What is your number one tip for Linux newbs that will keep them using Linux in the long term?
I’ll start. Mine is learn the simple tool of Clonezille and use it to make device to device backups of your system drive. Then clone that drive at least every two weeks without fail. That way you can easily get your system back up and running when it inevitably has an OS or hardware failure. You don’t have to keep more than three or four clones to have that sense of security.
Buy a 2nd hard drive to run Linux on. Boot it from an m.2 to USB converter or install it on a 2nd machine. Don’t dual boot. Transition slowly taking plenty of time to find both the Desktop and the OS that are the most comfortable for you to use.
Install something like Ubuntu an then try to use it and live in or with it for a longer period of time before changing the distro or giving up. After some months of real use, you can then go a step further.
Ignore the drama you find pertaining to linux/distros, and keep in mind this is software made by people who love using computers, and by enlarge are “passion projects”, that very talented programmers invest their free time into constant improvements.
Is it perfect? Nope. Did it cost you anything to try it? Nope. Could you program something better? Probably not, but if so, EVERYONE is looking for contributors and input, it seems!
Install Virtualbox in Windows and try-out famous Linux distros like e.g Ubuntu, Fedora, Linux Mint etc in a VM. You can give each LInux distro its own VM.
If you made your choice, turn the things around, install Linux on the hardware and run Windows in a VM