As a learning experience, I want to jump from Windows 7 to Linux full time on my laptop. This isn't because of some antiWindows redactedor because its free or anything like that. I just want to learn the ins and outs of Linux like I pretty much know on Windows.
First off, compatibility. I do need that all my hardware on my laptop be compatible. From shortcut keys to wifi. This is not a brand new laptop so there shouldn't be any problems. Its a Dell Vostro 1510.
Next, software. Basically on this laptop software I use in and out: uTorrent, Teamviewer, WMP, mIRC, Skype, vSphere Client, Microsoft Office......That's pretty much it IMO. Also Facebook and YouTube (Flash) are a must. I will run all this software in WINE. I don't want (most) of the Linux ports.
Next, virtualization. Due to some things (like Office) cannot be ran in Linux, I use a VM. VMWare with its unity feature pretty much gives me what I want.
Next, streaming. I need to be able to stream media from a WS2012R2 to this Linux installation. Special setup?
Anything that is blowing over me, please mention.