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Hello,
I am currently building my first PC and I need to decide on an operating system. I could go with Linux or Windows. Obviously, Linux is free, but I could get Windows 7 or 8 through my school for $10. What OS should I go with and why? Any other suggestions?
Thanks
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All I can say is you need to try for yourself. Linux being free, that's one easy thing to do. You can evaluate Windows too.

But ultimately, I could sit here and tell you about how good Linux is (and it is). And I could also tell you about how good Windows is. But it might all mean less than squat unless you try them for yourself smile.gif
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OK. I'll try them both. But in your opinion, what are some pros and con's of both?
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OK. I'll try them both. But in your opinion, what are some pros and con's of both?

Linux is highly flexible and customizable... potentially in every way (though that's not to say you cannot customize Windows either, but you can't for example replace the entire desktop environment in Windows... easily).
Linux is of course open source and free, which to me is a huge pro - I like being able to see what exactly is going on under the hood.

Windows has spent a lot of time ensuring applications are compatible across different versions and releases. Now this is not to say necessarily that an application on Linux is going to up and die in the next update, though.
Windows does for the most part still retain more ease of use, though this is certainly changing in the Linux world (think, Linux Mint).
If you are gaming, unfortunately at this point, Windows is still the go to operating system.

As for the cons, well, they are both software and all software is a pain in the ass at times! smile.gif
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OK thanks. Also, I read someplace else that it's possible to have both OS's (separately, of course). How would I do this? Would I need 2 HDDs? Also, is there any point to this?
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OK thanks. Also, I read someplace else that it's possible to have both OS's (separately, of course). How would I do this? Would I need 2 HDDs? Also, is there any point to this?

You can do it on the same HDD. I don't have much experience dual booting Windows and Linux though, as I usually run Linux in a virtual machine on top of Windows for testing to see if I like it (apart from my laptop which has Linux on the bare hardware).
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If you want to play games: Windows
For everything else: Linux
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I have Linux on my laptop, and depending on what distro you use, it can be a PITA to do certain things. Installing/building MPV, printer drivers, Steam, USB drives, other little things took a LONG time for me to set up. It's easy if you stick with simple things, but once you have to build programs oruse the terminal alot, it can get more tedious than Windows.

There's also the software base. Linux has plenty of good software, but Windows has niche programs that I just can't find replacements for. And then there are DirectX games...

On the other hand, Linux seems far more efficient and feels completely indestructible, where Windows just loves to screw something up or slow itself down to a crawl.

You should boot both! You can dual boot them pretty easily, in fact that's what I do on my desktop... I have a super clean, lean Windows install for gaming and general entertainment, and I have an encrypted Linux partition (currently XFCE, though I'm switching to Mint) for more sensitive or risky stuff.
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just try them both and don't let other people steer you in any particular direction. We all have different needs and wants and perspectives on "hard" and "easy".
 
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