Thanks for a good post there keith, having started on Win 98 myself an seen all the new releases from microsoft go haywire i could not agree more with your comments. I personally did not change from 98 until XP proved itself (who remembers Millenium?) didnt use 7 and Win8 is primarily a first run into the touchscreen field.
yes they want your cash, but its for old rope it seems . There are many things that are hyped up on a new release that in reality are nothing but pointless minor changes easily spotted by those in the know.
Thats enough about the big W i think, so onto something more interesting.....Linux
these guys really know how to put an OS together and they listen to the users taking onboard new ideas and including them into the systems (after being tested of course) Never having tried linux before , finding my way around mint has been really straight forward, yes certain drivers need tweaking, i had to track down a linux friendly graphics driver but for the most part a fresh Mint installation from new worked without any major problems.
I found a download that could be put on a USB stick, all that was needed was to make it into a bootable drive easy enough with the right software, i used a program called Universal-Usb-installer and transferred the linux distro to it
Just change boot order to usb drive in bios and reboot with USB stick plugged in "et voila" a new OS and after a few straight forward inputs you have the new system up and running. Far less hassle than any other installation ive had to do believe me ive done more than my fair share.
Yes it runs without fuss with none of those silly msg things every 5 min .
One of the best things ive found is theres an inbuilt chatroom taking you into a dedicated help forum where any questions can be put to experts and problems are worked through in a live enviroment. Excellent idea ,, i used it a couple of times always got the help i needed .
I find my 7yr old laptop runs faster too....as theres no bloatware needed.
In short the whole system does exactly what it say on the tin............it works !
Before you ask...
NO i dont work for linux....
.NO im not getting paid to say this
YES im a relative newcomer
YES im a total convert and a big fan................May the XFCE be with you