jmartin17 wrote:I am considering replacing Windows XP Pro SP3 with Linux Mint with the Cinnamon interface. I am new to Linux and my question is will all the windows apps run and will they have to be re-installed after installing Linux Mint with the Cinnamon interface? I also wonder if it will recognize the hardware and wireless network?
is there any guide lines to follow or other recommendations.
Any help is appreciated.
James R. Martin
What programs are you using in Windows?
Some common/open source programs will work 100%:
Libre Office/Open Office
GIMP image editor
Blender 3D creation program
Steam (selected games only but many of them)
A lot of games (especially the ones from Humble Indie Bundle)
Also you'll get some other common programs which you may haven't used in windows but the funtionality is the same such as:
Photo management (Shotwell)
Text Editor (gedit)
PDF Viewer (Document Viewer)
Music Player (Banshee)
Other apps that are almost included in you current OS
For further reading http://www.pcworld.com/article/143396/linux_apps.html
Application that may work under WINE, but still not 100% functional:
Microsoft Office Applications
AutoCad/AutoDesk 3D software
Other windows only applications
About your hardware, you can test drive Linux Mint by downloading the ISO from the official website, burn it to a DVD and boot to it. You'll have a Live Environment where you can explore the OS and get the hang of it. You can also burn it to a USB drive for a better performance.
Read this tutorial for ubuntu, still applicable to Linux Mint. http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/usb
Goodluck with your adventure in Linux. And an advise from a newbie like me, Linux is not Windows, don't blame it if it does things in ways different than windows. And its always a good idea to backup data from your hard drives when you are trying something new.
"I learned a lot from repeatedly breaking my system and then reinstalling. Oh, and a lot of GOOGLE searches too!"