Should I make the switch from Windoze to Linux?(6 posts)
Give it a go. It's best not to install Linux on a machine totally replacing Windows unless you can either revert back to it at a later date if things don't work out, or run it as a dual boot so you can try it alongside Windows.
I've tried Linux in the past, and am currently moving to a Mac, but I still come back to Windows for certain things that just cannot be done on other systems.
try Ubuntu. Download the .iso file from here: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop
burn it to a disc.
Boot from the disc, and it will give you the option, "Try Ubuntu," which lets you mess around with the O.S. without changing your current system at all.
If you like it, you can install a dual boot configuration, keeping Windows just in case... https://help.ubuntu.com/10.04/switching/C/dualboot.html
Ubuntu with the Unity UI is not very nice. Use Mint Mate, that is a really nice system. In my tutorials you find everything you need to set it up in VMware Player and the setup of the VMware tools as well as the total Mint setup (9 videos and a write up). See here: https://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/linux-mint-mate-nadia-tutorials?replies=1
As an example look at this short little video I made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDELoSeVHRA
I'm a solid Ubuntu fan, used it for many years and I don't think you'd be disappointed. It's the largest distro by far and has the best support. WHS comment above about unity is good one. Ubuntu has gone to more of a mac display manager, but not as good, yet. Probably takes some getting used to. Personally, I dislike it and always convert back to the gnome interface when I download a new update.
PHRNK's advice on the "Live" CD and dual boot are good. You can also run linux inside a VM (I use virtualbox) as a guest within a WIndows host. Or, as I do, run linux as the mail OS and run windows as a VM guest. There are things that windows offers that keep me coming back to it "occasionally", mostly to run excel or a few specialty programs that are not available in linux.
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