Hey All, after years of Windoze only machines I have decided to jump into Linux see how I like the water to going into full time open source OS flavour and take control back, but as I've never really tinkered with Linux before I'm pretty much going in blind so I am seeking out some advice, do's/don'ts and general guidance.
So in no particular order:
*Which flavour of Linux is best (I know I know this is subjective I;m more after a general consensus)
*Would it be best to run in a VM while getting to know the nuts 'n bolts so to speak before I dive in full time
* I do a lot of gaming as well as study on my machine so that is why I haven't really jumped in yet as all my games and programs are Windows based
*See above is there some avenue ala Bootcamp/Dualboot so I can still game with Windows based games.as well as programs which are not yet ported or have an equivalent.
^And Disk formats will I have to backup all my programs and games before I transition (I do have all my media on a FreeNas box so are not in the main rig)
Apologies if this all seems a bit vague but I have so many questions but do not wish to spam the forums, and the above is a rough guideline of my most important aspects.
Specs of the PC are:
AMD FX 9590
Crosshair V Formula Z Mobo
16 GB Corsair Dominator Ram
All advice and scolding most definitely appreciated.