It's funny, of all the reviews from places like ZDNet, Techrepublic, Forbes, & the likes the best place to get information is from the forums. I found a discussion regarding EVE (no idea what it is, I'm assuming a game as it is a gaming site) & running it on a Linux machine. There was more information there regarding the Linux OS & it's capabilities than in all of the review sites I've read so far.
Which is why I've brought this question/discussion to this board. You guys are great at what you do & are the real users of the software. There has been enough discussion across the swamp to see you guys use different OS's & it's nice to be able to hear first-hand experience on what works & what doesn't for your applications.
I thank you for your input & suggestions & I thank Mark for this forum, it is truly one of the best.
So I think I have narrowed down my list to the following with strongest preference first:
Of course there's a lot of subs in there that I'm struggling with; Kubuntu which uses the KDE desktop environment, Xubuntu w/ the Xfce, & Mint which is a variant of Debian.
These choices are made based on continued support, largest support group, & widest availability of 3rd party software.
I understand the several 'revisions' of Linux as it's 'freeware' so everyone wants to make their own. What I can't find is the in-depth differences between them to know which one would be of best use to me. Installing ALL of these is like spinning the wheel. The last thing you want to do in an occupation like ours is spin the wheel, to do what's been done before, to peat & repeat. If it's already been done, why redo it? But I can't find any in-depth description of each of these OS's to keep from repeating what's already been done.
One thing I'm still struggling with is what is the difference between Unity, KDE, GNOME, & Xfce? I've read that Unity is not that great but I can't find an explanation as to why.
And of all the research I've found/read so far, I've not come across PC-BSD. And after reading Tuoni's https://www.theswamp.org/index.php?PHPSESSID=kh0kovngefq156n4e0c9u7t426&topic=50828.0
post about FreeBSD having critical vulnerabilities, I'm not sure I want to go the way of BSD. Of course, other sites have mentioned that the BSD series is slow (as in at least 9-12 months slow) to get updates as well. Your thoughts?
What Windows games/software are you wanting to take with you?
There's three to four that I would really want to take along and currently running on the Desktop W10 PC. Minecraft (bought just this Christmas for the 10 year old), Flight Simulator X gold w/ a bunch of addons, & of course Silent Hunter III (arguably the BEST submarine sim ever created). These will remain on the desktop for a while though. I have to get the family adjusted to the new OS & make sure I can get all the necessary software they need for school & essential tasks.
I like Se7ens advice on
get your feet wet and install one over the weekend. Have one or both kids help you; give yourself plenty of time (the weekend) and make it a bonding time.
I have an old laptop (I mean OLD. I have to plug in a CAT cable as there is no wireless type old) I'm going to try this on. I'm also purchasing an SSD drive for it just to give it a little life. I hope it'll work, we'll see.