Originally posted by Vulcan Power
Yeah Linux looks really nice, however I am not sure how compatible it is with Windows programs and games. I know there are emulators, but can Linux run Windows software not under emulation? Also, what is the best version of Linux to get? Red-Hat? What version are they up to now?
what cheesie windows programs would you want to run under linux?
Games you will need an emulator for unless the manufacturer has created it for linux...which most are doing so.
Photoshop sucks on anything but a MAC. There are tons of graphics programs that run under linux that are as good if not better than Adobe photoshop.
word and excel suck cause of portablitiy and the fact that they release so many macro virii for anything microshaft. There is Star Office and it is free and has the same abilities as office 2002
You can run a host of browsers under linux as well as the IE version. Mail clients you can use just about any of them. Not sure if outlook 2002 is available or not, but i dont run it or want to so i live with Agent. It is a lot better then outlook is more flexability and you can spoof header information in it better...hehehe
As far as the version of Linux to use. Well if you want to run redhat for the ease of the install then go for it.
I personally run both Solaris Unix and my own version of linux. I have a custom kernel and have compiled it for my use only. I would avoid the name brands of redhat and caldera. they both are plagued with issues.
If you want ease then get redhat it is easy to install and setup. You can then go and customize your kernal with what you want.
I personally started with Slackware 8.0
and customized my kernel. I have just done the latest alan cox patch as well to make my kernal 2.4.13 It runs sweet as can be.