Consider this my nudge topic, since Linux here has been clumped together in this new section I am amking the best of it by making a controversial subject matter. But the truth is that I do think linux is better then Windows and here is why: 1 It is developed by communities: Microsoft values self interest and self importance. What you say about windows doesnt matter to them, they only care about the bottom dollar. Linux however has no corporate interests, and even the distros maintained by companies such as Redhat offer an open ear. 2 Choice: Microsoft wants you to use whatever they want you to use, they dont care if you want it or not. Linux however does offer choice and if you dont like it you can change it. 3 Ease of use: Yes I actually consider linux easier then windows, the only time windows seems easier is when you have certain hardware and need drivers for it. But for codec installation and software installation I dare say Linux is easier. The reports of windows being easy is merely an illusion. 4 open source: Open source is the best method when it comes to software development. It can take ages just to get a simple bug fix to communicate in a closed source environment. I always get updates and never have to wait eons for security patches, Windows and its closed source model leaves so many opportunities to exploit bugs. 5 No need for antivirus, defragging, or any of the nonsense you see in windows: Sure Linux has its security issues, in fact its rather big news when it happens as seen with the Hand of Thief Trojan that has graced linux systems. But security issues are an every day thing in windows, thus why its not noticed. No OS is bulletproof, but i often feel safer and more secure using linux. As for some distributions you can try well I have quite a few that I think a windows can jump into with only a tiny learning curve: 1 Linux Mint: The easiest Linux distro for people to use bar none, with a windows XP like UI it is a system that comes with codecs and all the bells and whistles you need. 2 SolydXK: A new distro that offers stability and ease of use, both feature a windows XP/7 like setup 3: Zorin OS: Zorin is mainly targeted at windows 7 users and actually offers Wine to use some windows applications by default 4 Netrunner: A nice windows like distro, fast and clean. 5 Ubuntu: Ubuntu is the most popular linux right now, for those wanting to try something that doesnt look and feel like windows this is a good place to start. While it doesnt offer codecs by default it has tools to get you media playback. 6 openSUSE: openSUSE is one of the key distros in linux, again not offering any codecs but it does feature a nice solid OS. So there you have it, disagree if you want but I gave my honest opinions here. Addendum: I had a forum hiccup and I didnt notice it until I posted. Can the topic title be changed to: 5 Reasons why Linux is better then Windows and 5 distros to try out for beginners Sorry about that, it must have happened when I was making the post.