RV_ Posted February 4, 2016 Report Share Posted February 4, 2016 SJVN over on ZDNET has come up with another great "Windows 10 no, Linux yes" type of article. Here are two articles; first his reasons why mint, and then his article on how to install it on a Windows system. Some folks have said they are taking their ball and bat and leaving Windows and some have, most not and were baffled, or decided that changing all their software and hardware for Apple was not while I am all Windows even to phones I am not against any other OS. I just get a giggle from the loudest being ones, as usual, are the least responsive when asked how their switch is going, as if. Linux Mint 17.3 is the best Linux desktop operating system and it might be the best PC operating system, period, for you. Excerpt: "My buddy David Gewirtz recently wrote about the question of whether you should move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 or a Mac. I have another suggestion: Linux. Specifically Linux Mint 17.3, Rosa, with the Cinnamon desktop. Yes, I'm serious. I use all the above desktops -- yes I'm a Windows 7 and 10 user as well as a Linux guy -- and for people I think Mint 17.3 makes a great desktop. I've been using Mint as my main Linux desktop for years now. Unlike some desktops I could name -- cough, Windows 8, cough -- Linux Mint has never had a flop. Every year that goes by, this operating system keeps getting better. The other desktops? Not so much. Let's take a closer look.at Windows 7 vs. Linux Mint 17.3 UI Differences There's really not much. While it's even easier for a Windows XP user to move to Mint than a Windows 7 user, any Windows user won't have any trouble picking up Linux Mint with Cinnamon. There's a Start Menu and settings are easy to find. I regard Cinnamon 2.8 as the ultimate Window, Icon, Menu, Pointer (WIMP) interface. Is it ideal for tablets or smartphones? No. Is it perfect for long-time PC users? Yes. Cinnamon does add some nice features. For example, if you mouse over the Window list, you'll now see a thumbnail for each application. It also has improved performance, system tray status indicators, and music and power applets. What I like best about Cinnamon is that it doesn't get in the way. There's no learning curve. You may have never used Linux in your life but you can just sit down and start opening directories, running applications, and modify your PC's settings. One small feature I like a lot, since I always run multiple workspaces, is that the workspace switcher applet now shows a visual representation of what's running in each workspace. Don't like Cinnamon? Unlike any version of Windows, Linux Mint comes with many different desktops. These include KDE, MATE and Xfce. Find one you like and enjoy, Application Selection It's true that Linux doesn't have as many application choice as Windows does. But, how many applications do you really need in 2016? I do most of my work these days on the cloud with software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications. These apps work just as well on Chrome, my favorite Web browser, on Mint as they do on any other desktop." IN the full article he has charts, pics, screen shots and much more info here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/why-switch-to-windows-10-or-a-mac-when-you-can-use-linux-mint-17-3-instead/?tag=nl.e539&s_cid=e539&ttag=e539&ftag=TRE17cfd61 Next article by SJV-N "How to install Linux Mint on your Windows PC" Excerpt: "Are you a Windows power-user? You can get and install Linux Mint running on your PC -- either to try it out, or as a replacement for Windows. I think Linux Mint isn't just a great desktop, it's a great replacement for Windows. With Microsoft pushing Windows 10 on existing users, people are starting to explore alternatives to Windows. I got a number of requests about switching out Windows 7 for Linux Mint 17.3. Here's how to do it. Download Mint First, you can -- and should -- try Linux Mint before switching to it. Fortunately, unlike other operating systems, Linux distros like Mint make it easy to give them a test run before installing it. To do this, first you'll need to download a copy of Linux Mint, which comes with many different desktops, such as KDE, MATE and Xfce. I prefer its default desktop, Cinnamon 2.8. If you have a 2012-or-newer PC, I recommend you download the 64-bit version of Mint with Cinnamon and multi-media support. Ready your tools At 1.5GB, the download might take a while. If you don't have an ISO burner program, download one. I recommend freeware programs ImgBurn for optical drives and Yumi for Windows for USB sticks. Other good choices are LinuxLive USB Creator and UNetbootin. All of these programs are free. Unless you're stuck with an older PC that won't boot from a USB stick, I strongly recommend using a USB flash drive. You can run Linux from a DVD, but it's very slow. Giving Mint a try Once you've installed the burner program and have the Linux Mint ISO file in hand, use the burner to put the ISO image to your disc or USB stick. If you're using a DVD -- Mint is too big to fit on a CD -- check your newly burned disc for errors. Over the years, I've had more problems with running Linux and installing Linux from DVDs from bad discs than all other causes combined." He goes on giving step by step instruction and pics screen shots etc. EZ and all here: http://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-install-linux-mint-on-your-windows-pc/?tag=nl.e539&s_cid=e539&ttag=e539&ftag=TRE17cfd61 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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