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Windows 8 sucks. Time for Linux?

I created a new virtual machine and installed Windows 8 on it. The trouble is, I keep getting stuck in apps and have to reboot in order to quit them. For instance, I clicked on the calendar and am stuck there. Right clicking gives me a "Day Week Month Feedback Today and New" option... none of which brings me back to the os. I have tried everything I know (and I am NOT a newbie) but can't get back to the OS. Rebooting again...

Damn Windows 8 sucks. Don't get it.

Ok. I figured that part out, but am overall pretty displeased with the lack of intiutiveness of this new "Metro" interface. I'd say that if you are a Windows user from way back and have considered trying Linux, but thought it's be too hard to switch, Now's your day. Switching from Windows XP, Vista or 7, to Windows 8 is like starting all over again. Maybe it's time to give Linux a try?

If you want to, you can try Linux with no risk, by downloading the Ubuntu Live Disk iso image from here...

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

Or you can buy a bootable flash drive from them for about $5 here.

Once you have a Linux or flash drive, insert it appropriately and reboot. Once the boot screen comes up, you'll need to hit the key that allows you to boot from the CD-ROM drive or USB flash drive. It's different on many PCs, but it usually something like [F10], [F11], [F12] or [Spacebar]. Once you have the OS booting from the CD/Flash Drive, it will load up Linux and run it in a virtual environment, right off of the CD or flash drive. It runs a bit slower that way, but is a risk-free way to see what you think of Linux.

After you are done playing with Linux, pull out the CD/flash drive, and reboot your computer. It will come up with your old operating system, just like before, and you can throw away the Linux disk if you want.

If you do decide to move to Linux, you can install it right off of the same CD/flash drive. You can choose to completely replace your old operating system and make the leap to Linux or, if you have enough room on your hard drive, you can install Linux and windows side-by-side and choose whichever one you want to run from a boot menu. Linux will handle all of the heavy lifting of installing the boot menu for you but if you are tech-averse, you may want to have a geek handy. Any run-of-the mill neighborhood geek would be pleased to help you set up Linux.