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my older brother, housebound and a constant computer user, has finally had enough of windows 10, and wants a simpler system that actually does what its told, rather than doing what it wants.
He mainly works with pictures (photoshop, etc.)
he has heard about linux, but doesnt know if he can download and use it by himself.
Anybody know?

(I'm clinging desperatly to my xp tower and vista laptop till the bitter end)
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Linux runs my CNC machine. I've had no problems with it so far. It's almost like using Windows. I knew nothing about it when I got it, but was easy to operate.

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I won't even get Windows 10
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Hey, Bob.
You could try Ubuntu...it's an open source (free) OS. Pretty sure it's a version of Linux.
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I had it on my daughters old comp. but I got rid of it for lack of space, when I got the new pc.
Tons of apps for it...OpenOffice for one, GIMP for another (open source imitation of PhotoShop)
https://www.openoffice.org/

Solaris is another one
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my older brother, housebound and a constant computer user, has finally had enough of windows 10, and wants a simpler system that actually does what its told, rather than doing what it wants.
He mainly works with pictures (photoshop, etc.)
he has heard about linux, but doesnt know if he can download and use it by himself.
Anybody know?

(I'm clinging desperatly to my xp tower and vista laptop till the bitter end)
I've got Linux Mint. I can run just about any program that Windows can run.

Gimp is very close to Photoshop I understand. I don't do much photo work.

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Check out "Puppy Linux" It can be loaded on a CD, and you can run it without changing ANYTHING on you computer. Most Linux distributions require installation on your machine, Puppy stays only on the CD, unless you decide to install it permanently.

The only thing you need to do, after downloading it and burning it to CD (or DVD), is open your bios at boot up, and change the boot order.

If you aren't familiar with that, the boot order just tells the machine wherefore look for the operating system.

If you change it to look on CD first, it will boot from the CD (if there is a bootable CD in the drive). Leave your hard drive as 2nd choice. This way, when you want to use Linux, put CD in drive, and reboot. If you want to run Windows, don't put it in the CD drive. If you leave another CD, or DVD in the drive, it will ignore it, and boot up off your hard drive (windows)

The huge benefit to Puppy Linux is that you don't need to commit to Linux, you can use it until you think you are comfortable with Linux, and want to make a permanent install. You will probably find it to be all you need. The larger distributions have the same Linux, they just include their own choice of other programs. If you need a program that isn't on the Puppy distribution, you can add it as needed.
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If you like Windows XP then I would suggest Linux Mint Mate Edition,and if you like Windows Vista, then try Linux Mint Cinnamon Edition. Ubuntu is a lot like Windows 10. If you have a 64 bit computer, be sure to get the 64 bit version. All of Linux Mint versions are free as well as all of the software. Linux is rather sparse as far as games though.
They do have near to 70,000 software packages.
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I duel boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux it works well and is easy to set up here is a link for the download.
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I recommend Linux mint.After it's installed there's a video on YouTube -search for "Frank's help desk" for how to set it up!
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I dual boot Linux Mint on my old XP computer. It takes a while to get it set up the way you want it, but if you are the least bit computer literate it isn't difficult at all. I simply went to the Linux Mint web site and downloaded the OS, burned it to CD and installed with the dual boot option. The Linux system does it all for you. If a 72 year old, semi-computer-literate can do it...
I use the GIMP program on Linux for photo/image editing, but I also have an old Photoshop version loaded with the Wine loader program. There are a lot of Windows programs that can be run on Linux using the Wine loader program

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I'll pass these suggestions on to him. He's also 72, and has had computers for a long time, but 10 has absolutely beaten him.
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