Well, the benefit of a Linux OS vs a MS OS is that it is open source software, develloped by a world wide community,
so nobody is there to make profits by spying, collecting and selling your data.
Linux is safer vs spy and malware, viruses are not yet a problem as there are no open doors in the system,
if any safety risks are found they are immediately healed by updates.
The penguin comunity is way less willing to take risks for the user as the comercials do, to make profits.
For the daily use of your PC you will find a program equal to your Windows ,
e.g. Libre Office is fully compatible to your old office files.
For those programs like GPL wich were written for MS systems, there is a compatibility platform in Linux called wine.
To get wine1.1.19 you have to go to their homepage winehq.org and maybe read in their wiki.
Mint user have to take the ubuntu version.
One thing every Linux beginner has to learn is the use of the console. It's not a big deal!
Ginetto's link is very good! https://sites.google...ipsproject/Home
if you have done an install go to https://sites.google...-cinnamon-first
this helps you to optimize your system.
When we have a running Linux OS we begin to add wine.
You first have to remove your old wine1.6 to make an update to 1.1.19 ,
there is a good how-to in the winehq wiki.
Mint 17.3 is fine for ATI GPUs, I use it with my HD6870 and the fglrx drivers with Catalyst.
The wine drive_ C: can be found when you right click in your folder and check show hidden files -> picture
You can use the GEMPackage_22.214.171.124.exe and start it with wine.
I install it like in Windos directly in C:\Gplsecrets, my copied full GPL folder is in C:\GPL
Delete the gem.ini after the install and then start GEM+ from the desktop icon.
As you see the manifold problems with W10 updates, MS cuts its downwards compatibility more and more.
They don't want the users to be satisfied with what they have, the user has to buy or rent a new software if the old one does no longer work, or becomes "unsave" as XP...
With Linux you can upgrade the kernel of a running operating system to keep it up to date.
Edited by Cookie, Oct 04 2016 - 08:26 PM.