I have been toying with getting rid of Windows. It is a very unstable
system, and after awhile, the computer becomes unstable and begins
randomly crashing. I get tired of having to trash the entire operating
system and reload it every 6-12 months. I last did it to this machine
about 16 months ago, and it is nearing time to do it again because it
crashes and requires a hard reboot about twice a day now.
Not only that, but Windows is a highly insecure operating system,
and I am not sure that I am willing to accept this any longer. I used
to be a gamer, but this is not really the case any longer, as the only
game I really play any more is Kerbal Space program. The hassle of
learning to use a new operating system is now becoming outweighed by the
risks of staying.
Apple’s OS has its own issues,
chiefly among them being cost, and so I am left to consider Linux. There
are two problems with Linux:
1 I know nothing about it.
I need to find ways to run or replace the following software:
1. The MS office suite to include: MSWord, Excel, Power Point, Outlook
2. I am one of the few people that still uses Quicken, and I need to find a replacement.
3. Finding a way to run TrueCrypt on it
4. Handling multimedia files like pictures, video, etc
5 Running iTunes