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Top 5 GnuLinux operating systems you should try: #1 Linux Mint

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In my previous article, I discussed if a user can switch to GNU/Linux or not and I promised to write about the operating systems one can try.

In this series of articles I will talk about the operating systems I install on people’s PCs. The OS I choose for each individual depends on what they want to do with their system or how comfortable the are with software. So in this article I will talk about the merit of each operating systems.

If I am installing GnuLinux on the PC of a Windows-to-Linux convert, someone who just wants it to work without having to spend much times on making it to work then I choose Linux Mint Cinnamon edition.

But why?

Familiar interface

There are many reasons to use Linux Mint – the most notable being its ease of use and simplicity. Linux Mint focuses on what users want instead of driving their own agenda. They have also steered clear of the turn-desktop-into-mobile craze and instead developed technologies (Mate, Cinnamon) that offers the good old interface designed for a keyboard and mouse device.

You won’t have to relearn how to use your computer if you are coming from Windows background due to similarities in the interface. It’s more or less like if you have driven one car you can drive every car.

Hardware support

Due to it’s Ubuntu base it has a very good driver and codec support (the fact is now every GnuLinux distribution is very well supported in terms of drivers and codecs and it’s not exclusive to Ubuntu – the credit goes to people like Greg KH who have worked hard to bring better hardware support for Linux and Ubuntu benefits from his work).

Linux Mint will work out of the box on most hardware. You can easily install drivers for printers or other such devices in Linux Mint.

So the chances are that Linux Mint will just work fine on you current hardware.

Just keep one thing in mind – something Mac users also do, when you buy new hardware make sure it supports GnuLinux.

Dual Boot

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In case you are not comfortable with diving into the unknown waters by erasing Windows and moving to Linux Mint, you can also do a dual boot where both Linux Mint and Windows will be installed on the same system. So if you are not comfortable you can switch between Linux Mint and Windows.

Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

70 Comments

  1. I love it. Great OS

  2. I prefer elementaryOS as the first linux distro to try.

  3. linux mint, linux for absolute newbies (and me when i mess up my previous linux while have so many deadlines)…
    just install then it’ll work flawlessly..
    :)

  4. For a Windows user, Zorin OS should be even more easier to use than Linux MInt.

  5. linux mint is not consider as gnu or free distro cause it contain non-free codecs and driver by default also it forked gnome and splitting the effort and it’s not contribution to other foss project .

    • Why is it not considered a GNU distro? It’s based on the GNU operating system, that makes it a GNU distro just like any other.

    • Technically, every distro that includes the GNU userland and the Linux kernel is GNU/Linux. What you meant is that it’s not GNU/Linux-libre (that is, with the kernel stripped of its proprietary blobs) and that it’s not endorsed by the FSF.

  6. where’s #2 #3 #4 and #5 ?

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