A few questions from a switcher
Posted on 2004-08-15
OK, I want to switch to Unix (or maybe Linux), but have some (simple) questions...
Firstly I have a Epson photo Stylus 810, but don't know if finding printer drivers will be an issue. I done a search on the Epson website and when it gave the option to select an OS the closest was Linux with not even a mention of UNIX. When I done the search I only got a few PDF files anyway. No drivers. Is this a common problem and what can be done about it?
Second which is the most user-frindley varient (or flavour)? Which has the greatest compatibility? Does UNIX or Linux offer the larger range of avaliable software and how difficult is this to find?
Thirdly what software would you recommend (general use software for purposes such as word processing (I know there is OpenOffice, but are there any all-in-one packages like MS Office?) and databases) what browsers are compatible with it? Are there many viruses for LINUX or UNIX and do these depend on the flavour (or varient) I believe they use the same kernel, but does this mean that one shell can be prone to one virus, but it will not affect another?