So,,,,,,,,,,,how do you think the less computer savvy bunch would like it. I do ok with Windows, but it is a pain at times.
Too many updates and some have been corrupt as of late. Sorry don't know which ones. Have reverted the HD several times the past 2-3 months and now have it in the shop cause it won't boot after installing updates. Could be the machine, but MS wants to get XP out of the loop and I'm figuring this is either by design or just sloppy tuning since they seem to want to outdate one of the best platforms they have come up with. 7 is ok but seems to hide things.
First of all, Windows 7 Pro, Windows XP PRO SP3, Windows 95 OSR 2.5, Windows NT 3.51, and Windows for Workgroups 3.11 were the most stable versions of Windows ever. I've used and supported Windows since 1987.
As for Linux Ubuntu, Mint, and various other "flavors" of it, you need to take a look at which one suits your computing needs.
For a good overview, go here...
Insofar as the "less computer savvy" bunch goes, you will find "Mint" very easy to migrate to. It's a simple install and when you downlad the ISO image file and burn it to DVD, it loads right off the DVD so you can get familiar with it without actually installing it on your hard drive. Actually, many of the Linux distro's do this.
The great thing about Linux is it's FREE and practically every app that you will ever need is also FREE. On top of that, it can read pretty much every drive and file type you have.