Have You Tried Linux As Yet?

Clean Desk

Unfortunately, there are a large number of people who would not even dream of giving Linux a try.

And, why is it that a large number of people are afraid of giving Linux a try?

Because, whenever they hear or see the word, “Linux,” they tend to think of a complex operating system that is only used by nerds and hackers.

Okay, I will admit that nerds and hackers are quite fond of Linux; but they are not the only ones who love Linux.

Believe it or not, regular people love Linux too (However, they are the adventurous type of people who enjoy learning new things). 

To be most straightforward with you, Linux is way different from Windows 10 or any of the past operating systems that Microsoft released (And, that will involve learning how to use entirely new software).

Yes, my friend, the learning curve is a bit higher when it comes to Linux (But, do not allow that thought to discourage you from dabbling in Linux).

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that there is a distribution of Linux that is ideal for:

  • Those people who are new to Linux.
  • Those people who are at a medium level in regards to their expertise in Linux.
  • Those people who are highly advanced at using Linux.

So, by all means, choose your distribution of Linux wisely (A simple Google query should enable you to decipher whether or not it is a user-friendly distribution of Linux).

And, since I am eager for you to give Linux a try, I will recommend a few of them to experiment with.

Ubuntu Logo (Photo credit: Canonical)

Ubuntu Is Worthy Of Being Tried Out

Ubuntu made its first appearance on Wednesday the 20th of October, 2004 (Mark Shuttleworth is the brainchild behind the Ubuntu operating system).

Ubuntu’s first desktop environment was GNOME (It was replaced by the Unity desktop environment in April 2011).

Today, Ubuntu uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment.

And, I have to point out that Ubuntu is based on Debian (Which is one of the reasons why Ubuntu is a fairly stable operating system).

The Ubuntu operating system is perfect for those people who are:

  • Newcomers to Linux.
  • Intermediate Linux users.
  • Advanced Linux users. 

People like Ubuntu because of the following reasons:

  • It installs easily.
  • It is compatible with most hardware.
  • It has a broad range of available software.
  • It is user-friendly.
  • It receives regular security updates.
  •  It has a strong community support.

By the way, the GNOME 3 desktop environment can be quite demanding where system resources are concerned. Therefore, I highly recommend that you install it on a computer that has no less than 4 GB of RAM, despite the fact that Ubuntu’s official website claims that 2 GB of RAM is the minimum requirement.

If you happen to be one of those people who possess a computer with 2 GB of RAM, you would be much better off utilizing other official flavours of Ubuntu with lightweight desktop environments; such as, Lubuntu (which is Ubuntu with the LXQt desktop environment) and Xubuntu (Which is Ubuntu with the Xfce desktop environment).

Linux Mint Logo (Photo credit: Linux Mint)

Linux Mint Comes Highly Recommended

Linux Mint made its debut on Sunday the 27th of August, 2006 (Clément Lefèbvre is the mastermind behind the Linux Mint project).

This highly polished distribution of Linux comes in three different desktop environments; which are:

The good news is that there is a version of Linux Mint that is based on Ubuntu, whereas there is another version of Linux Mint that is based on Debian — which is known as, the Linux Mint Debian Edition.

A lot of Linux users from around the world adore Linux Mint because of the following reasons:

  • It can be easily installed on their computer.
  • It can be easily customized.
  • It is compatible with older and newer hardware.
  • It is a very user-friendly distribution of Linux.
  • It is stable.
  • It receives security updates on a regular basis.
  • It is packed with a wonderful selection of software. 
  • It has a strong community support.

People who came over from Microsoft Windows are comfortable with Linux Mint because of the traditional desktop metaphor (The layout is somewhat reminiscent to that of Windows 7).

One of the nice things about Linux Mint is that they have the 32-bit and the 64-bit ISO images available for download (This is great because a lot of Linux distributions no longer provide 32-bit ISO images of their operating system).

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Ubuntu MATE Logo (Photo credit: Ubuntu MATE)

Ubuntu MATE Is Impressive

Ubuntu MATE was founded by Martin Wimpress and Alan Pope; their operating system was first released on Thursday the 23rd of October, 2014.

The following year (February 2015), Canonical Ltd. made Ubuntu MATE an official Ubuntu flavour.

Ubuntu MATE is simply the Ubuntu base operating system with the MATE desktop environment added to it.

This operating system is a pleasure to use because of the following reasons:

  • It is user-friendly.
  • It is easy to customize.
  • Users have access to great software.
  • It is stable.
  • It is fairly lightweight.
  • It works superbly on older and newer hardware.
  • It receives security updates on a regular basis.
  • It has a supportive community.

A lot of people from around the world are quite fond of Ubuntu MATE because it works well.

Ubuntu MATE seems to get better with every release.

Peppermint OS Logo (Photo credit: Peppermint OS)

Peppermint OS Is Lightning Fast

Peppermint OS moves speedily because it has a hybrid desktop environment (It is a fusion of the Xfce desktop environment and the LXDE desktop environment).

This operating system was first released on Sunday the 9th of May, 2010 (Mark Greaves is Peppermint OS’s CEO, Team Leader and Support Admin).

Peppermint OS is based on Ubuntu.

Some of the Linux users are quite fond of Peppermint OS because:

  • Its hybrid desktop environment is very lightweight.
  • It is user-friendly.
  • It can be easily customized.
  • It comes with a minimum amount of software by default (However, users can easily add their desired software).
  • It is stable.
  • Regular security updates are provided for this operating system.
  • It is compatible with both older and newer hardware.

Most Linux users would be pleased to know that both the 32-bit and the 64-bit ISO images are available (Linux users are free to download whichever ISO image that they like on Peppermint OS’s official website).

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Manjao Linux Logo (Photo credit: Manjaro Linux)

Manjaro Linux Is In A Class By Itself

Manjaro Linux made its first appearance on Sunday the 10th of July, 2011 (Its developers are Guillaume Benoit and Philip Müller).

This Unix-like operating system is based on Arch Linux (And, it follows the rolling release development model).

This user-friendly Linux distribution has three official flavours:

  • The Manjaro Xfce Edition.
  • The Manjaro KDE Edition.
  • The Manjaro GNOME Edition.

As an added bonus, people can also download the Manjaro-Architect ISO (Which is recommended for advanced Linux users).

The Manjaro Linux Community Editions are Manjaro Linux with other customized and preconfigured desktop environments (They can be found here).

Some people have a deep appreciation for Manjaro Linux because:

  • It can be utilized by Linux users of all skill levels.
  • It grants them access to bleeding edge software via the AUR.
  • Great technical support is provided via Manjaro Linux’s forums and their IRC channel.
  • It can be easily customized.
  • There are numerous desktop environments and window managers to choose from.

I would like to state for the record, that users do experience the occasional breakage of their system (This is to be expected since Manjaro Linux follows the rolling release development model).

Now, do not be scared of the occasional breakage because the technical issue can be easily rectified (You will be able to find help via Manjaro Linux’s forums, their Wiki and their IRC channel).

You will certainly gain a lot of knowledge on Manjaro Linux by reading through their forums and by putting what you have learned there into practice.

Manjaro Linux is worth its weight in gold!

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Solus Logo (Photo credit: Solus)

Solus Is Silky Smooth And Well-Polished

Solus was first released on Sunday the 27th Of December, 2015 (
Ikey Doherty was the lead developer of the Solus operating system; he parted ways with his beloved project in 2018).

Today, Solus’s Core Team is comprised of the following people:

  • Joshua Strobl (JoshStrobl) — Experience Lead.
  • Bryan T. Meyers (DataDrake) — Technical Lead.
  • Peter O’Connor (sunnyflunk) — Performance Lead.
  • Pierre-Yves (kyrios) — Global Maintainer.
  • Joey Riches (joebonrichie) — Global Maintainer.

Solus is unique in the sense that it is not based on any of the other Linux distributions (It was built from the ground up).

The official downloads are available in three flavours:

  1. Solus Budgie (Which is Solus with the Budgie desktop environment).
  2. Solus GNOME (Which is Solus with the GNOME desktop environment).
  3. Solus MATE (Which is Solus with the MATE desktop environment).

Solus’s implementation of those three flavours work very well and they are beautiful and modern-looking; which is the reason why I referred to them as being, “Silky smooth and well-polished.” 

Some people like Solus because:

  • It can be installed easily.
  • It is very user-friendly.
  • It is a curated rolling release.
  • It is stable.
  • It is secure.
  • It is modern.

While Solus may not have lots of software like Ubuntu or Manjaro Linux, it contains a reasonable amount of software — enough software to meet the needs of the user.

Final Thoughts

Now, those are merely a handful of Linux distributions (There are thousands of them; which of course, is way too much to mention).

And, my blog post will not be complete without letting you know how you can go about creating a bootable Linux USB flash drive.

For those of you who are using macOS, Alexander Fox’s article, How to Easily Create a Linux Live USB in macOS, will provide with the necessary steps that you will need to take.

And, those of you who are using Microsoft Windows, Abhishek Prakash’s article, How to Create Ubuntu Live USB in Windows, will provide you with step-by-step information.

If those two articles were way too complicated for you to fathom, you can download Etcher here (It will automatically detect your operating system; which will provide you with the correct version of Etcher to download and you can use this piece of easy-to-use software to create your own bootable Linux flash drive). 

Linux is free.

Linux is fun to use.

Linux is powerful! 

Give Linux a try (That is the only way you will know if you love it or hate it).

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43 thoughts on “Have You Tried Linux As Yet?

    1. Me too Sadje,
      Yet Renard keeps sharing with us the beauty of Linux in such detail! But then again my brother you havent given Pinterest a hard try either…I am a MS word woman. I guess I am not as adventurous 😉

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      1. 🙂 Hmm. I have given Pinterest a try (I just do not live in it).

        And, if Microsoft Word works for you, stick with it.

        Hopefully, you will become adventurous where Linux is concerned someday.

        Thank you for your input, Julie!

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  1. Linus is beautiful init’s concept. It has more failings than what currently supports it. My favourite is Linux Mint, but because it’s so buggy and developers are few and far between and also some developers give up their so called “baby” and move on to something else, there is difficulties you do not get with traditional programs on the usual operating systems. I hate Windows but I have to use it. Linux can be too time consuming, so is Windows but not as much. I use my computer every day, and use a lot of programs, so I need the thing to work properly.

    There is also a problem with the core of Linux, they keep changing it, yes faster, yes easier, but a pain for newbies a s they have to relearn most all over again. Most people just want “it” to work, so it’s never going to catch on big time in the early future because “it” simply doesn’t work. At the moment your pushing a full trolley of food up hill to Mount Everest. It’s going to get cold at the top but if you stick with it it will be all down hill eventually! Stick with it if you understand it, but if you don’t move on. Use IOS is the best for trouble free.

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    1. 🙂 Linux is by no means perfect; it has its flaws like any other operating system.

      There are numerous distributions of Linux (Some better than others).

      A person’s Linux machine could work well, provided that they make the time to learn all about their chosen distribution of Linux.

      And, thank you for sharing your perspective!

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  2. A few years back, in my tech career worked a ton of linux. If you are a programmer or tech support it’s a must! The stability for running intensive processes is unparalleled.. I used Ubuntu at my home pc. Nowadays, it must be very easy to install, Even 10 years earlier, it wasn’t hard either. Most technologists have it on their home pcs.. It’s almost a requirement back in the day.. mmmm… maybe I’m old now!

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  3. I’ve used Linux in the past because I am kinda geeky with tech stuff. But it never replaced Windows for me. The truth is that an operating system needs to be able to suport any kind of software or game. This was never the case with Linux. It’s not even the fault of the OS, but there is simply not enough support from software and game publishers. I see a trend that this is changing, but it happens too slowly. Until now, Windows is not replaceable to me.

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  4. I used Linux when I started out but then I got a new laptop that already had an operating system on so I stayed with the new one and I am pretty happy, so I don’t feel the need to change.

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