I'm coming over... yay

Hi all,

Well, as my name suggests i am MS Certified and understand a PC, However i’m technically a Virgin when it comes to Linux.
We’ve flitered a few times and maybe fondeled each other here and there in the server room (Redhat servers at work) but have not had any real interaction on a personal level.

I am however from the Novell camp in terms of favourite email client being Groupwise and the fact that to this day i still despise AD in comparison to ConsoleOne (iManager etc)

I love Novells implamentation of there admin tools and am now looking to bring my home PC, media center and laptop over to the camp.

I have a few questions (sorry for my first post being questions, but this is a HUGE jump to make for me a windows sys admin, and am hoping the community may help me with this move prior to me making the jump and forgetting my parachute.

so here we go:

1: My main Pc has a PCI-E ATI4870 GFX Card on a Gigabyte 780G Chipset 3200 IGP Motherboard. Setup includes a Triple monitor spanned setup over 2x 24" 1920x1200 monitors and a 37" 1366x768 LCD TV in the middle.
Can and will Opensuse allow me to utilise my multi-monitor setup or will i lose this functionality.

2: My Audio card is an ASUS Xonar D2X PCI-E which is rather new and is sublime in terms of audio. Will opensuse support this by default as ASUS have no linux driver support on there site.

3: I own many beta and licenced versions of Windows (being a MCP and MSDN subscriber) and wonder how difficult by default it is to install windows in a linux environment (what emulation software is included by default, how easy is it to use, does it use VHD’s or does it require the partitioning of a phsical drive etc any of you who use this any help or general advice is really welcome)

4: Once i install Windows in a virtual environement using a VHD (ideally) can (like virtual windows on windows) i point the Virtual OS to a local USB plugged into my host pc.
Usually i run apps or save reports from “whocrashed” etc in my windows VM to my local USB plugged into my host machine, Very handy.

5: As we have a media centre pc is there any media centre software included. Can i play MKV files, can i send a spdif out using my ASUS D2X card. Can i play XVID, MP3, x264 and other HD content by default.

6: Does anyone have any very valuable advice from when moving over to opensuse from windows. Things you learnt the hardway? I dont want to learn the hard way as i will probably go back to the easy way… ie Windows… and i really would like to move over to linux but with as much help, support and advice as i can to ensure the transistion is enjoyable… i dont want to make the experience a bad one if it can at all be helped.

Thanks in advance for helping, and i really hope to be over and using opensuse very soon.


P.s its 7am rushing around, did not proof read or spell check my typing and burnt my mouth on my coffee <sorry>

for the first and second questions, check out SUSE’s hardware compatibility list Hardware - openSUSE Usually, the newer your kernel is, the more chance it’ll include a driver for a specific device

3-4. Virtualization on Linux is very good and mature, I recommend you try out VMWare and VirtualBox (the latter my favorite). For the USB thingy, I think this is possible

5; you can play virtually all audio/video files on Linux, with the help of MPlayer/ffmpeg’s libavcodec and libavformat, which is also found in VLC, Xine, and other video players. For audio, we have Amarok, Banshee, Rhythmbox, Audacious, etc

6; Advice: Linux does things differently so don’t expect the first time everything to go smoothly, though this is very much possible. If you got a problem and get frustrated, calm down, breathe and ask for help. Don’t just spew crap like “This sucks, I can’t fix it, I’m going back to Windows”

sound advice from microchip8, also, have a read of this from oldcpu NEWBIES - Suse-11.1 Pre-installation – PLEASE READ - openSUSE Forums