Help me out here. I was a unix programmer for a number of years, but am
now a school teacher. I use my PC extensively in my work.
I keep planning to change my PC from Win98 to Linux. I have a Redhat 5
Cd all ready to go.
Here's what's putting me off :-
- I have to say MS word is one of the most versatile and useful packages
I've used. Ideal for producing artwork; documents; reports; posters;
essays; letters. How can I replace this ? Also, I am often given
documents in Word 97 format to work on and pass on to colleagues in the
- What about hardware that requires special drivers ? I have a minolta
colour pagepro printer; a camera and capture card; an HP cd-writer. I
guess I would no longer be able to use any of these, or use them fully ?
- My wife has a windows PC, and would want to stick to windows.
Currently she accesses the web via my PC through wingate. Is there any
way I could set up a similar system under linux with my PC as a server ?
- I use a package called 'Bibleworks' for teaching. It's a windows 95
software package. Might this run under a sort of windows-emulation
facility ? Is there such a facility, and how good is it ?
- Finally; what would I *really* gain, other than the pleasure of a
command-line. I can run most unix commands in a dos window on my PC; I
have a set of unix commands online and bash. Will I just end up finding
that all the good software/hardware is limited to MS Windows, and change
back again, having incurred much wasted time and hassle ?
Many thanks in advance for any advice people have.