1) How can i run things like flash player for watching online video, is this possible on linux?
2) Are there some forms of online content that only work on windows, can they be made to wrok on linux? I hear things about silverlight and html 5 players which will refuse to run on linux. Do some websites lock down their content against linux users but let mac and windows users access it? If such locking down happens can linux users "beat" it and find a way to access the content despite the site's attempts to stop them?
3)I have some old programs i use which are no longer available for download, i have installers but they are installers designed for use in for windows(XP though thye work on windows 8 aswell) not in linux, can these be made/forced/beaten over the metaphorical head with a metaphorical hammer/persuaded/tweaked to run in linux? Two of the programs are exe files, one is a .bat script the foruth is a "plugin" using something called rb script which goes into one of the programs. This is an especially critical consideration for me.
4)How can one open common microsoft office (word, publisher,powerpoint,excel) formats? it is fine for a user to work in an open source format but when friends and colleagues send me things in microsoft office fomrats i need to be able to open them, read them, edit them and finally send them back in the same format.
5)How can one get other closed source file formats to open? In the case of there being no linux version of a program used to open them can a window exe program which opens them be made to run on linux?
6)Can linux read and write files to normal ntfs and fat32 formatted usb sticks?
7)Can linux read and write oridnary CD-RW discs, such as those that have been written on windows machines?
8)With the aid of a media player like VLC can linux play DVDs, or are there other driver/compatibility/software issues?
9)Can linux machines be connected to printers and other hardware which is designed to run with windows machines, or must linux machiens connect to specialised linux compatible peripherals?
10)Are there any tasks which are easy on windows computers but not on linux ones, are there any things that a user moving from windows would find themselves unable to do on linux?
11)Does using linux require use of a command line interface or can EVERYTHING be done from a grpahical user interface and the command line is just an alternative option for those who prefer typing commands to clicking icons?
12)Most hardware and computer accesories on sale in shops describe their compatibilities with windows and mac machines but don't mention linux, will they work with linux computers?
13)How much maintainance,updating,general fiddling with the system must a linux user do, once he has a configuration that he likes and his programs are running does he need to do regular administration stuff?
14)How can linux machines be kept secure? i know they are tougher against viruses than windows but i also know they are not immune.
15)Does using a linux computer mean the user must constantly modify things, edit parts of the system, make repairs, or is it a case of set it up once and never worry again?
16)How big a complication for setting up linux systems is the secure boot feature being built into modern computers?
17)Do linux computers suffer problems with setting up internet connections, such as when one first plugs in an ethernet cable or connects to wifi or a dongle and goes through sign-up processes and such?
18)Does using linux require a user to be an "advanced" user and to understand command line interfaces and be skilled enough to fix any problem a pc could encounter?
19) what is the file browser like on linux? is it just like finding a file in a windows directory or something a bit weirder?
20) is there a sort of "pecking order" of linux systems where users are supposed to switch to different ones as they get more experience, or is it just a matter of picking the correct operating system for you and then using it and installing new programs when you want to be able to do new things with it. Just like how on windows XP a user would stick with an xp operating system and when they wanted to do new stuff they would just browse the web and download and install new exe file programs.
21)is linux good for, slightly techier than average home users, or mainly for running on web servers rather than desktop/laptop personal computers?
22)does linux treat file types and extensions in the same way that windows does?
23)due to the number of differnet versions of linux that exist is it often hard to find support for problems which is relevant to your particular system type?
24)Does linux lack any abilities that windows xp or windows 8 systems have?
25) for formats like zip, 7z, jpg, png, gif, txt, pdf, avi, mpg, mp4, mp3, rar can these be downloaded from websites just like one does on windows?
If some of these questions sound stupid or obvious, remember i've heard OF linux, i haven't ever USED it yet.
Edited by rp88, 26 November 2014 - 07:48 PM.