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Should I go from Windows 7 to Windows 8 or Linux

Being a Newbie to the computer world and sticking to windows 7. The question is should I drop windows 7 and go to windows 8 or should I just move to a new Operating system like Linux.
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    Windows 8 is more counter-intuitive for me, but I am attuned to Win XP and Win 7 (basically every Win before 8). If you are new to OSes in general, it might be easier for you to grow under Win 8.
    Linux - not for newbies. Even if you use an easy interface, like the one available in Ubuntu, for instance, you'll find out that support is spotty at best and lacking at worst. Every time you'll want to install a program you'll have to research extensively to see what format matches your distro and how to do it. Windows only uses one installer.
  2. house70 said:
    Windows 8 is more counter-intuitive for me, but I am attuned to Win XP and Win 7 (basically every Win before 8). If you are new to OSes in general, it might be easier for you to grow under Win 8.
    Linux - not for newbies. Even if you use an easy interface, like the one available in Ubuntu, for instance, you'll find out that support is spotty at best and lacking at worst. Every time you'll want to install a program you'll have to research extensively to see what format matches your distro and how to do it. Windows only uses one installer.


    +1 Windows 7 is a very good operating system and if you like it keep it. But i agree with house70 in it is easier to grow under windows 8. You really have to know what your doing for linux and you are much more limited.
  3. If you're fine with 7, there is no real need to go to 8. If you were on XP or Vista, then yes, go to 8.

    Linux is a whole different animal. If your tasks work on Linux applications, then maybe.
    But you can try out Linux with zero impact on your current system. With most distros, you can run it directly from a CD/DVD.
  4. To be on the safe side, I'd clear out a separate partition and install a trial Windows 8 to try it out while keeping my current OS. There are so many decent Linux OS that you can use and a lot of them can be booted off a CD or flash drive into your RAM. Ideally, you should use install different OS as VMs but it depends on your system specs since I hate how slow VMs can get.
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