I used Ubuntu 11.10 for two months or so because I had to, but I will say it was a very good FREE OS complete with a basic office suite that lets you surf the net and create documents to your hearts delight.

If you want to do much more that and don't want to have to tinker just to get Windows programs to run, then Windows is the best way to go.

JMHO. Later,
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Bob
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