Below are the links to general information about migrating out of Windows. I am deeply involved in migrating a large, complex Windows 7 Desktop system into OpenSuse 15. The two links below will get you started, but here is a summary of what I am doing. The material presented is presently without any pictures or graphics and the interface is "very plain" as it makes for fast loading and there is no java script to worry about. If you are new to Linux read this. A review of Linux distributions 2018
Printers have been a major issue. You have three choices, check your
printers for Linux compatibility, buy Linux compatible printers, or
run your non-compatible Linux printers in a Windows Virtual Box. Check
printer compatibility: search the manufacturers website for a Linux
driver(use a search engine: "brother printers Linux", etc). Canon
appears to have a good selection of Linux drivers and other manufacturers
are bound to follow suit. HP
Out of date compatibility info: Printing and Printer Compatibility. More compatibility info
Mozilla True Type Fonts
OpenSuse vs Ubuntu Another Article
Hardware: two separate physical machines. Using one keyboard(KVM switch HDE) and two separate mice. The KVM switch is only changing the keyboard, not the video or mice.
Windows: Asus P8P67 Deluxe Motherboard with I7-2600K processor. 16 GB memory. Multiple(5) disk drives (12TB).
Linux: GigaByte GA-78LMT-USB3.1 Motherboard with AMD processor FX4300, 16 GB memory. 1 TB SSD disk drive and 256MB SSD.
I will post notes here about the issues that I am researching concerning the details of the migration, mostly ones that are not covered in what is online. OpenSuse installs without much difficulty and the apps that come with it generally can be used by anyone familiar with Windows. My wife's machine is using OpenSuse 15. OpenSuse 15 creates an environment that is very Windows like.
Security(keys, passwords), drag/drop, file sharing, virtual machine setups, backup, Linux applications: specific issues(differences)
Windows EquivalentsProgrammer's Notes
Technical: Version Control, Etc.
I can provide technical assistance for a fee if you need more than what I post. Email is the best way to reach me: captmikemaurice @ gmail.com
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