In my attempts to move away from the New World Order Surveillance Applications, like Internet Explorer, Google Chrome and Microsoft I have installed Linux Mint 17 on one of my computers dual booted for now with Windows 7 Ultimate which was successful and works very well. I was able to do this by searching for video’s that went into great detail on how to achieve the dual booting capability. There are many video’s out there that do a good job in explaining the process so I will not put any links up as Operating Systems vary widely and I’m sure with a good search people who want to get away from main stream computing can do so with a little bit of planning.
I did the almost the same on my main computer (more capable, larger memory 6Gb, better GPU Nvidia GTX 970, a reasonable CPU Intel i7-950 and a X58A-UD3R Gigabyte Motherboard. On this system I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Long Term Service) dual booted with another Win 7 Ultimate OS. This is a little but more difficult for beginners as it does not complete with all applications needed to do common things as I understand it.
I have to say that I have not had any overwhelming issues with Ubuntu so far, there are many forums with good people who will help you with most problems. These two Linux Distributions as they call them do not require any anti-virus software for normal operations as the code is very secure. For information on the security of Linux I would recommend you watch the video below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0RUl_MG1o0 This is by Joe Collins and expert in Linux, his explanations are very detailed.
In short summary, if you are a total newbie at Linux then I would first of all if you only have one computer, laptop or desktop go with Linux Mint as everything you need is installed and will give you a flavour of what Linux is all about, on the other hand if you have two computers you can install both distributions and decide which one you want as your Operation System of the future.