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I switched to Linux

For Better Security
16% (179 votes)
For Better Value
12% (137 votes)
For More Choice
17% (192 votes)
For More Control
34% (383 votes)
For Ease of Use
5% (58 votes)
Was Preinstalled
1% (6 votes)
Haven't Switched Yet
5% (61 votes)
Other
9% (97 votes)
Total votes: 1113

A correction to the choice availible

More Control == More Security == More Choice

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Switch

I've been playing around with Linux for awhile but I finally switched main PC over to a Linux only system last year because with Linux you don't have to go through ridiculous hassles like changing registry keys just to change to a theme that is not included with it.

I switched to Linux...

Because I was bored of Windows and a friend had Mandrake installed and I got curious about it.

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