As with XP, MS will stop bug and security updates for Windows 7 in just one short year.
And . . . . as Windows 10 has been the most annoying & problematic Windows yet, this may be a good time to try Linux on a separate internal partition or a usb v3 portable (like the small SanDisk extreme 500) SSD.
Note: below the graphic is a link to an excellent article that just touches the surface of WHY Windows 10 is not a good solution either (just because an OS “looks good”, is no indication it is in fact a “good” OS when compared to Mac or Linux).
Win7 EOS Article
Good article by HTG (How to Geek) blog.
OTG on Win10 fragmentation . .
Shows percentages of Win10 users running different upgrade builds. It’s really interesting to see that over 80% of Win10 users are still running on an old upgrade (April 2018) versus the newest upgrade (Oct 2018).
What’s up with that??? Never have seen anything like that since I started running Linux way back in 2003. In other words, MS doesn’t feel confident in releasing wide scale updates to bring everyone together on the current build! (simply unbelievable!)
Good article at the OMG-Ubuntu! website. But . . . as always, this topic is somewhat subjective. Still . . . it does provide a good overview for Linux newbie users.
OMG_Ubuntu re 5 Best Linux Distros – 2018.
The following link to OTG clarifies what PC users need to know about the “UEFI Firmware” (aka BIOS of yesteryear) related to security patches:
HTG Link re UEFI Firmware Updates
For Windows devices:
“Project Mu is all about helping PC manufacturers create and test UEFI updates faster by streamlining the UEFI development process and helping everyone work together. Hopefully, this is the missing piece, as Microsoft has already made it easier for PC manufacturers to send their UEFI firmware updates to users automatically.”
For Linux devices:
“This isn’t just a Windows thing, either. Over on Linux, developers are trying to make it easier for PC manufacturers to issue UEFI updates with LVFS, the Linux Vendor Firmware Service. PC vendors can submit their updates, and they’ll appear for download in the GNOME Software application, which is used on Ubuntu and many other Linux distributions. This effort dates back to 2015. PC manufacturers like Dell and Lenovo are participating.”
Turn your “Olde” Linux OR Windows desktop into a Linux Media Server . .
opensource.com blog re Media Server
So, in addition to the recent Samsung devices (tabs & phone) method, we also have the Gnome3 software method described below:
OMG Ubuntu! re Droid to Nix Connection
Good summary at link below graphic about the different “official flavors” of Ubuntu. Additionally, there are about 35 or 40 “unofficial” versions of Ubuntu (for example, Linux Lite).
The article is well written with many graphics to explain this concept further.