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    Has anyone actually switched to Linux OS?

    Ive got an old laptop im thinking of trying it out on. But is it worth it?

    Any tips?
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    Ive got an old laptop im thinking of trying it out on. But is it worth it?

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    I've run Slackware, redhat, Ubuntu over the years, with Ubuntu being most recent. **** is super easy to use, but very limited for normal person support. Unless you need it for a reason, just do it on a spare computer to use/learn. Also the raspberry pi OS is linux, bought one of those but novelty wore off quick.

    Super stable though, great for media server. Honestly I dont think i've ever had one of my linux boxes crash.
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    Worth it? In a geeky way. You have more control of your system, but things are also more complicated. Laptops sometimes can be more difficult than desktops due to their more rare hardware. Depends on the exact setup tho. If you have any inkling of wanting to go back to windows, I'd just pull the hard drive, buy a new one, and install linux on that one so that if something goes wrong or you don't like it, you can just pop back in the old drive. But if you don't like it, I'd first try at least a couple of distributions, there's quite a difference in UI between them.
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    Try Linux Mint.

    As for being worth it, not really if you're just doing the basics Windows is fine but if you don't want Bill and his mates spying on you then it is I guess.
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    I've used Windows and Linux pretty evenly over the last 10+ years. I tend to alternate between the two every year or so.

    Some things are actually easier on Linux. Being able to update your operating system and ALL of your applications in just one command is pretty slick, and software repos in general offer a very easy and safe way to install apps. There's a good Linux alternative for ALMOST any Windows app that you need.

    Honestly I prefer Linux to Windows in general.
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    Used it for a short stint years ago. It’s decent, simple to use and has good security - but lacks the customization capabilities of Windows and Mac OS
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    Theres enough step by step guides online that you can figure out how to do everything pretty easy, seems alot easier these days to use than 20 years ago. I only use it on a raspberry pi to run pi hole but found how to set everything up including a VNC server for remote control in like a few minutes.

    Only thing I really need windows for is games but otherwise I could use it for an every day machine as long as it has the browser plug ins I use.

    I dont see any reason to use it over windows for now but if microsoft gets worse then maybe I would switch. I dont even bother with hacked MS office versions anymore because I use it so infrequently that Libre Office works just as well, does the same chit and I dont have to worry about the cracks expiring, it giving me stupid notices and chit. Now days MS thinks you should pay them a yearly fee for their cloud MS Office bullchit. lmao. If they try the same yearly fees for windows or start putting ads everywhere then I could see moving over to linux.
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    Yes, I only use Linux

    It takes some time to learn how you want to configure your system, but it's much better than Windows or Mac once you know what you're doing

    The good thing is that you have the freedom to control every aspect of your OS, and can customize it exactly how you want


    Endeavour OS is currently my preferred distro. It's basically Arch without the tedious command line install process
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