reply to post by MoosKept240
Good to hear you're satisfied with the results!
I'm a former corporate Infotech Consultant, working the industry over 15 years. I've set up and managed nationwide, and metropolitan WANs with
Cisco routers, managed information security for clients, fought with aging tangled spaghetti mess server/comms closets, argued endlessly with telcos,
and battled with windows machines server side, and desktop system side in a business/corporate environment since Win98.
I'm kinda glad I don't do that any more, but, whatever the case, the experience is there if you've got any questions.
If you're ever feeling an urge to experiment, you might want to download and burn a copy of Ubuntu Linux to CD.
It can be run directly from CD without worry of making changes to your system, and give you a feel for what the Linux OS is all about.
You might like the improvement of performance, plus the peace of mind that you really don't need antivirus software with Linux. Further, if you
decided to go full commit, there's tons of open source free software out for Linux that for Windows systems often costs a pretty penny.
Gimp, and alternative to Adobe Photoshop is one of these. It's got about the same horsepower in features as PS, and it's free! There are
distributions available for Windows systems too.
Star Office give you everything you need in an office package like Microsoft Office. Star Office like Gimp, and most other Linux programs is also
Linux, however, is much different than MS Windows. It takes some learning, and it's not for everyone. On the surface, you might like it.
It's not for everyone.
There's also different flavors of Linux out there; Fedora, Suse, Debian, Ubuntu, Mint and others.
If you're interested, google up 'Linux Distros', and you can search hits for the differences.
It's just a suggestion. Your system will run faster, and you won't ever have to worry about viruses.
I personally, actually like and prefer Windows, so, I'm not trying to sell you drinking the Linux Koolaide because I'm one of those crazy Linux nut
Windows fed me my entire IT career because it breaks. I thus know Windows systems, and am comfortable with the occasional argument where I need to
convince my computer that I will not tolerate insubordination from a machine.
Windows is also more popular, so, there's more games, and software choices everywhere as well as many good support forums.
Linux has good support forums too, but, the plethora of choices in software you get with Windows isn't there, unless you do something like run a
Windows shell off of your Linux box so that you can indeed play Skyrim. or whatever latest eyegasm game is out.
anyway, yeah, Chirp up, and if I don't know the answer right off, I can point you in the right direction. If you decide to experiment with Linux, I
won't be able to help you much beyond the suggestions I've already offered, but, there's plenty Linux forums out there you can send out the old F1
(pressing F1 brings up the Help window) F1 = Help! nerdjoke. eh.