How to decide if Linux is right for you

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Had it up to here with Windows? Can't take another "blue screen of death"? Another 10-minute wait for your laptop to boot? Another spyware or virus hassle? Heck, maybe you just think Microsoft got it so far wrong with Windows 8.1, it's time for a change.

In fact, maybe it's time for Linux.

The open-source operating system offers users a Windows-like alternative with a few key advantages:

* It's free.

* Most software for Linux: also free.

* It runs briskly with less horsepower under the hood, making it a good choice for older PCs.

* No viruses. No spyware. No adware.

* You can choose from a variety of user-interface styles, including some that closely resemble Windows (XP, 7, etc.).

Sounds pretty good, right?