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A point to mention for the lurkers.
Linux distros like Puppy are aimed at a narrowish audience, but easily customised. There will be some things you don't ever use, and maybe several hundred things over the years you'll download for free to add to your system, or just try.
As with many Linux distros Puppy has "pups", it even has a prog called Woof to "breed" your own "pup" with the traits and features you want. 'Wary Puppy' is a favourite. If you have a favourite major distro, there will be a Pup that utilises the repository. If you want a system media heavy, ot visual effects heavy, or to sort stuff, there is a beast for you, and you can add any other features you want.
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Long time developer of Oracle applications so very much at home with Unix OS.
I have Ubuntu on 3 machines at home and i hardly use Windows.... well, this year I have been using my daughter's laptop a lot and that has windows installed. ... I'll have to do something about it soon. ;)
 
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Long time developer of Oracle applications so very much at home with Unix OS.
I have Ubuntu on 3 machines at home and i hardly use Windows.... well, this year I have been using my daughter's laptop a lot and that has windows installed. ... I'll have to do something about it soon. ;)
I have Windows 10 on one machine. Installed it about a year ago - for about 4 or 5 years I haven't had any computers running Windows. When I went on the forums to research generally about Windows 10, I saw numerous people claim that with Windows 10 one doesn't need third-party anti-virus, anti-malware software anymore, that the built-in Microsoft software was sufficient. So, I thought, that's probably reasonable, it is 2015 (at the time), and Microsoft presumably has enough resources to develop proper anti-virus/malware software. So, within 10 minutes of installing Windows 10, I had rather nasty malware on the system. I hadn't even installed any suspicious software, or downloaded anything from a shady website. It was from an application I installed from the official Microsoft store! I assumed that software in the Microsoft store would be curated like a Linux repo. Well, it's not, and you can't get away from using third-party anti-virus, anti-malware software on Windows, even in 2016.

And that was after like 15 hours of wrestling to get Windows installed on the machine in the first place. I had the official image directly from microsoft.com on a usb stick, but everytime it complained about missing drivers. So I tried various CDs which had come with the motherboard, video card, etc. Asked on numerous forums, &c. Finally, I came across a thread on some obscure forum where someone had asked about something similar, and the recommendation was, once Windows complains about missing drivers, to pull the usb stick out of the usb port and then plug it back in. That's completely stupid, I thought. Well, turns out that was the solution.....
 
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My daughter's laptop is still running windows 7 :) she has a Mac now so she left her old laptop for me to use in front of the telly :)
I'm not a fan of Microsoft at all.... to me, personally, if it's made by Microsoft it's cr4p. I used to like windows more when the user could configure the OS but now Windows takes control of everything..... and I don't feel like I want to find a way to override windows ..... I prefer to use my time in something that I actually enjoy :) and I've had enough of computers by now lol

When working with windows then a third party solutions is almost guaranteed a better solution.
 
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My daughter's laptop is still running windows 7 :) she has a Mac now so she left her old laptop for me to use in front of the telly :)
I'm not a fan of Microsoft at all.... to me, personally, if it's made by Microsoft it's cr4p. I used to like windows more when the user could configure the OS but now Windows takes control of everything..... and I don't feel like I want to find a way to override windows ..... I prefer to use my time in something that I actually enjoy :) and I've had enough of computers by now lol

When working with windows then a third party solutions is almost guaranteed a better solution.
Philosophically, I don't like proprietary, closed software. And, moreover, pragmatically, it tends to be crap.
 
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I posted here 2012 using mint,,,,,still using it lol
I had mint on some machines once upon a time. it had some security issues a few months (?) back, as I recall. I've tried a variety of distros. Of newish ones, Ubuntu Mate seems pretty nice - I have it on a couple of machines.
 
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