And if I were going to switch to Linux, which is looking pretty likely (thanks, friends!) what distributions and desktops should I consider?

Is GNOME 3 as weird as it sounds?

Twenty-odd years ago I was a debian user, but I got fed up with some font management issues and decamped to the new improved "BSD in a clown suit" MacOS. It's a whole new landscape now.

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I lean toward Ubuntu as a pretty user friendly distro.

I personally find Gnome3 to be annoying, but that may just be because I am used to gnome2. The gnome2 branch has split off as mate, which does the trick for me if I need a graphical interface.

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Oh, and the Ubuntu LTS releases, with five year support are a big plus for me. The idea that you should have to update your OS once or twice each year drives me a little crazy.

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