Best alternative OS

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  1. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

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    hey old friends! Haven't been here for a long time. Hope all has been well!

    At any rate. I want to migrate away from windows. I am currently running windows 10 on my lenovo laptop PC.

    I am wondering what other Operating system(s) are viable. Ideally I would like to be able to have compatibility with windows applications. I play some video games, but not terribly often. I would also like to be able to download and watch movies and download and listen to music and sync my Ipod.

    I will likely dual boot, so that when I need to use windows for something, I will be able to.

    Any thoughts or opinions that may be of help?
     
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  3. Retribution Banned Banned

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    Still hard to pass by Linux, but you'll then be opening a discussion on which particular distro best suits your purpose.
     
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  5. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    I used Linux Mint on an old laptop that someone gave to me. I liked it a lot...
    https://www.linuxmint.com/
    Ubuntu is probably the most widely supported. I loaded it many years back with a dual boot system. I didn't use it much because of my reliance on Windows at the time...
    http://www.ubuntu.com/
     
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  7. deepslate Registered Member

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    Windows 7 is the best for me, but otherwise, you may use also a Linux. Others claimed that Linux is faster. I think,if you are working more on software then Linux is advisable.
     
  8. Edont Knoff Registered Senior Member

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    Wine is a windows emulator for Linux and it can run surprisingly many windows application on Linux.

    I have Linux Mint + Wine on a laptop, too. Runs fine for me.

    Wine homepage: https://www.winehq.org/
     
  9. mmatt9876 Registered Senior Member

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    Are Linux Ubuntu and Linux Mint easy to install and use?
     
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  10. Bowser Life is Fatal. Valued Senior Member

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    Ubuntu was easy, Linux Mint required a little effort because of an issue with the age of the computer on which I was installing it. Both have a GUI, so they aren't hard to use. If you dig into the OS, however, it can become challenging
     

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