Long story short; I have spent the better part of two days strangling Cortana and disabling/uninstalling/hard code removals/etc for Windows 10 since getting brave and doing some updates. First updates from initial purchase in 8/16 so I had new builds that just recreated the issues, one after another. I am done with the spy in the clouds and want to try out Linux. I have read many threads here, and found that I could install virtual box and then install different distros in it. This brings me to the questions for assistance. I don't have a lot of free time; and knowing what would be best to try when I want to be able to game using both Gog and Steam games, use Line messaging app for video and regular chat, and know that it could run on my system. I use OpenOffice now and no MS software - even quit using skype. So, it's imperative that OpenOffice work in it. I also am hoping these distro downloads are free. Oh, I would prefer to operate in a regular GUI, but can use command prompt with instruction . I have decided I might try a dual boot, but wasn't sure I had enough RAM. I don't know what I am doing for a dual boot, but figured I could find answers on your site. I have the following system: Alienware 17 R 3, purchased 8/16 Video card: NVIDIA GeoForce GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5 CPU: Intel Core i7-6700HQ (Quad -core, 6mb cache, up to 3.5Ghz w/ turbo boost) RAM: 8GB dual channel DDR4 2133 MHz HD: 1TB (64MB cache) 7200 RPM SATA 6GB/s Wifi: killer 1535 802.11ac 2x2 wifi and bluetooth 4.1 Thanks in advance for your input and I will be checking into the tutorial sections when I can.