I would like to know some of the issues associated with using Linux on a PC. I'm not a programmer, and I have no experience with the Linux OS. I've only ever used Windows, but after doing some reading on Linux and other open source programs, I'm thinking about tinkering around with it on a spare machine. I have a Compaq laptop that needs a new hard drive and I'm thinking this would be the perfect opportunity to try Linux.
I would be using this computer for some office/internet applications but eventually I'd like to use it primarily for audio applications (digital audio recording and broadcast quality music production). These are the questions I'd like to get some guidence on before I start with Linux.
- Is it difficult to get started with Linux?
- Is there any additional hardware associated with running Linux that is not found on an ordinary PC originally shipped with Windows?
- Do I need to install Windows on the new hard drive before I install Linux?
- What kinds of problems can I anticipate while using Linux?
Many thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to impart some wisdom and guidance here. If there are important questions that I forgot to ask, feel free to share.
PS-the Compaq PC has the following specs:
Intel Celeron 2.0 Ghz
PC 2100 266 MHz DDR SDRAM
256 MB RAM (upgradable to 1 GB)
DVD/CD-RW combo drive
2 USB 1.1 compliant ports
Standard everything else (printer/monitor ports, soundcard etc.)