I'm basically an open-software virgin, and although I'm always ready to learn more about computers, right now I'm at a loss for several things. Some concerns I have with installing Linux: 1)Which kernel is the best? Some FAQs recommend Debian, but is that really the best option? 2)Do all programs carry over to Linux, or are some completly incompatible with Linux? I would like to keep the microsoft Word, powerpoint, and Excel. I know there are adaquate replacements for Word or Excel, but what are they? Is there a good replacement for Powerpoint? What about some other programs such as MSN or AIM, even Firefox? Do these work on Linux? Does anyone know if Photoshop works on Linux? 3)What about the internet? Is there anything I might want to know before using Linux on the internet? 4)When I install a Linux kernel from CD or such, I was thinking about reasing my entire Windows OS, but if I did so, would everything on my hardrive (word files, pictures, programs ect) be erased? 5)Would my antivirus software still work (NOD32) on Linux and would I need it? I would greatly appreciate any feedback over this matter. =)
Linux-Curious I've been thinking about switching to Linux for awhile, but not a hundred percent sure if I should...Help!