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Linux Mint runs pretty brilliantly in a VM, so you should be able to test it out to your hearts content while still in Windows.
Really, the big kicker is hardware support. It's a shame that something like my mouse (a G700) has basically no driver support in Linux, but I understand why that's the case.
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Also you'll probably want to forget a lot of about how things are done in general.. what works in Windows doesn't necessarily apply in Linux, and to make it more interesting, what works in one distro doesn't necessarily work in another. Keep an open mind... going to be a pretty big learning curve.
Posted 23 May 2013 - 02:21
That's a good tip too for safety/stability's sake. Applications usually aren't that big a deal, maybe it might not work properly, but usually no major problems. System level stuff though, think twice before going out of the repository. Failures can range anywhere from "inconvenient but fixable" to rendering your system unable to boot at all. Packages in Linux tend to be pretty picky about what versions of other packages they're working with, never mind different distros do things differently.. a package that was designed for Ubuntu may work in Debian. Or it may cause your computer to go into meltdown.
Learn to use the repository; don't just download drivers and other software from the Internet at large!
Just a minor suggestion for that one, if a "Windows-like" experience is what you're after, look into KDE or Cinnamon. Probably the most "traditional" setup of the desktops. Not saying they're better, just more familiar. Under the hood they're still totally different animals, but it may ease the learning curve a bit. If I wasn't primarily KDE I'd probably give Mate a hard look, I was kind of a fan of Gnome 2 back in the Ubuntu 7.10-or-thereabouts days.. less Windows-like but a comfortable setup. XFCE isn't too hard to pick up on either. (Don't get me started on Gnome 3 though.. makes Win8 look sane. Again, opinion.)
The way things are done in Windows is often not the way it should be done in Linux
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Thanks guys I'll let you know how my Linux adventures go!
Linux has been around for so long that there should be lots of quality software that is not ported to Windows. When I already have Gimp 2.8 on Windows and Audacity for Windows that just hurts why I would use Linux for my main desktop.
Posted 24 May 2013 - 03:57