Originally Posted by Ray Perry
I published an ebook using Corel Draw, Adobe *.pdf, Winzip, LockLizard and the internet. I would like to start using Ubuntu for my project
. The existing publication can be used with Windows, Mac and hopefully Linux. I can not start using Ubuntu until I have an internet connection.
My internet connection is run by a file folder called c:\bigpond (92mb). It would be helpful if these Windows based programs could be imported into Ubuntu.
while setting up an internet connection may look like a big trouble to you, it will be quite easy. If all the guides on the net look too complicated for you and you don't want to spend the time learning
to understand them, just ask someone more experienced to do it for you for a beer
or two - you should meet such a person sooner or later.
The real problem you will face is that the tools you use for your work are not very Linux friendly. To elaborate a little bit:
CorelDraw doesn't have a Linux version and as you can see at WineHQ - CorelDRAW
it doesn't run very well in Wine (an emulator to run native Windows apps in Linux), especially the recent versions. There are alternatives that could help you - I, for example, use Inkscape
and am much happier than I was a long time ago while using Corel, but it doesn't mean you will feel the same. BTW, both have Windows versions so you can try them without having to install Linux at all.
PDF creation and Zip not a big deal technically, but you will have to get used to the new tools.
LockLizard - no Linux version, no info whether it runs under Wine. Well, DRM is not very popular in the community. You will have to help yourself here. And don't expect any questions according this matter to be welcome anywhere on the net...
Said the above, I would very strongly suggest you start with the dualboot config, which will allow you to run Windows and stay productive and learn how to use Linux and the new tools at the same time. Make the switch when you KNOW it will bring something to you, not at the time you've read somewhere that it's cool, because then it will not be
And Linux IS cool - much cooler than Windows have ever been