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It's tough given that there are so many variations on Linux available, choosing the best one for me is clearly going to take time./quote]Hi! And welcome to the forums!Try to see this as a positive. Linux is 'yours' in a way that Windows can never be. You never 'own' Windows, only 'rent' it (pay for a licence to use it) and you have to renew that licence every time a new version comes out. Plus, you have to accept that whatever the MS developers decide you will have, you will have! No choice. With Linux you are free to do with it what you will and tailor it to your own, particular, requirements. This is the reason why there 'seem' to be so many Linux distributions - someone will take a distro as a starting point, add to it, tweak it, strip out stuff they don't need then 'put it out there' for others to use. You can install it on any (usually most) machines that will take it and pass it on to whoever you want without fear of prosecution! In reality, most Linux users become developers of a sort without even realising they are doing it, merely by adding a different version of, say, a photo manipulating package or even changing their browser. Linux isn't one thing, it's many, because it is constantly evolving, refining and moving forwards. It is a fast, secure and dynamic system with built-in security that Windows can only dream of. Glitches (there will be some!) can be overcome swiftly by posting a request for help and following the instructions given - usually a simple matter of copy/pasting into a command line window. As a starting point, go for a mainstream distro as per Mark's recommendation. Try it out first on a USB stick, or via dual-booting, or on a redundant machine, if you have one. Once you get the hang of it - it won't take long - then you too will see it for the remarkable system that it is!RichBTW - I'm no expert on Linux nor have any connection to any system or development! I'm just a 'bog-standard' computer user that switched from Windows about 5 years ago and have never regretted it.
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