July 6, 2015

What Linux system could I get that will be compatible with all my MS files? Also, can I put a Linux OS on my laptop along with Windows 7 and still use both?

I have a windows 7 OS and therefore many MS applications and files.  What Linux system could I get that will be compatible with all my files.  Also, can I put a Linux OS on my laptop along with Windows 7 and still use both?

Ubuntu's business model is to create as user friendly a distribution as...

Ubuntu's business model is to create as user friendly a distribution as possible. I have found Ubuntu is the easiest transition from a Windows to a Linux desktop in terms of application compatibility availability.
Also, for alternative applications, try the Google search phrase "windows linux equivalent". This is just one site that tries to list alternative Linux applications and most will therefore open Microsoft created files http://www.linuxalt.com/

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No Linux distro will be 100% compatible with all your Windows files,...

No Linux distro will be 100% compatible with all your Windows files, especially Windows application files. You can definitely install Linux on your Windows 7 machine if you have enough available disk space. ( Google "How to shrink a Win 7 file system" to see how to free up space ). When space is available, you can format the Linux partition as FAT32 and then be able to share files between OS's. Linux will be able to read images, documents and spreadsheets just fine.

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