Not sure if this is the right thread for this, so Modes fell free to move it into appropriate place as needed.
I am not looking so much for technical help in here as this is a to general post for that. what I need is pointers to needed apps and tools, websites for me to accomplish my goal.
here is some background of what is going on:
I have been playing with OpenSuse 13.1 for the last 8+ month.
I have setup a file/VM server for my home LAN based on OpenSuse 13.1 LXDE.
I have installed OS 13.1 on my laptop (this is still in progress as have run into some incompatibility issues with my WiFi and video card)
but my main desktop running windows 7 have been on the fritz for several month or so, and my recovery disk does not work.
I have been toying with the idea of moving to Linux for some time but could not justify it as any distros I tried was not up to snuff.
now I want to try again.
the requirements are:
First and foremost look and feel as much as win7 as possible. if you know any place I can get some wallpaper/desktop theam please point me to it.
any changes I need to do for it to work similar as win7 please sugest.
reason being I share this PC with Wife/in-laws
they are windows only so want to make it as easy for them as possible.
main use of this by all parties involved is Internet/E-Mail/Skype
Wife needs MS Office support (which I believe can be met with LibreOffice)
my needs are a bit more extensive as I also need some DVD/CD ripping soft, .Net dev and Network tools.
any pointers, suggestions are welcome.