Please excuse any mistakes, I couldn't find a Reply link. So here goes. As I stated W8 is a glaring POS. It is so f**ked up I don't want it to infect my computer more. As I have learned W7 is on its way out. I do have the original W7 Ultimate CDs, I had considered reinstalling it, but thought it would just be an excersize in futility. Although you may be correct in advising a Dual Boot. I have several external drives including a 3TB MyBook. I actually did like W7 but I got caught up in the hype for W8. I did realize that Linux is a completely different OS, but I had heard that there were either Linux versions that would do a fair job of running Windows software and there was software that would emulate Windows somewhat. I would hate to waste all the software I have. What is your opinion of Red Hat? Thank you so very much arochester, I appreciate your advise and knowledge.
arochester said:1) Don't throw away Windows! Investigate downgrading to Windows 7. You can try Linux without touching your hard drive by:
1. Live CDs / DVDs
2. Live USB with persistence
3. Puppy Linux
4. WUBI (on its way out...)
5. Side by Side Installation (known as Dual Booting)
7. Putting on an external Hard Drive
(There are hundreds of LiveCDs to try. Look at http://livecdlist.com/operating-system/linux )
2) There is an old adage: Linux is not Windows and Windows is not Linux. MANY of your Windows programs will probably not run (well) under Linux. It is a completely different OS.
Some Windows programs will run under Linux using the app called Wine. But not all.
Linux has it's own apps. Some are familiar like Firefox or Google Chrome. but others are different.
So, if you keep some vestige of Windows you can use that.
3) In Ubuntu 11.04 just means it was released in 20011 April (Fourth Month). They usually release in April (04)and October (10). Linux Mint is possibly easier than Ubuntu. It is based on Ubuntu but has the extras already added. Zorin Linux is a good choice for Windows transitioners. (Some people don't like the way Ubuntu is going with its own interface)
As I say - do not throw away Windows!