In my last (ID28342450), I got my first hi level advice about choosing a Linux application for a Samsung Netbook (Samsung Netbook Intel Atom N550, 1.5GHz; 84Gb HD; 2GB RAM; 32 bit). Windows OS runs MS Office Word/Excel/PowerPoint noticeably slowly.
My original intention for the Netbook was as a travel aid, largely communicating via webmail.
Whilst that will be the main aim, I now want to explore the additional capability of READING MS/Open office documents, and rarely writing/editing such documents.
My Questions are:
Is it practicable to install Linux Mint alongside Windows 7, so I can retain the latter's capability, the MS applications I've already bought, and my existing Windows files? Then when needed I could, and albeit slowly, round trip between Open Office / Mint to and MS Office / Windows 7.
If I install Linux alongside Windows, how easy is it to switch between them? I suspect that Windows will be used rarely, so I dont want to forget how to deploy it when I (eventually) need it.
If the Netbook has only Linux Mint as OS, how true is it that it will not require cover from Anti-virus; anti-Malware; indeed any protection against web-based attack?