Re: Is Linux really worth it?
From the prospective of the PC gamer stick to Windows, every new game is designed to run with Windows, you have to fanny around a bit to get it working in Linux. You can install games through WINE but it's a pain to get everything working properly.
There are some office apps that will work well on Linux like Libra Office and OpenOffice and are fully compatible and functional with .doc and .docx files.
Linux is faster and lighter but you will loose compatibility with programs (and games) forcing you to use alternatives. If you want to try it then partition up your drive and dual boot it with Ubuntu or something and see how you get on with it.
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