I will keep this rather open ended... I currently run win7 64bit but I am interested in installing a 2nd open source OS. The main reason is to learn an alternative to windows. Im not a fan of windows dominance and I feel that my use of it is supporting the limited options to the consumer. If i was familiar with another OS like Ubuntu then I would be less tied to windows, and Ive got to start somewhere. I would assume as long as users of open source OS are few and far between then windows has little competition so if I want to support change then I should make the change myself.
So Ubuntu seems to be the most easily understood OS for those that are familiar with windows and I am likely to use Ubuntu for that reason. Ive viewed youtube videos of Ubuntu and the desktop and software seems quite typical so my only hesitation is the install process, benefits of the OS vs. windows, and compatibility.
My use of the pc is the following in order of most to least use: internet, email, video encoding, photo editing (generic software), gaming (crysis, oblivion, fallout 3, guild wars, WoW), excel, powerpoint, and word. My hardware should be listed in my signature, if not it is in my profile.
What is the consensus for most user friendly OS for these tasks, is Ubuntu the best choice? What benefits will I appreciate (more memory availability, generally faster pc because of fewer background programs)? From what Ive read gaming on Ubuntu is not recommended due to compatibility.
If my assumptions are way off please forgive me I am a novice with these alternative OS. It was 1992 since I used an Mac system consistently!
Oh, if I am repeating a previous post, which is quite likely, and you want to refer me to that link that would be just as good obviously. Thanks.
Linux_O and amdfangirl, thanks for the great replies! Woke up not expecting anything and you two gave me enough to look into for at least a day. Im sure this will settle my questions about what to choose and how to do it. If I have any questions I'll be sure to post again! Great support!
The OC is stable as far as I can tell. No problems in game at least.