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I'm at a point now where I don't see myself needing any windows features. It used to be for directx but the only games that I play nowadays are supported on linux through steam (dota 2, cs:go)

My only concern is if I do setup a main os of ubuntu or linuxmint will I still have full functionality with .doc / .docx / pdf's or any other normal filetypes.

I do schoolwork in java which I know will be easier in Linux. I do however use cisco utilities such a packet tracer, will I need to use an emulator like Wine or vmware or are these supported in linux now?

I also have a ton of video files in obscure formats, am I able to get all supported codecs in linux?
I've never used linux before but am greatly tempted by it's speed and customizability.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I'm at a point now where I don't see myself needing any windows features. It used to be for directx but the only games that I play nowadays are supported on linux through steam (dota 2, cs:go)

My only concern is if I do setup a main os of ubuntu or linuxmint will I still have full functionality with .doc / .docx / pdf's or any other normal filetypes.

I do schoolwork in java which I know will be easier in Linux. I do however use cisco utilities such a packet tracer, will I need to use an emulator like Wine or vmware or are these supported in linux now?

I also have a ton of video files in obscure formats, am I able to get all supported codecs in linux?
I've never used linux before but am greatly tempted by it's speed and customizability.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Download LibreOffice for all of your documents and excelsheets, etc...
I have no idea about cisco utilities.
Everything should be playable in Linux, if not there will be codecs online.
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I have an external drive with a lot of my files on it. Will I be able to access it as normal if I change my os drive over? Or does it need to be formatted differently.

Also, is trim enabled on linux? Will I still be able to use intel's rapidstore ahci driver?
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I have an external drive with a lot of my files on it. Will I be able to access it as normal if I change my os drive over? Or does it need to be formatted differently.

Also, is trim enabled on linux? Will I still be able to use intel's rapidstore ahci driver?

From your first post I'll warn you that anything in MSOffice2007 or newer file formats will come out incorrect in Libreoffice and MSOffice will complain about any open document file formats and promptly ruin their formatting. Best to MSOffice if you need to have it's formats or edit files in it's formats. Video codecs are far easier in Linux just like audio codecs.

If the external is formatted in NTFS (windows default) it should be accessible with most distros. If that drive is never going to be attached to a windows machine then I'd recommend making it an EXT4 format drive.

Trim is not technically enabled in Linux. I used to say use discard through fstab but I think I'm going to go with the crowd and the kernel maintainers and say you should run fstrim instead. No idea on the intel thing.
     
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Yes, you will be able to access files normally from Linux. I have ubuntu dual booting with windows and I can access my windows files from ubuntu (but not vice versa) so external drives shouldn't be a problem. Also, LibreOffice is definitely not a good option for word processing, etc. when working with newer formatted files, as it completely screws up the format of the files so if you want to use it for schoolwork then LibreOffice is not a good idea. However you can install Office 2007, etc. under Wine. Find your Product Key using Belarc advisor for Windows to find it, and then download the ISO file from the microsoft website and install it on ubuntu. I don't know if this will run incredibly smoothly though, it depends on your system. Overall, with my experience, ubuntu is fantastic. I have a laptop that is running on 1 core (centrino duo but 2 cores gives me bsods -__-) and ubuntu boots in about 30 seconds, so I'd definitely recommend it for performance.

EDIT: Also, ubuntu has the app "Videos" and VLC installed on it by default (not 100% sure about VLC) but you should be able to play most video formats with these two players, they're really good.
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I'm at a point now where I don't see myself needing any windows features. It used to be for directx but the only games that I play nowadays are supported on linux through steam (dota 2, cs:go)

My only concern is if I do setup a main os of ubuntu or linuxmint will I still have full functionality with .doc / .docx / pdf's or any other normal filetypes.

I do schoolwork in java which I know will be easier in Linux. I do however use cisco utilities such a packet tracer, will I need to use an emulator like Wine or vmware or are these supported in linux now?

I also have a ton of video files in obscure formats, am I able to get all supported codecs in linux?
I've never used linux before but am greatly tempted by it's speed and customizability.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  • LibreOffice will open the majority of MS Office documents, but you may find a few fringe cases where you'd need to jump back to MS Office. MS Office can be run via WINE (a Windows compatibility layer, not an emulator) but you may find you have to fall back to a Windows VM.
  • PDF's are an open specification these days (still proprietary, but open in the sense that Adobe release the spec for anyone to implement) so there's a great deal of free PDF readers for Linux. You may also find that Mint and/or Ubuntu also ship with a PDF writer too.
  • Linux has a whole bunch of networking utilities already; some of which comes pre-installed, some of which you'll need to install from the package manager. Most of Linuxes networking tools are command line based, but you do find some have a GUI wrapper. I can't speak for whether your Cisco specific stuff will run on Linux though, but many people do prefer Linux and other UNIX-like OSs for that kind of low level network management / hacking because of the tools available.
  • Linux will play any multimedia file type going. Just download the codecs for non-free media formats from your package manager.

With regards to virtualisation, Virtualbox is by far and away the easiest to set up and use on Linux. However that comes at a price as Virtualbox is also the worst performing of all the virtual machines. So the question there is which matters more; performance or convenience. Usually I opt for the latter.
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From your first post I'll warn you that anything in MSOffice2007 or newer file formats will come out incorrect in Libreoffice and MSOffice will complain about any open document file formats and promptly ruin their formatting. Best to MSOffice if you need to have it's formats or edit files in it's formats.

All of my works office 2007 and newer stuff opens and saves just fine on my machines and again opens again on their machines just fine tongue.gif

All except one file I should say. Never did figure out what was freaking out in that file though.
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All of my works office 2007 and newer stuff opens and saves just fine on my machines and again opens again on their machines just fine tongue.gif

All except one file I should say. Never did figure out what was freaking out in that file though.

I guess I have really bad luck in everything but for me it doesn't matter what distro or what version of LibreOffice...any thing with a .docx, .xlxs, pptx come out with weird issues like ignored formatting or misplaced text boxes in presentation. On the other side not only does MSOffice have the same problem with reading anything ods, odt, (whatever the presentation format is); it also claims "There's an error with this file and it needs to be recovered", then it tries to scare you into saving in an MSOffice format if you make changing by claiming "If you don't save it our way then the file might not be usable". That's been my experience for the last 3 years.

If I'm not going to share the file with a Windows user I don't use MSOffice but lately I've had to do a lot of that. I also sometimes use Excel over Calc because it's easier on the eyes for me but strangely I find Write far superior in most respects compared to Word. Yeah, I'm messed up. biggrin.gif

OP: If you want a higher quality video player then you should use either XBMC or an mplayer frontend. VLC is fine for general use but it's not the best with handling high quality stuff.
     
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OP: If you want a higher quality video player then you should use either XBMC or an mplayer frontend. VLC is fine for general use but it's not the best with handling high quality stuff.
Really? VLC looks fine in HD for me.
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