Over time I have always heard nothing but bad bad bad about windows and nothing but good good good about linux and mac. I know that this isn't by chance. They must really be better. So I researched them and now I'm thinking of converting to Fedora 8 Gnome. It's almost a gig in file size, and I'm on dial-up, so I haven't gotten around to downloading it yet. I'm sorry if these questions seem stupid, but I know absolutely nothing about linux. I have never actually ran a non-windows computer before, and I have spent a great deal of my life on them now. Due to this I know so much about windows, and yet I don't even know one iota about mac or linux.
Only after research did I learn how linux was open-source and a simpler OS than windows and mac. This concept got me hooked on getting linux.
As a freshie to linux would I be able to learn about it's internals and systems quicker than normal because of my experience with windows?
Is linux really what I want? From your experiences, what sort of flexibility does linux have?
Seeing how linux is capable of running on the same hard drive and FS as windows, does this mean I can run my windows programs and code on linux? I ask because I have so sickening much code that was designed to run on windows. And I would hate to practically start over in my development of programs. And speaking of development, is it easier and/or smoother on linux than windows?
Opinions and suggestions are appreciated.