Abraxas, with Linux, it's not "all or nothing". You can set up an environment that will allow you total freedom to explore, mess up, prod and poke around until you figure things out and it is quite simple to do.
Thanks Rudge; I'm probably expressing a desire to not 'play' around with things like Virtual Box, and just see what's going on online.
The experience with my Mother has obviously thrown me into a state of shock .
It's something I've never done (Browse for fun !) as I've studied at tertiary level, but studying 'IT' is a bad rub, as the whole thing gets thrown up in the air once week and you have to re-learn everything, using your common semse, so working out and about is great fun, helping people who have changed the Default settings, in Windows, in the wild.
Although I work with Windows, going to community centres helping people who have varied problems, under the guise of my wonderful employer 'Green P.C.', although I hate Windows, the general community uses it, ... I could throw together a Batch file to make you an omelette in windows.
In Linux, I have all I would always have used in windows, without the hassle, and when after a hard day at work I sit to use Linux, I don't want to do config stuff, just play, relax, invent.
All's good, great commumnity here, and off I go, into the wild to solve an afternoon win breakdown, 20 Km's away. Yep, all's good, as long as no one asks me a question, which takes me back to helping my Mother - she asked every question possible
I shall delve deeper into PCLinuxOS given confidence there are people here to help if I stuff up.
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