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    I am pleased to see that you mentioned the Linux Ubuntu OS as an option. I have several laptops and desktops in my home and on all of them, Linux Ubuntu or Linux Mint is an option and that is about all we use. The only time we ever use Windows is when we have to perform updates on our Garmin GPS devices for which we are unable to do through Linux. When installing Linux, you don't have to do away with your Windows OS because most Linux varieties come with the GRUB bootloader which allows you to have multiple operating systems and you can choose which to boot into at startup. Another awesome use of the Ubuntu OS is if you perhaps have a corrupted hard drive and you have data (i.e. pictures, documents, videos...) that you are unable to recover, you can burn the Linux image to a DVD and...see more »I am pleased to see that you mentioned the Linux Ubuntu OS as an option. I have several laptops and desktops in my home and on all of them, Linux Ubuntu or Linux Mint is an option and that is about all we use. The only time we ever use Windows is when we have to perform updates on our Garmin GPS devices for which we are unable to do through Linux. When installing Linux, you don't have to do away with your Windows OS because most Linux varieties come with the GRUB bootloader which allows you to have multiple operating systems and you can choose which to boot into at startup. Another awesome use of the Ubuntu OS is if you perhaps have a corrupted hard drive and you have data (i.e. pictures, documents, videos...) that you are unable to recover, you can burn the Linux image to a DVD and boot from it which gives you full functionality and access to your computer (including network/internet) thus allowing you to salvage your data by copying it to an external hard drive or USB stick. If you start using Linux you will find that it is just as comprehensive as Windows or Mac (you can even run it on a Mac too), is more efficient, has a smaller footprint, is more versatile, is infinitely more secure, and the list goes on. If you want to get a feel of Ubuntu, by booting from the DVD (on a corrupted computer or a normally functioning one) you will have full functionality and it will not make any changes to your computer drive at all unless you tell it to. Computing should be free once you buy your machine, and Linux is the way to make it so. Ubuntu comes out with its new version every six months (April & October) and is totally free. It has a software center which is very much like the app store on iOS and Android and although there is some software that you must purchase, most of it is free.

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