Hello everybody, First of all I hesitated a long time to post, because I tried to read as much as possible before I ask, but I get the impression of the linux community to be very supportive towards new people coming into the sphere, so I try my luck. Please forgive me if I ask dumb questions or if my English is not on point (it is not my native language). I try to format my post a bit, to make it easier to understand and read. I marked the actual questions in blue to make it easier for answering. I hope this helps. What is my general question / goal? I want to get into Linux for my personal use. What Linux OS would you recommend? Yes this is probably a very typical question and I already tried to search on my own but I always get very different results.. Often I read Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Sometimes Gnome or Red Hat was recommended too when I filled out an online "what distro should I choose"-form. This is why I try to give a bit more context and informations here... (Log in to hide this advertisement) What is my current situation / "status"? Right now I am using a PC with Windows 10 (64bit). I started (process ongoing) to "un-google" my digital self by trying to have full control over my data and informations by myself again. I bought a Synology NAS (not exactly sure which one, have to check this when I am home if that is helpful, but I think it is DS218J 2 Bay Desktop or similar to this model) and plan to host my data (in detail: my contacts, my notes, my files I need on the cloud etc.) with nextcloud. I also have my mails on a webserver hosted and access them via Thunderbird right now. I think most of the general stuff I do on a daily basis (mails, surfing etc.) will be no problem on Linux to do as far as I understood. I also need to work with software like Adobe Photoshop, Indesign or Maya3D etc. for my job. My solution to this would be to run Linux on 1 harddisk and windows on another one. I would try to do as much as I can on Linux for my personal stuff and only use Windows for the software I need to. Is this a good idea in general? Maybe really dumb question but: are there any concerns / security issues if I still have Windows on a harddisk? fe. Is it possible to restrict the Windows OS to access the other harddisks (linux OS harddisk, media harddisk with my private files on etc.)? I am just thinking about: If I make all the effort to switch OS and try to keep my data on my own, am I doing this for nothing if Windows sniffs around the other harddisks anyway? Do I need to run Windows on a complete other system or maybe a VM (in this case I am thinking about the potential troubles with my 3D rendering etc. -> performance issues). Further informations I try to give a bit more context and informations for general questions I noticed when people asked the same "what Linux should I use?"-question like I do. Use Case: As mentioned I want to use Linux for daily use. I dont not want to play games on Linux. Troubleshooting: I ususally can fix all the Windows issues I have by myself or with help from the internet. Linux Knowledge: I do not have any or just a little knowledge about Linux, but I am willing to learn. GUI Preference: I am willing to learn working with a new GUI, I do not really need a Windows-like UI. I think the transfer would be smoother, but this is not really a main preference for me. Thank you already for reading and maybe answering. I am not sure if all of this is even helpful, otherwise I would love to answer more questions if that helps.