I just installed Ubuntu at home after years of supporting Microsoft OSs. I bought an enormous blank drive and decided to make this an entirely open-source box.
I was a fan of Windows only because I didn't know anything else, and after just 2 days of playing around with Ubuntu, I'm hooked. The basic tools are better, it is much more customizable than any
Windows OS I have ever seen, and the open source support community has solutions for just about anything, you just have to look.
Whereas Linux boxes don't get infections like Windows, it's just because there are not much malware out there that is written for that platform. yet, I am sure that the same -ahem- @programmers@ will also learn to write malware for the various versions of Linux.
Starting with a blank drive, I burned the image onto the disk & failed to boot. I looked at it again, and found that I had to have the install app on the same level as the root.
I just wasn't paying attention when I burned the first disk, but at least now I have a backup!
Once it booted, I had to wait for hours to partition, format, and install- a 400 gig drive takes a while!
Now it's just a matter of taking the time to learn it, play with the settings & find or make apps that will do the things I want it to do.
I'll never go back to Windows!