This will be a looong "question" not because I intend to make it like this but because the more I learn about Linux the more complex it seems to become for me to figure out which Linux distro, and/or DE/WM to go with. So please bear with me on this one.
So, here it goes. I need to make the move from Windows to Linux as I am too pissed off with the many system crashes, numerous and random internet disconnecting issues, trojans, rootkits and malware infections and whatnot, and all of these on a fresh new install of Windows on which I only installed the bare minimum (winamp, browser, antivirus, office, vlc, etc, etc).
No new downloads, no new apps installed, no anything and yet, system crash after system crash, virus infection after virus infection (and that's after scanning PC twice or three times with AVG, Malwarebytes, HitmanPRO, NOD32, Avast, Avira and whatnot) without detecting anything malicious.
The hell with all this!
I just need an OS that installs fast, has the same (or almost the same) feel and design as Windows (Xp, Vista, Win 7, or even Win98 doesn't really matter), is easily customizable and which doesn't need 10,000 upgrades and reinstalls in one year, like most of the distros I learned about seem to undergo (most of them seem to be upgraded once or twice per year).
Anyway, as I was saying I need a stable OS that will function flawlessly even after 10 or 20 years, without needing a single upgrade, update or re-install. I am not interested in learning to use terminals or lines of code, I am not interested in gazillions of packages in their collection of software and applications, I don't need dozens of games or trying hundreds of new, cool and shiny apps, or anything like that. I will stick to the same browser that I've been using since it came out (mozilla firefox), I will stick to the same 2-3 games I've been playing since I was a kid, I'll also stick to the same Winamp, Winace, and other stuff that I've been using since I got my first PC. So, a huge collection of apps and even games won't impress me to install the latest and coolest distro if it fails to offer the minimum (stability and security)
I also need my OS to be highly intuitive (to look as much as Windows, if possible), to be easily customizable (drag and drop, or "click here click there done" type of customization, not typing alien coding into terminals and modifying dozens of config files and whatnot).
I am not very interested in saving on CPU resources as this year I will be getting a new PC anyway, with a minimum of 8GB RAM, SDD instead of HDD, too and so on and so forth. So PC resources won't be a problem anymore for my new Linux install (even my current desktop is able to handle a heavy Linux distro) but I need something that works and works flawlessly out of the box. I installed Mint x64 Xfce about a week ago and wasted all my time reading everything on their forum and while the folks at Mint forum are very helpful I feel like I will never get where I want with Linux Mint. And after doing some even more research and reading in Google and on other related and on-topic websites I feel like the more I try to learn how a particular distro or desktop environment works the more minuses it has and the more distros and DEs I hear there are. Which becomes s confusing and so down letting that you just feel like sticking to Windows but I can't (I WON'T) get back to it as I have already invested all of my energy and capacity of understanding it into it and it still looks like a program built by techie wannabes....
Anyway, sorry if I digress too much. The drivers for my hardware is another biggie for me. After one week of research and forum asking I can't make the sound card and my (already obsolete) Speedtouch ADSL modem connect to the internet through Linux Mint, which is why I am looking for another Linux option.
I can understand that it's almost impossible for any distro to contain drivers for all possible device types and models, so I won't insist on this aspect. But at least I need to be able to easily make the devices work properly.
Is there any chance at all that I ever find such an OS among all the Linux variations that exist on the market today? I am not interested in server based Linux, or commercial or enterprise or other BS like that. I just need a OS to function on my desktop, that's all. I don't think I ask for much
So anyway, is there someone who has possibly, thoroughly tried ALL of the distros and Wms/DEs out there (or at least the major ones, those listed on DW) that can offer an unbiased opinion on which Linux distro is the solution I am looking for?
Please! I am already sick and tired of so much research and not getting anywhere and I need a stable and secure (fast too, if possible but not a requirement) Linux ASAP so I can continue my work.