Originally Posted by BKW259@MSN.com
I have windows 2000 professional, and I am trying to find out somthings. First, to what precise level would I have to upgrade to inorder to be able to install 2007 Office suite??? And next, will any version of REDHAT be comprable or better then windows 2000 pro. and be comatable with all my windows based applications and games?????? I need some help within the next 24 hours. Thanks for your help and patience.
Wow... I'm speechless. I thought I'd never see a post like this, seriously.
/shakes off awe and shock.
Just like the other replies, this is another "me too" for the upgrading path to XP and then, once you are all setup in XP if you still want to fiddle with Linux, THEN try a Linux distribution in a dual boot setup so you can get the hang of things. Since you apparently need
support for MS-Office 2007, you most likely be best off in XP or even Vista (though I can't find any justifying arguments to convince myself of a need
for Vista whatsoever)...
Linux is not like Windows, in that it doesn't support programs written for it (natively at least), though there are ways to get Windows programs to run, which is not a feat for the faint of heart, even though it is not hard at all, it can
be confusing, especially if you are not
very tech savvy, or keen to messing with things.
You most likely won't find Linux much difficult, but you'll find it to be rather different, and in some cases radically different
than Windows. These differences might lead you to think that doing things in Linux is "difficult" when it is not, as both OSes use a substantially different underlying logic of operation, which might be a bit disorientating at times. Since your decision seems to be rather critical, and since you seem to have some very "Windows-dependent" requirements, the best path for you at the moment would be to keep Windows and upgrade to XP or Vista (if you can stomach it).