Re: To change or not to
If you use Windows you should definitely run software to protect against such spyware.
I installed Ubuntu on my Toshiba Satellite P755 (which came with Win 7) upon purchasing it. Aside from the keyboard backlight not working in Ubuntu, everything works great, and installation was easy. I've had 12.04 and 13.04 on this machine (along with a few other distros that I've installed and played with just for fun). I'm not saying it will go that smoothly for you, that's just my experience.
You should take into consideration how your son needs to use the computer. Is it for school? Does he need to run software provided by the school (that may not run on Linux or Wine)? Does he do a lot of PC gaming?
I know a lot of the problems people have had installing Ubuntu on Win 8 and some Win 7 machines have come from Microsoft's Secure Boot, which they now require manufacturers to include on their machines. I believe 12.04.2 and 13.04 are both equipped to deal with this problem.
Last edited by newb85; May 25th, 2013 at 08:17 PM.
Jane, stop this crazy thing!