Most people don’t know what Linux is. Or how to use it. Others assume Linux powers servers. This is true.

However there are some Linux operating systems that are tailored for the everyday consumer.

The most popular distributions are: Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and some other derivative of Ubuntu. (Ubuntu comes in many flavors, each one has a different desktop environment.)

What should you use if you use Windows?

I would suggest Linux Mint.

My Linux Mint desktop.

As you can see above, I tailored the desktop to my liking. Here’s what Mint looks like out of the box.


Completely different, but you get the idea.

Linux Mint is closer to Windows that Ubuntu is. Ubuntu is more akin to MacOS than anything else.

Take a look at this guide on learning how to install Linux Mint if you’d like to test it. Here’s another great guide that can help you set up your new operating system.

Alternatively, you can use a program like VirtualBox to load the OS into a virtual machine so your files are left untouched.

Once you get it up and running, there are plenty of guides online to help you get up and running.

…but why should I use Linux Mint?

Honestly, you don’t have to. It’s your choice. You have control. If you are looking for an alternative, feel free to switch. If your computer is running slow, even after taking it to get repaired, I would suggest switching.

Linux is less-prone to viruses, more secure, and tends to boot up faster than Windows. The reason for this is Linux doesn’t load up as much services as Windows.

And you don’t have any extra programs running on startup (anti-virus, cleaning programs, etc.)

The choice is yours.