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Which OS would you say is best for the average computer illiterate. Windows or Linux?

Asked by flip86 (5998 points ) March 28th, 2014

I feel that Linux is the best system. Most computer illiterates use computers for internet only. To connect to social media, play online games, stream videos, etc. Some may also use them for word processing, and Linux has that covered. Linux also supports Netflix in the browser now. Unofficially, of course.

Once setup, Linux is pretty straight forward with no risk of viruses and no chance of installing crapware and toolbars.

Windows on the other hand, while it supports a vast amount of software, makes it too easy to install toolbars, crapware, spyware and obtain viruses. Paid and free anti virus/malware/spyware software is crap. They may stop some, but they never catch everything.

I have seen too many Windows computers of family and friends bogged down with all the crap they have put into their computers. It annoys me to no end.

I’m not trying to advertise Linux. I have a Windows machine and I prefer it, but I also know how to keep it free of crap. The average user does not.

I didn’t include Mac OS because I’m not familiar with it and also because the average user uses a Windows PC.

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