Before you install: the software is what makes the hardware work, and the big companies behind Windows or MacOS produce both the hardware and software (or work with hardware manufacturers) to marry the two and be compatible. Linux on the other hand has to create software for every piece of hardware that’s out there. This makes it very difficult to make a bug free Operating System. This brand new laptop may have a WiFi card that no one in the Linux community created a driver for, or created one that is buggy, and so this brand new laptop works fine with Linux except that WiFi card. Such things can happen. It is the nature of this open source culture that doesn’t code for a particular company/brand, but for the entire world. Despite that, Linux works on most computers, which looks magical since you are not required to install any drivers, codecs, or the like. Everything works out of the box most of the time. You have a pair of Bluetooth headphones? Just connect them and they work! Laptop’s touchpad? Works! Webcam? Works! Tablet for digital drawing? Works! Pretty much any video formats? They work out of the box! And so on. With that in mind please be aware that it may rarely happen that your device doesn’t work 100% well with Linux and this is why, following the steps below ensures that you do this properly. Please backup your current Operating System to make sure you can revert back to it in case anything goes wrong with this installation.