Linux is new to me and would appreciate
knowing what user's think of it!!
Is it worth bothering about, what sort of
virus,spyware and other programs are compatable?
anything that you think is relevent to assist my late education and ease the struggle.
What do I think of Linux? I believe it is a kernel developed to build an operating system around. I think this building leads to a stable and robust OS that I get to set to do what I want it to do. I may choose differet desktop managers, file managers, package managers to what I want...(not windows bashing) not rely on what some hacker in a clean room decides I need or want or should have. Linux is about freedom and options. More on that later if you like. There's a commercial out, It has a man dressed as an Apple Mac, arguing with a man who's dressed as a window about hwo does what better. While they are arguing, this geeky little kid with 3 arms comes in and interrupts them saying something like, "Hey guys", they both look at him and say "hello, Linux" very drolly> Linux then says, "Look, I've made myself a third arm so I can be more productive." with that he wanders off. That about sums up the difference between *nix and many other OS's. You make it work how you want.
You will hear a bit about spyware/antivirus stuff in the linux world. You really don't need it. Though there are viruses written for linux, because of the way Linux works, you would actually have to install it your self and make it run. Linux only does what you tell it. Further, viruses in Linux are written mostly to attack certain server applications or Mail Server applications, and are specific to the version and appliction itself. I myslef have only recently began running antivirus on my *nix box. Not of necessity, but of responsibility. I found something out I overlooked before. Just because the viruses don't work, doesn't mean they aren't there. For example, If I type a document in MS Word, and it gets infected by a virus, the virus has become part of that document. If I send it to a linux box, nothing will happen to that computer, but the virus is still there. When that Linux box mails it wo a windows box, it could inadvertantly infect the windows box. So, real answer, you don't need it, but it would be the responsible thing to do. You'll find sometimes the linux community can be a bit elitist. Their attitudes can sometimes be like "If they catch a virus then it serves them right for using that OS." While it may be true, it's not a very responsible attitude.
To help you out, I would reccommend the Linux Bible, found at many computer, and book stores. If not, it's in Amazon. Linux for Dummies is a great place to start as well. I am a collector of the for dummies books, they have a way of teaching you exactly what you need to know in a way you will deffinately retain.
Dang it...didn't mean to make it this long of a post.