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I've been using Linux since...

...the late 1990s but I dual-boot with Windows because most of my friends and family have fallen for the FUD created by Microsoft and companies dependent on Microsoft so I need Windows for certain tasks. That list has gotten very small over the last couple years.

I've used a lot of Linux distros (there are hundreds) but because Red Hat was the simplest in the late 90s, that's what I went with. When Red Hat stopped making a desktop version of their Linux OS, I went with the community version called Fedora Core. Then Red Hat took over that project and under their sponsorship it has become, in my opinion, the most innovative distro in existence. It's basically a testbed for all the latest versions of open-source software, which is fun for the initiated, but can sometimes be buggy for awhile and if you don't understand what you're doing you can lose your system. So, even though I think Fedora is the best distro, I'd recommend Ubuntu Linux for newbies.

Trust me, folks...there's nothing to be afraid of. Firefox and Chrome are both available and LibreOffice will read all of your MS Office files. Plus, there's an application that has a list of thousands of other open-source applications to add simply by selecting them and clicking a button. No going to Websites or hunting for stuff on Google if you don't want, it's all right there on your desktop. Start the app, search by keyword, select, click a button ... done.

Also, in order to dual-boot (run Windows and Linux on the same machine), use Windows' "Shrink" feature to create, say, a 20GB partition on your HDD, download Ubuntu, burn it to a CD/DVD, put it in your drive, reboot and install. Ubuntu (and pretty much all other Linux distros) will detect Windows and install a bootloader, which will add a menu to let you choose between Linux and Windows at startup. You can leave all your songs, photos and documents on Windows, because Linux can see across partitions and safely access all your Windows files. Want to listen to a song stored on Windows? Start the music player on Linux and point it at your music folder on Windows. That simple.

Enjoy

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