That's true for Linux systems, though not as a blanket statement.
Secure boot puts a great big hurdle in the way of the persistence of many legacy rootkits that effect Windows, which was previously a major issue. Sure enough malware writers have finally figured out how to get around that...
You don't need to reinstall the operating system to use a different desktop. Use the package manager to search up the desktop you'd like to try, install it, and then on the login screen choose the desktop you'd like to use from your session menu.
My version is 3.2.7.
I was looking at it again this morning. My account type is administrator and my groups memberships include adm and sudo.
This is a pretty old install though, maybe 10 years. Maybe I've hosed something up over time.
Hey Brian. No way mate! Didn't expect to find you here. :D
It's like a waypoint, people from all different forums coming together.
My last linux.org account got hosed ages ago... it's nice to be around again.
Long time no see mate. You remember me as TsVk!. ;) How you doing out there in the sticks? Good to see you've found a forum home here.
Still in the north of our great sunny (flood, fire and storm whipped) land. Will be here till I die I reckon.
So yeah, I'm on Debian 9.7, don't really...
I recently swapped over to cinnamon and generally it's been a great experience. For some reason though I can't get permissions to view any logs with the "logs" viewer attached to the --gapplication-service even though a standard user should be able to see application logs at least.