Well, you’ve heard me talking about it for a while. I finally pulled the trigger and ditched Windows…on TWO computers. I decided to learn how Linux works and install it on a new laptop (which came with Windows 10) and an old computer that we use for family things (which ran Windows 7). Just a bit scary to make the switch, yet completely gratifying. I haven’t been this excited about personal computing in a long, long time.
If you decide to look into jumping ship like I did, just understand that there will be a learning curve. I’ve always enjoyed programming language and code so it doesn’t bother me to learn ‘techy’ stuff like that. But, if you have no interest in learning code, there are many versions of Linux (called ‘distributions’ or ‘distros’) that make the switch from Windows or Mac very easy.
Since I have been an advocate for quality free-ware, this is right up my alley. There is NO COST to download and install Linux. If you have an older machine, it will most likely breathe new life into it because it is ‘lighter’ than other operating systems.
There are many, many options for programs (apps) that you’ve become used to in Windows. For example, if you love Microsoft Office, Libre Office or Open Office are fantastic alternatives. Many distros come pre-packaged with Firefox and Thunderbird, too.
Occasionally, you will come across a Windows program that you just can’t live without, yet there is no real alternative for Linux. If that is the case, you have the option to use a Windows emulator called Wine. It allows you to install Windows applications on a Linux machine. You may recall my love for the program called e-Sword. It is not written for Linux, so I installed Wine and it works like a charm.
The Linux version I chose is Linux Mint. If you are interested in learning more about the different flavors of Linux, here are a few links to help:
I decided to make this switch after extended frustrations with Windows 10 privacy invasions. Windows 7 will soon be unsupported (on my family computer), so now is a good time to make the move on that machine as well.
Oh, before I forget, most distros allow you to run Linux from your USB or DVD before you install it! That is how you can check out all the features before you pull the trigger. I did that with several distros before I settled on Mint.
Mike (aka Captain Geekypants)