Linux or Windows: Which will I put on my laptop?

My laptop had serious problems.  The repair place put in a new hard drive. So now I have an opportunity.  Do I continue with Windows and its programs or do I move to Linux?  David Thornburg, an educational technologist, has been an advocate of using Linux; at last year’s NECC, he did session after session advocating Linux (UBuntu)

I have been using Open Office and and Firefox for the past two years.  I am not a techie so I need easy to use programs. I am an educator who uses limited media outside of my work(mostly Windows Movie Maker to create genealogy “slideshows”and itunes for family genealogy’s recordings. 

What opinions do people have about switching? Who has done it and can offer the pros and cons?  Can an average person make the switch without being a techie?  I await your thoughts.

2 Responses to “Linux or Windows: Which will I put on my laptop?”

  1. 1 Sean November 10, 2006 at 5:01 am

    Harry, I think that you are brave to want to do it. I think its a fine experiment for yourself. I would just caution that you will probably want to keep around a spare windows box for the times when you want to get something done. As you say, much of what you want to do has analogous programs on both sides of the fence, but you are going to need time to learn the new OS and basically to learn the pros and cons of having all of the configuration options at the cost of ubiquitous support.

  2. 2 hgtuttle November 22, 2006 at 4:51 pm

    I am willing to try this if I can find Windows XP for my Averatec. I am unsure if I every had the original disk since when they fixed my laptop, they reinstalled it back to its original state. I am willing to try it out as an educator. Thanks for the advice. I have been told that if I partition my drive, I should install Windows first and then Ubantu.

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