How to replace Windows with Linux?

Long story short, for web browsing you can use your favorite browser on it, what ever it is. Well, that’s a start, for video playing is there VLC. Office support is done by LibreOffice, it makes M$ compatible documents. Graphics editor is there called Gimp and 3D modelling app Blender. Games, yes there are some, but better yet get a console like a PlayStation.

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  1. I am old.
    I’ve been using Windows since version 3 and I used DOS before that.
    I quit after version 7.

    There are two main reason to NOT use Windows and they aren’t the usual stuff about “stability” or “virus”, Windows is quite stable and viruses aren’t a problem when you know what you are doing. Lets say both issues are related to the fact the in Windows usually whoever the “user” is, she or he has got the permissions of “administrator” and this, plus the fact that software comes in Windows from any untrusted source, makes it very easy to change Windows while “just using” in some way you may regret later and often proves impossible to correct.

    The two reasons to NOT use Windows are: 1. Microsoft enforces ANYTHING about Windows on you. At best you can disable some feature of the O.S., which is mostly pointless. 2. making any change in Windows is scary because you never know what the consequences may be.

    Those two reasons lead to these other two reasons: it is very very slow and painful to install and configure a Windows system from scratch, you need all the drivers from manufacturers, you need all the application setups, you need to to apply service packs and updates and so on. In the same time, you must avoid making changes on Windows as much as possible because ANY change post-installation (adding some new software, changing some configuration, updating, etc) can damage the system at any given point and then force you to a new painful installation and configuration.

    Coming to Linux Distributions, they solve both the said main issues. With one single pass you install the whole O.S. with needed drivers and such, plus almost any common application you may need, the system gets even updated during the installation if you want to. ANY software, from the kernel to the little utility, comes from the same “trusted” repository and there is ONE packaging tool that handles adding and removing stuff. In the same time, there isn’t anything like one single “Linux”, there are countless “distributions” that actually are just a curated selection of stuff that you can put together yourself or you can change at any given point. For example, there are 7 or 8 different official versions of “Ubuntu”. This means you aren’t forced to live with ANY feature you don’t want or need.

    These days, using any popular Linux distribution is actually EASIER and way less painful than using Windows.

    People use Windows because they find it pre-installed and because it is a sort of “habit” they don’t see the need to question. Of course there is the problem with consumer hardware that doesn’t work properly on Linux due to missing or wrong drivers and the other problem of some application that doesn’t have a proper alternative for Linux. In my experience those are relatively uncommon corner cases and then, even with Windows, moving from a version to another often means the need to buy newer hardware, while Linux is much more backwards compatible.

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