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Have always been a Windows user. Want to try Linux. Where to start?

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User Info: GalaxyNexus

3 years ago#1
I want to try Linux to see what the fuss is all about. What are the pros and cons to it? Is it faster? More beautiful? Which program do I use?

User Info: Orestes417

3 years ago#2
Put up a big board with distro names and throw a dart at it, then go to that distro's forums and start reading.
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User Info: Blarghinston

3 years ago#3
Ubuntu. It's not really faster, no. There are very, very few viruses. Don't expect to be playing many games on it, and if you do, expect to install and configure WINE.

All in all, it's fun to try out, but it doesn't have an extreme amount of use for an average person.

User Info: GTRagnarok

3 years ago#4
Prepare to Google everything you want to do.
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User Info: Chetyre

3 years ago#5
It can be more beautiful, it is certainly faster. Basically, it is more stable and customizable. You don't really need to ever reset a linux machine except when updating your kernel.

Best way to test it would be on a virtual machine. I recommend virtualbox.
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User Info: Blarghinston

3 years ago#6
I wouldn't call Linux faster. It all depends on how you upkeep your computer.

User Info: GalaxyNexus

3 years ago#7
OK well sounds like too much effort for me. I guess I'll just stick with Windows.

User Info: Blarghinston

3 years ago#8
Nah, don't give up trying. Ubuntu is really the easiest thing. It's catered to transition someone from Windows into Linux.

There just will be a ton of people who say Linux is the holy grail of computing, and that's just not true. All three platforms have their merits. I try to stay open minded.

User Info: FL81

3 years ago#9
Been using Linux (specifically Xubuntu) for a little over a year now, and it is a lot faster than Windows. As for more “beautiful”, that all depends on how you configure everything. It takes a bit of messing around to figure everything out, but it isn't really any more difficult to use than Windows.

Of course, if you're a gamer, then Linux probably isn't for you. There is Steam support, but the number of supported games is disappointingly low, although this is expected to get better if/when SteamOS starts getting momentum. As for anything else that runs on Windows, there's probably an open source alternative on Linux that runs just as well.

User Info: SmoboHash

3 years ago#10
Nothing you try to do on linux will work the first time. You'll constantly be googling how to fix errors or how to do basic things. Eventually you'll realize that whatever possible benefits there are are not worth the effort it takes and go back to Windows.
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