks on Linux (on my netbook first). I am an engineering student and will use netbook for school mostly. Netbook new -1.66Gz Dual Core with 2 Gb RAM (10.1").
Running Power Point
Sharing media with my friends
Connecting devices - (I have a blue tooth USB headset)
Running Rosetta Stone
Possibly running Ableton Live 8
Connecting to my desktop to exchange files
What are some issues I can expect in the switch? I have been intereseted in Linux for a while now. I would like to get into it as there seems to have major functional advantages over Windows - like less required memory for simple tasks. If everything is smooth on Netbook I will likely install Linux on my desktop.
Matlab - they have both 32-bit and 64-bit Linux versions
Power Point - Open Office or (better) Libre Office
Online Radio - I use VLC Media Player to stream radio - doing that now
Watching DVDs - as long as you install the decss library, most Linux media players will play commercial DVDs just fine
Sharing Media - there are a bunch of Linux tools, such as ffmpeg, that can transcode just about any A/V format into any other
Connecting Devices - current Linux kernels support just about anything you might have, including bluetooth headset.
Rosetta Stone - Seems to be Windows only. You may need to run it on Windows in a virtual machine.
Ableton Live 8 - there are good linux substitutes such as Audacity for music composition, mixing, etc.
Connecting to Desktop - I assume the desktop is Windows. That is easy enough, either sharing your Windows folders or Linux folders using Samba/CIFS. You can also remote control your desktop using tools like VNC. You run a service for VNC on Windows, and then you can connect and view/control the desktop from your Linux system. I do this all the time for remote client support.
Issues? Different packages that do the same thing still have different interfaces, features, glitches, etc. All this takes getting used to. Also, some things on Linux you will have to do from the command line, so be prepared to get comfortable with that. In any case, Linux is much more secure (no virus scanners generally needed but are available).