6 months - Mandriva -Linux
It's easy staying up to date with Linux, and no upgrade costs. Except that I am a member of the Mandriva Club which costs me about $12 per month. I see it not so much as a cost, but as a contribution. For many years I travelled free while these faithful Linux guys kept on pumping out more and more excellent work. Eventually I decided I should be contributing financially and not just politically.
This is contributed to a Community Forum, but no-one does "Community" better than the Open Source movement. If I strike a snag I can send an email to a list, and, get this, in many cases a developer of the particular software will be the one to respond. Don't get that from MS. Any way, the cheerful, and co-operative spirit of the OSS movement is a great encouragement, there are real people out there who are busting their *ss for you and me. And they genuinely like to help.
These days you do not have to be a geek to run a Linux OS on your computer, because Mandriva, Ubuntu, even Fedora Core are all very easy to install and use.
Stacks of useful software is free and dead easy to install, thanks to automated package managers in most modern distributions of Linux. These work from a GUI or from the Command Line Interface (CLI). The CLI is not as terrifying as some may think: imagine you want a finance package called Gnucash - oh, sorry it's already installed. Well let's say a Genealogical program called gramps, you can use the gui in Mandriva or you can open a Console and at the root command line, type in "urpmi gramps" (no quotes), that's it! The program will find where gramps is stored on the internet, and download it, and install it, without a reboot and within a couple of minutes you are ready to start looking up your family tree.
These days, everything works, unless you are on the expensive side of the bleeding edge of tech advancement. So if you are like 90% of computer users who trail a bit behind the "latest and greatest" then a modern Linux distro could set you free.
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