Windows to Linux: Making the Switch

You are up against a deadline and you’re in zone. During intense concentration, a notification will appear: “Don’t shut down your computer. This may take some time. The computer will restart several times.
Distractions can be distracting even when the OS isn’t updating. Logging in to your computer requires you to stare at an advertisement. Open File Explorer and… I need a OneDrive subscription! This is ridiculous!
It is easy to wonder where the profit motive ends and the operating system ends. Is this really what an Operating System was supposed to do?
The idea of leaving Windows is difficult. There are many factors that prevent most people from giving up on Windows. These include the learning curve, lack familiar software, and difficulties with installation. Linux is changing all of that.
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The Linux Operating System has been working hard to remove old barriers. Today’s Linux isn’t so different from Windows. Linux is open-source, so it has been around for almost 30 years. As each contributor works to create an operating system that they love, ease-of use issues have been addressed.
Linux distributions are free for cost-conscious users. We don’t mean “peppered with spyware and ads.” Linux is an open-source product, and most distros don’t have strings attached.
Older machines may be more suited to Linux than a replacement. While some Linux distributions are optimized for older hardware, most Linux distros are resource-sparing in comparison to Windows. Linux’s small footprint gives new life to wheezing equipment.
Security-conscious people may be the best ones to switch to Linux, since it is more secure by design.
Linux provides strong user and file permissions with encryption to protect your data. It also offers application isolation to stop apps running rogue.
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The kernel is protected using mechanisms that are different for different distributions. This security diversity means that, even if an exploit were discovered, it would only affect a subset of users. This reduces the incentive to hack.
Linux has simple privacy settings, while Windows has a lot of information sharing settings.
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The main obstacle to Windows being dropped has been the lack of familiar software for the Linux platform. Graphic designers, for example, won’t switch to GIMP if all their training is Photoshop-based. This is a less pressing issue today, for several reasons.
Many of the software we use today can be downloaded online. They work exactly like desktop software.
Many Windows programs work perfectly on Linux with Wine or PlayOnLinux. This includes the aforementioned Adobe software.
It’s easy to switch to open-source versions of current software if the licenses are no longer valid. LibreOffice is preinstalled on most Linux distros.
Open source applications are becoming more like commercial counterparts, reducing the learning curve

Now that we have sorted out software, we can now focus on choosing a Linux distribution. This choice is mainly about cosmetics these days. We have all grown used to our computer acting and looking a certain way. The best Linux distros understand this and work in close harmony with our expectations of how our computer should behave. Mint is the most popular Linux flavor for people switching from Windows to Mint.
This post will show you how to set up Ubuntu-based Mint Linux on a Vista Core2Duo computer with 2 gigs RAM and 1 gig of storage.