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Linux vs windows? Whats the difference?Windows 10 concerning

I'm building a new computer and I'm not sure which operating system to use. I wanted to use Linux because of the ridiculous windows 10 privacy policy, which basically watches your every click of the mouse but I don't exactly know what Linux is and how it works.
Can anyone give a brief explanation of what Linux is?

Also can anyone explain the ridiculous privacy policy's put in place by windows. Is there a way to turn them of?

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I'm with Ed Bott on this one.
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Paranoid?
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best you try linux

best you try linux instead of trying to find out the differences. There really is not much other than a different way of doing things and different software.

you dont have to install linux to try it. You can create a bootable disk or usb drive and run it from it without installing.

also if you are a gamer, stick with windows.

finally I would suggest linux mint kde, it is the most windows like and the most user friendly.

http://www.linuxmint.com/release.php?id=25

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Linux vs windows? Whats the difference?Windows 10 concerning

Linux is an open-source operating system and is becoming popular day by day. Following are the basic features of Linux OS -
1. Live CD/USB: Almost all Linux distributions have Live CD/USB feature by which user can run/try the OS even without installing it on the system.
2. Graphical user interface (X Window System): People think that Linux is a command line OS, somewhere its true also but not necessarily, Linux have packages which can be installed to make the whole OS graphics based as Windows.
3. Support’s most national or customized keyboards: Linux is used worldwide and hence available in multiple languages, and supports most of their custom national keyboards.
4. Application Support: Linux has its own software repository from where users can download and install thousands of applications just by issuing a command in Linux Terminal or Shell. Linux can also run Windows applications if needed.

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Why I quit using Windoze.

I've experimented with different Linux distributions since the early nineties. I kept going back to Windoze. I'd even order my copy of the new Windows long before it came out.

Windows XP cured me. Windows XP changed all that, letting them onto MY computer anytime they wanted. Sure, they SAY it's only to check the install, but how do I know that? My first computer with XP came installed with the "Home" version. Since I already owned a store-bought copy of a higher version, I installed it onto that new computer. Then, I tried to install the original that came with the computer onto an older computer. I was told that it wouldn't install because the computer wasn't the same make and model. Consequently, I lost the money I'd spent for that "Home" version.

When I tried Linux again, I forget the distribution, I found it WAS roughly the equivalent of Windows XP. It was FREE, both in cost and in malware. Even program updates were FREE. I was free to put it on any number of computers..It was faster than XP. There was a short learning curve and the word processer wasn't as good as the one with XP. But, then, MS Word did cost extra, so I didn't mind having a slightly inferior one for FREE.

Being a novel writer, I sometimes went back to Windows on another computer when finishing a novel or long story. That was the only downside I noticed. Also, I'm not a gamer, so I didn't notice that aspect.

I was on a dual boot and noticed, quite a while later, that I was never using Windows on that computer, except for an occasional update. So, when needing more space for data, I simply deleted that system.

Right now, I have four computer at home with Windows on only one ... hardly ever using it.

Hvysmker

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for a word processor
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A good option

Linux is a good option.
Ubuntu 14.04 seems a great windows 3.1
having the same windows xp feature.
Easy and perfect.....

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