The stuff I use to run my life; pt1

I gave up on Microsoft Office when I discovered I couldn't use it on Linux, so I switched to Libreoffice. It's free, open source, and works fine. Libreoffice runs on Windows and Linux just the same, so it's easy to use when I switch from one to the other. Why switch from one to the other? Pure curiosity. Been tempted by the Linux bug for at least ten years, but until recently I was too timid to try it. I didn't want to ruin my computer if I made a disaster out of the installation. But, as time passes, some things surrender to entropy, but software generally gets better. Linux certainly got better over time. Nowadays it's easy to do a Linux install right along with Windows and not lose anything but a little free space on your hard drive. In fact, you can run the more popular flavor of Linux from a CD or thumb drive and get the feel of it before you do anything rash to your computer at all. If you decide to do it, you can install Linux directly from that cd or thumb drive. These days I'm using a distribution of Linux called Mint. Works well, seems like fun. Much faster everything than windows7. Developing, as they say on Drudge.