Linux Is Not Windows
If you are a Windows user who wants to try linux,keep an open mind and give it a little time and effort. Linux can look like windows sometimes,but underneath that gui interface lies a completely different animal.There is no registry,the whole file system is different.Everything is configured in text files.You can change anything you like.You can compile a custom kernel,create your own perfect for you operating system.Set up your own desktop window manager the way you like it.Nobody will own it or tell you what you have to do with it. You can look at all the code,learn how it all works together.That is what Free Software is all about,not just the cost but the freedom to do what you want with it.So with a little effort ,a little reading you can have a very powerful safe operating system.Run it next to windows (dual boot) and continue using windows until you get things figured out. You can have a friend help you install or try it on an older computer.The latest Linux distros (Ubuntu,Mint and others) are pretty easy to install and user friendly so try one or several out.You can try a lot of them by booting the disc up (live disc) and see how linux does with your computer,you don't have to install if you don't like the results.Remember it will not be as fast as a installed linux.Check it out ,you may be pleasantly surprised.