.....about 5 or 6 years ago I tried making my Vista machine a dual booting computer and installed a rather brown version of Ubuntu. I really didn't understand it. I did read books. I read things on forums but I was lost. So I wiped the partition and stuck with Windows. I am now living in Egypt and nearly all of the software available is cracked - even Windows. But I am fed up with the fake Windows warnings that are popping up all of the time. So, I am thinking of taking the plunge again. However, I have a desktop, three laptops, two tablets (Android) two phones (Android) and I just want something to plug'n'play straight out of the box. I don't tinker. I don't open things up. I don't root things. Someone more clever than me has designed these things to work and I respect their intelligence. So, it is time to try Ubuntu again? I gave up before because it didn't plug'n'play - it needed all sorts of who-knows-what in the set ups and I am not a programmer. I am about to replace my desktop with a new Windows 8 decent spec model and I just don't want Windows 8. My needs? All I do is Office (I've seen PlayOnLinux to install Office on a Linux machine), Clementine for music, Chrome for internet, DropBox, Acrobat.......that's about it. I am tempted to install Ubuntu on my old Dual Core machine when I buy the new desktop and see how it goes, but my main desktop has two extra 2TB hard-drives on board and I stream movies and music all around my flat to laptops, Xbox and PS3. So will all of this be compatible? If these are ridiculous questions then I do apologise, but if I install Linux on my new W8 machine then I will need to go the whole hog and install it on everything in order to carry on streaming movies, won't I? Thanks to anyone who takes the time and the care to try and help.