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After dealing with a botched patch from Microsoft, which hosed my Master Boot Record for Win 7 yesterday, I am considering switching over to a vs of Linux.

Now here are the things I am trying to determine/want.
1. There are many things that only work with Win7 that I need.
2. My wife is not technical at all, so I see that I will have to keep Windows available for her. I am envisioning running something like Ubuntu or something and having some sort of VM running which will have Win 7 running 24/7 in it.
3. What flavor of Linux is going to be the best for these purposes. The last time I even looked at Linux was Red Hat and that was about 10 years ago.
4. What will I need to do to have everything functional will Virtualization, and is there a paticluar virtualization software I should be looking at. I know we use VMWare at work (System Admins do, I'm the Network Architect) or will something like VirtualBox be better?
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you do realize its crazy easy to fix mbr problems in any os right....

but hey linux is awesome so WELCOME TO THE CLUB lol

1. what programs do you think you "need" most people dont "need" programs they think they do, and open source options will actually match all the features of high end programs (like office and adobe stuff) that the average person actually uses

2. its easy as cake to pick up linux for casual use honestly you can teach your grandma how to surf the web in linux if you want to lol

3. ubuntu is alright for beginners... mint is also good... or you can do fedora... try some live discs out and just pick one ya like be aware of different desktop enviornments such as gnome2 gnome3 kde unity and openbox... those will be about the biggest differences newer users will notice between distros

4. virtualbox is pretty awesome
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There are some work apps I need that I know are not written for Linux. Same with my wife's work and school apps. On top of that I am not sure if some of the games I play will work with Linux either.

I read that virtualbox is great in many things and will pick up network settings with no problems but has issues picking up usb devices. That will be a major issue as I have to have access to a multitude of usb devices.

I am sure I'll be able to pick up the differences on the different OS's. Even if it was entirely cmd or CLI. tbh I think i would have an easier time teaching my 80y/o grandmother linux than my wife, she just doesn't have a technical bone in her body.
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There are some work apps I need that I know are not written for Linux. Same with my wife's work and school apps. On top of that I am not sure if some of the games I play will work with Linux either.

I read that virtualbox is great in many things and will pick up network settings with no problems but has issues picking up usb devices. That will be a major issue as I have to have access to a multitude of usb devices.

I am sure I'll be able to pick up the differences on the different OS's. Even if it was entirely cmd or CLI. tbh I think i would have an easier time teaching my 80y/o grandmother linux than my wife, she just doesn't have a technical bone in her body.
what applications are we talkin? and what games?

wine is an option, but it really should only be used as a last resort... if your machine is powerful enough, you can just run your windows software in a VM

i never really had problems with virtualbox but i didnt use it for that long... i use vmware player on windows, dont virtualize in linux
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games - SC2 is only one i'm not sure will run in linux, Eve Online i know can be ran in Linux
apps - these range and vary from Cisco utilities, Cisco SSL VPN clients, Activclient for CAC/PIV, MS Office is a must since Outlook refers to an exchange server, she works for Mercedes-Benz and they have some custom apps that only work with MS, they won't even work with her co-workers MacBook with OSX. I am not sure of all the apps she has for school, all i know is they are medical based, yeah she's trying to make a career change.
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well.... i know sc2 runs in wine few people around who play it on linux

dont know exactly how well, but it does
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Originally Posted by bratas View Post
games - SC2 is only one i'm not sure will run in linux, Eve Online i know can be ran in Linux
apps - these range and vary from Cisco utilities, Cisco SSL VPN clients, Activclient for CAC/PIV, MS Office is a must since Outlook refers to an exchange server, she works for Mercedes-Benz and they have some custom apps that only work with MS, they won't even work with her co-workers MacBook with OSX. I am not sure of all the apps she has for school, all i know is they are medical based, yeah she's trying to make a career change.
afaik starcraft 2 will run fine in wine.

WineHQ

this link above is to the winehq appdb which can tell you a lot of what you can run into, it seems to hold a "gold" status, which typically means very little problems, if any, which also translates into problems you might have in windows as well. this is a very good rating

I would be surpised if cisco didn't have linux tools? but i could be wrong

as for the MS office and outlook, would honestly be a hit or miss in wine...i had office 2003 running just fine with wine, but when i upgraded to 2007 i think that is when it screwed the pooch and became unusable. as for the other programs from mercedes, might work might not in wine, depends on how much of the windows api they relied on when building them and if its been implemented yet or not.
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You might be better off trying playonlinux for MS Office and games (essentially it is wine)
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Cisco has to have linux tools, the majority of their servers and workstations are RH I believe. It would be foolish of them not to have those tools, mainly because of their close ties to unix/linux. In fact, I believe the code that all their routers run on is Unix based.

As for the school apps/medical stuff, you'll have to tell us specific names.

VM or wine for Office, rather just exchange as there are plenty of apps/programs that can replace most of Office.
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i know a cool cisco tool for linux

Cisco auditing tool
Cisco Global Exploiter
Cisco OCS Mass Scanner
Cisco Passwd Scanner
Copy router config
Merge router config

under /pentest/cisco/ in backtrack4r2 lol... couldnt resist
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