Now that Windows 10 has been released and due to the fact the upgrade is free for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users you would be forgiven for thinking that this would be a preferable option to learning a new operating system such as Linux.
This article provides 10 good reasons why you might want to choose Linux and in particular Linux Mint over Windows 8 and Windows 10.
1. You have an older computer
If you are using Windows XP or Vista then the chances are your computer isn’t going to be powerful enough to run Windows 8 or Windows 10.
You have two choices really. You can either stump up the money required to buy a computer running Windows 10 or you can opt for Linux Mint.
There are many different versions of Linux Mint and if you go for the version with the lightweight desktop environments such as XFCE or MATE then your machine will live on.
2. Linux Mint Is More Familiar Than Windows 8 Or Windows 10
If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 then you might be surprised to learn that Linux Mint probably provides an easier learning curve than Windows 8 or Windows 10.
The start menu is exactly where you would expect it to be in Linux Mint, there are normal icons, panels and a system tray.
Setting up hardware is straight forward as well. You will be able to set up most printers without inserting a DVD or navigating to a website in order to install the drivers.
3. The Size Of The Windows 10 Download Is Huge
If you are on Windows 7 or even Windows 8 and you are thinking about upgrading to Windows 10 then you should realise that the download for Windows 10 is very large.
Whilst no operating system can claim to be completely risk free the fact remains that Windows is a big target for developers of viruses and malware.There is very little that Microsoft can do about this issue and as such you are required to install an antivirus application and firewall software which eats into your memory and cpu usage as well as the constant stream of downloads required to keep this software up to date.Within Linux you just need to be clever and stick to the repositories and avoid using Adobe’s Flash.
Linux by its very nature is just more secure than Windows.
Linux Mint even with all the effects and shiny features of the Cinnamon desktop environment runs faster than Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
Users are becoming less reliant on the desktop and more reliant on the web. Do you need all of your processing power taken up with the operating system or do you want something with a lighter footprint letting you get on with your work and play time.
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