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Should I install Linux and why ?

Hello y'all.

I'm sure you've been asked this a thousand times, but I cant see a thread that in obvious, so …

Should I install Linux and why ?

I have two laptops, one of which I only used for a contract that I no longer have, therefore I use this one all the time. Should I install Linux on the other, or use it as a backup for this ?

I'm torn between the options, but I can't see exactly what I'd use Linux for.

You guys seem to be the experts, so I thought I'd ask.

Many thanks … N2.

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Re: Linux

Most people who use Linux use it for the daily things they do on a PC, like mailing, Internet, word processing, listening music, viewing movies and so on.

It's free to try without installing it, and if you make an image backup of your hard disk with Windows, you even can go back to that if you install a Linux distro.

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OK, I did find a thread of similar ...

… but it's more technical than I need and talks about NAS, printer drivers, etc - none of which I need.

So if I do install Linux, which is the easiest distribution - Ubuntu, Mint ?

And where do I get the distro from - just any old search will suffice, or somewhere specific, to avoid crud sites offering stuff for free ?

Many thanks … N2

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Re: Linux

Common choices for Windows users are Ubuntu, Mint and Zorin. Run them without install to see which you like most.

Their sites:

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Use it on a thumbdrive first.

Mostly, you can use Linux (preferrably Mint with Cinnamon Desktop Environment) for things like browsing online shopping sites, forums, viewing movies, listening music and for office productivity.
You can choose to run it from a thumbdrive, if you want to. Once you get a hang of it, you'll want to use it for your daily needs.
The most important thing about it is that, it will not be affected by any malware. So, no need of an anti-virus subscription.

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