The latest Linux installs easier and faster, and comes with more software ready to run. No need for antivirus, adware remover, malware remover, and no registry to keep clean.You won't need to defrag the hard drive either. Plus it won’t slow to a crawl after 6 months.You can really install it in about 30 minutes (try Linux Mint) and have everything you need pretty much installed.In most cases your drivers will all be automatically installed and everything will just work.You can try a live disc that you boot from and see how linux runs on your computer without installing it.You can download a cd .iso image file and burn the image to a disc.
You can use a free live disc,like System Rescue Cd to repair your Windows install,if it becomes unbootable.There are a lot of tools included.
Free also works for me,but if you need to spend money you can spend money on Linux too,but most can be downloaded for free and burned to a cd or dvd.If you are a person who mainly just does email and cruises the internet,you should be happy with linux.There are versions for older computers with less ram and slower processors.So you can still run that older computer instead of buying a new one.There are a lot of old computers that could be reused.The hard drive does not even need to be working.You can boot off a linux live disc like Puppy Linux and make a perfectly good computer out of that old computer.
If you need to run some special program,say Photoshop or Dreamweaver you can keep Windows and dual boot Linux and Windows.You can also run Crossover Office and it will allow you to run Microsoft Office,Dreamweaver,Photoshop,Quicken,etc.You can even buy a linux version of Nero for burning discs.But there are linux programs available which will do a lot of the same things for free.(Did I mention free is good?)
The things I do in linux-internet,mail,watch dvd's,burn dvd's and cd's,write this web page,chat,watch tv,record tv,play music,rip cd's,photo collection,digital photograpy,scan documents,write letters,play games (Duke Nukem,Alien Arena-I'm not really a gamer),I can't think of anything I'm missing.
Linux can be a great tool if you want to use it.Check out Distrowatch for all the latest Versions available.Also check out our Distros page.