We have a client that wants our GUI to be on Linux.
Right now it is on windows and we use either Excel or Access with VBA code to handle all the communication with our equipment (FTDI serial at 1MBaud).
I have never used Linux and I don't know where to start.
I have a laptop with windows 10 that I don't use and I would like to convert it over to Linux. I have no idea how to do that.
I'm confused about the different "versions" of Linux. Like what is the difference between "Mint" "Ubuntu" "Red Hat" etc ? Aren't they all Linux ? Will a program (.EXE or whatever it is in Linux) run on all of them ? Or do you have compile for each version ?
Any advise about how to get started would be helpful. This will be in an engineering setting if that makes any difference. Specifically product testing with lots of data to be stored.