So my custom built desktop suffered a power surge a while back and I've only just ordered the components to build a new one. What I haven't gotten yet is an operating system to go along with it.
I'm not all that knowledgeable about computer hardware, I bought all the components with the guide of the logical increments site however I went to a computer sales/repair place to ask about operating systems. Initially I inquired about windows 7 & 8 and about how much they cost, then as an alternate he suggested that I could go with Ubuntu which he said costs nothing, doesn't slow down, is virus protected and I can download straight off their site. I had never heard of Ubuntu until today and I had always used windows as an operating system but at the moment I'm a little put off paying more than I feel I need to.
So I just want to know if anyone has had any experience with it, if it all that its cracked up to be and how it compares with windows?