reply to post by pheonix358
I don't use Ubuntu I use PCLInuxOS. Not that really matters since there are so many distributions you can simply pick one that you like. You can try
them using first by getting hold of bootable distros. Almost all distros have bootable images these days. Linux magazine disks usually have a
In general you can do everything with Linux that you can do with windows even the "apps". This is especially the case with typical apps : video
players. office, image editors, music players, internet brows, tools etc. If you really want to run a windows only app you can still do so in one of
A. Use an app called wine that runs the windows app as is under linux. It's not an emulator (Wine Is Not an Emulator hence W.I.N.E) but more of a
translator between what the app expects and linux has. Not all apps can run like this, usually the graphic intensive ones, the wine website has a
B. Run a virtualised app such as Virtualbox. This allows you to install ANY operating system as a virtual machine. I have this with windows
7......which I only use for "accessing Blu-ray movies for viewing later" if you get my drift ;-) With virtual box I can run in a mode called
seamless where the apps run in windows windows on a linux desktop (quite impressive!).
C. You can always have a dual boot machine and you choose to run either windows or linux at boot. You install any number of O/S's as long as you have
enough disk space.......although linux O/S's are considerbly smaller. With this option your existing windows is left unchanged.
Microsoft Office : I have an app called LibreOffice which is fully compatible with microsoft office. I have never had the need to go back to MS
Games : Now here you have me. This is the one weakness of Linux. That said Steam is now available for Linux. Not only that but the Steam developers
are actively pursuing a Linux future for their games, including a Linux games machine.
A lot of apps under linux are also available for windows, try these:
LibreOffice - office suite
GIMP - photo editor
VLC - video player (a better player for windows anyway!)
Firefox - as you already know
Ebay is website and as such depends on the browser for full functionality not the underlying O/S.
There is tons of stuff available for Linux and almost all of it is free opensource. The quaility of a lot of this has improved considerably over that
past few years. Also note that Android is Linux. So there is a lot of Linux development for phones and tablets with all the non Android distros vying
to get a bit of those markets. So many of those existing Linux apps will be getting am upgrade to make them useable on small screen devices.
Please take a jump, the water is lovely and FREE,