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Thinking of making the switch to Linux. I have a new computer build I'm going to start on and am thinking of using Linux desktop as my OS. I have never used Linux before and only recently started doing a little research so I know nothing. I'm sure a few people use Linux as a OS for they're home desktop rather than for server application that is my focus for this thread. I would like any input from such users as to pros and cons of Linux for this purpose. Any tips, tricks, or just good advice on dose and donts. If you were the one starting from scratch and planning on using Linux for your home desktop what would you do? I appreciate any advice but would like to keep this to the basics and what I mean is be up and running everyday tasks like I'm still on windows 7.
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Maybe a list of what is needed start to finish to get me to the point I can forget windows. Also what can I not do on Linux that I can on windows. If not that much I'd like to ditch windows altogether.
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Unless you're a heavy gamer, or NEED to use Adobe Photoshop products, you can pretty much do everything in Linux you can do it Windows. Some of the programs have different names (OpenOffice vs MS Office) but functionality is almost the same.

I'm a folder, and don't game much. If there was better GPU support in Linux, i'd have stayed there, but I get better PPD using windows smile.gif
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So bad graphic support. I will have to atleast keep windows one computer since everything I do for school requires it but would like to be Linux only on this desktop and not dual boot. So I should forget using one of my 7970gpu's and eyefinity with Linux?
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Any one place or a good thread I should look into for programs? Maybe a link to get me started on laying out what all I want on the system. Suggestions on programs guide and/or comparison
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Normally the distro you choose will have a software repository. For more help tell us what you plan on doing on the PC.
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Tip for any linux distro: Install it, try to live with it, go back to windows xD . Best option is to just dual boot imo thumb.gif specially if you are a gamer.
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I play a few rts games and some crysis but its on rare occasion and I can do that on another system. What ill use system for- email, alot of websurfing for various reasons, office program such as msoffice, blackboard (program for school), saving music and movies to extra drives as backup, watching TV. In the future I'd like to get into programming a bit. I would like to have multiple monitors like eyefinity if possible. I find myself watching lectures on one screen typing on another and maybe looking up references on third screen. I use three screens alot so if not possible it might be a deal breaker on this build. If that's the case I still would like Linux on another system to get familiar with it.
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I play a few rts games and some crysis but its on rare occasion and I can do that on another system. What ill use system for- email, alot of websurfing for various reasons, office program such as msoffice, blackboard (program for school), saving music and movies to extra drives as backup, watching TV. In the future I'd like to get into programming a bit. I would like to have multiple monitors like eyefinity if possible. I find myself watching lectures on one screen typing on another and maybe looking up references on third screen. I use three screens alot so if not possible it might be a deal breaker on this build. If that's the case I still would like Linux on another system to get familiar with it.

Setting up multiple screens shouldn't be too difficult from how others describe it but...it will not be some sort of GUI point and click adventure. So, if you're OK the possibility of having to doing some work in a CLI/terminal to get non-typical things (3screens is non-typical) up and running then you'll be fine.

Depending on how much time you want to spend and how well you understand things an "easy" distro can be as different as Arch or an Ubuntu distro. Arch/Gentoo/Slackware are all about giving you control and in return you will have more work to do and no GUI during setup...but it will be an OS setup to pretty much exactly how you tell it to be. Ubuntu/Mint/openSUSE are all about saving you time and doing things for you (this is about the only thing they share with Windows philosophically). Thus, they'll give you less control at the start but you'll have generally less work to do. Easy is an inaccurate term for the most part when describing Linux distros...it is more about how much time and "work" for control you want.

Also, if you want to use MSOffice you can install it through either Wine/PlayonLinux/Crossover so long as it is 2010 or older as I don't think 2013 is working yet.
     
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Thinking of making the switch to Linux. I have a new computer build I'm going to start on and am thinking of using Linux desktop as my OS. I have never used Linux before and only recently started doing a little research so I know nothing. I'm sure a few people use Linux as a OS for they're home desktop rather than for server application that is my focus for this thread. I would like any input from such users as to pros and cons of Linux for this purpose. Any tips, tricks, or just good advice on dose and donts. If you were the one starting from scratch and planning on using Linux for your home desktop what would you do? I appreciate any advice but would like to keep this to the basics and what I mean is be up and running everyday tasks like I'm still on windows 7.

I'm sure I'm about the last one left on OCN (and/or the internet in general) but I just recently started trying to really dive into reddit: there are a number of Linux-oriented subreddits there and an apparent large thriving community of both information seekers and providers.

I would also recommend doing some practice with a virtual machine before trying to switch over. Use virtualbox or virtualpc (etc.) and make the VM full screen. Then use that as if it it were your primary OS. Except I don't think you can triple display a VM so there will be some limits but...just try otherwise getting all your work done for a week or two. If you've only ever used GUIs/MS Windows Linux might be a bit a transition. It's just a different approach/philosophy and (speaking for myself) there might be some "culture shock". May want to take it slow.

Here's the main Linux subreddit, along the right column are some related ones for specific distros and categories.
 
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