Okay, I’m totally new to the idea of Linux, but I am quickly becoming very disillusioned with Windows 8.1 (which runs fine, until I install all of the updates and drivers Microsoft wants me to install), and then runs for 30 minutes before becoming cripplingly slow and I have not much choice but to reboot… rinse and repeat. I have no idea where I went wrong and I am pretty sure this isn’t meant to happen.
I am considering trying out Linux, but need some advice on which version is best for people who are new. Something with a desktop similar to how Windows is laid out (minus the terrible 8.1 version touchpad style start button). I must be honest I am nervous about this as I have used Windows ever since I was a teenager and learned how to use a computer originally on 95, then 98. Honestly if they still offered support for XP I would downgrade to that version because I loved that one, but that is no longer an option. I mean, I won’t know how to fix a problem when it happens, in Windows I usually at least have an idea. But I have heard from various videos on youtube that Linux is more stable, less prone to viruses, and that as long as I don’t download something I shouldn’t, it should be okay.
What I need to know is:
Which version of Linux is best for a total beginner who has been using Windows her whole life?
Do you guys have software options for:
- word processor similar to openoffice?
- something similar to krita for drawing?
- something similar to magicavoxel?
- a screen recorder? (I currently use OBS studio, for which I had to download a pack of drivers)
- a video editor? (similar to minitool moviemaker or the old fashioned windows movie maker)
Obviously I know it is going to mean learning totally different software and a completely foreign operating system, because I highly doubt that .exe files will run on anything but windows, but I’d be willing to learn everything I need to know, just so I don’t have to put up with continuous updates, a malfunctioning computer, and the frustration of having to go through the tedious process of ‘refreshing’ windows and beginning the entire cycle of madness again.
I would be grateful for any advice