Originally Posted by olephart72
4- what differences can i expect BETWIXT THE (2)?
Linux, (unlike Microsh^t products) actually works.
Your computer will work better.
You will eliminate frustration.
No need to do "system maintenance".
No need to use anti-virus crapola.
Linux unleashes the power of your computer (i.e. lots of rather simple operations, which in WinD'ohs you'd need to download software to accomplish, in Linu, you can achieve merely by typing a command. [When you become a little more advanced])
You'll feel better; life will become simpler [seriously!]
You won't have to sign away your rights and privacy by agreeing to ridiculous EULAs.
Your friends and neighbors will stop asking you for technical support after a while, when you tell them "I haven't used WinD'ohs in years, and no longer know anything about it".
You won't have to re-install your OS every 6 months; and it will work just as well 3 years from now as it does today.
I'd stay away from the new Ubuntu- it has become too much like WinD'ohs- Full of bloat and spyware. I started with Ubuntu myself, three years ago- but I've just switched to Debian, because I was don't like where Ubuntu has gone/is going. There are a ton of user-friendly Linux distros out there today, which are good for first-time users. Look at reviews on Youtube; pick one you like, and try it.
Most of us former Ubuntu users are dropping Ubuntu like a hot potato!