Hi to everybody
Yes two years or more have passed since my first and only post - http://linuxforums.org.uk/index.php?topic=11550.0
Due to personal problems I have been unable to progress further. Many thanks for the responses and help that I did receive.
I have spent the last month playing catch-up to the various inquiries I had with other forums.
It would appear that all Flight Simulators will not run on Linux - not just Microsoft's.
With a new computer the MB and PSU will be different, so I will have problems with the MS EULA. It is considered that I will not be given a Validation/Activation code. I have OEM discs. Retail version would not be a problem. In addition XP is no longer a supported system and MS customer support will know that when I quote the License Certificate number .
This means that if I want to continue to play flight simulators then I only have one choice and that is to put up with MS - WIN7 whilst still available and now that the free update line has passed.
So its Hobson's choice as far as I can see - 'you can only have the horse nearest the door'. Take it or leave it.
I can of course still add Linux later for my main usage.