I recently had my laptop destroyed by water, so I purchased a new laptop and off I went!
Problem was, it came with Windows 10, which is constantly sending data to MS and eating up our limited bandwidth over DSL. So, I decided to switch to Linux and dump Windows 10 since it was useless for what I needed.
Problem is, Linux does not mesh well with the things I need to do. Libre Office is buggy and can't deal with the massive spreadsheets I create, and ends up crashing (taking everything open with it connected to Libre Office...not cool b/c it can't recover some of it, forcing me to hand save constantly). It also has some basic issues with functionality that get in the way of productivity for me. I like it, but I need something closer to what is native to me (and requires a lot less detective work to get it to function at a basic level).
So, I thought about purchasing a new Windows 7 OS to install onto my computer. I know computer businesses are still loading Win 7 on computers...there are new computer for sale on Amazon with Win 7, for instance.
I started looking around and it doesn't look like I can purchase a usable (i.e., new, OEM, etc.) copy of Win 7 anymore. I'd even settle for Win 8.1, but Win 10 is just not an option.
Any thoughts on this situation?