Well,I certainly would not buy a Linux computer. Linux is just not user friendly and too difficult to use. I am not surprised your friend had difficulties with it. If you are buying a computer for the first time or even if you are not a first time user it is better to buy Windows not Linux. As there is just too many problems with this difficult to use operating system. I find that I cannot do anything on Linux except browse the web and you can do that on Windows. And the system of Linux using the terminal that did not even work for me and most ordinary people like myself cannot do this anyway. If you want my advice, stay with Windows,you are much better off. Andrea Borman.