Switching totally from windows to linux
Posted on 2006-05-08
I know that this question has been asked many times, but I will need more prcise information about certain applications. I consider migrating to linux from windows xp which is currently my development and work environment. As I mentioned it will be my os for hosting studios for developping applications and furthermore the normal daily working and life applications. I need the following as open source if not possible then free if not possbile then commercial, the disto which I installed is SUSE 10.
1--an office with macros, I have heared of open office, does it support macros? and are they the same as VBA macros
2-shortcut program like WinKey
3-free calling software like voipbuster ...
4-outlook like program,with calenders contacts, notes,etc...
5-instant dictionaries or clicktionaries from english -english, english german.
6-a program that opens the compressing in all kinds like ,zip, rar ,bin etc.... or most of them.
7-is there a website that lists all the software and latest versions and descriptions that are available for linux like windows
8-a good antivirus program and firewall (important)
9-a partition magic alike software, for partitioning disks
10-Alcohol 120% alike software (emulators for cd)
11-which disto do you recommend me, I already installed SUSE, but would like to hear you experts
12-the above are preferable to be open source when not then free when not then no problem if they cost , please indicate when giving more han one candidate for each point is highly welcomed and please give your openion or at lease links to the candidates so I can quickly read it
13-will I be able to open windows without rebooting?
14-will I be able to install applications designed for windows in a way or another on linux?
I know they are many questions, but an expert should have used most of the mentioned or most of them in his daily life.