Mac user wanting to learn more about Linux & maybe switch
Hi, Linux people. I've been a UK-based Mac user for 10 or so years, and always been aware of Linux but never felt confident enough to get into it. I'm now thinking about giving it a go.
Today I was looking for a way to play my video files on a TV, and recently I've been thinking about getting a cheap laptop for word processing. A Linux netbook
caught my eye - though the shop staff hadn't got a clue, so I thought I'd take my questions to a Linux community instead. Sorry if some of these are really basic, but like I say I'm totally new to Linux.
Firstly, is the above machine a decent buy?
Secondly, there is an alternative model available
. My somewhat basic knowledge of computer hardware leads me to presume that the lower capacity solid state HD will use less power, and be less likely to develop faults caused by vibration (as I cycle anything up to 20 miles a day, this is something I have concerns about)?
Thirdly, my video files are of all types - mp4, mov, wmv, avi, and those odd ones you get from various youtube video ripping applications. How easy will it be for a Linux newbie to get these files to play on this sort of machine (if the included software can't do it, that it) - and can I get an AV or SCART output so that I can use the machine to view them on my pre-HD TV?
Fourthly, suppose I was to put my compatible video files on an external HD, would things all run smoothly if I was to use this machine to play them on my TV? (This would make it a lot easier for me to use it as a mobile office, and a home cinema system.) By extension, is there anything I should know about formatting storage devices to work with both this and OSX?
Fifthly, am I going to see any compatibility problems when writing documents in openoffice then sending them over to iWork 06 or Office 2008?
Sixthly: anything I should know regarding viruses?
Finally, if word processing, video playback on a TV, and wireless web browsing/messaging are my main purposes for a laptop and I want to spend as little money as possible, is there an even more economic option?