A new OS shouldn't be daunting. You've probably learned a smart phone's Android or iPhone system. That's a new OS. You managed that, right? Trust me, a Linux system will look and feel familiar. And the only thing you need to find out is a USB stick/thumb drive.
I keep threatening to set up a multiboot system. But just have not had the nuts to do it yet.
I want it to boot to:
And a Linux distro.
I want to introduce the grandkids to all of these thirty year old games and and combat aircraft sims still sitting on the shelves.
I am not sure what hyperspeed, multicore processors will do to the game play or video rendering.
I have original install discs for the operating systems, if I can get past Windows Validation because they have been previously certified on another MB.