Microsoft would be ending its support for Windows 7 on Tuesday the 14th of January, 2020. Therefore, the people who have no intention of upgrading to Windows 10, will have to find an alternative operating system.
Luckily for those people, there is a free alternative — Linux (Which in my opinion, is a thousand times better than sticking with an old Microsoft operating system that will no longer be supported).
The great news is that there are a lot of Linux distributions that are easy to use right out-of-box and I am going to recommend six of them (It is up to you to choose any one of them to permanently replace Windows 7).
Linux Mint Is A Worthy Candidate
Linux Mint was created by Clément Lefèbvre.
It was first released on Sunday the 27th of August, 2006.
Linux Mint is one of those distributions that I would always recommend to new users.
Because of its simplicity (Which makes it ideal for the entire family).
Linux Mint is available in the following desktop environments:
My blog post, Linux Mint — A Mighty Distro, goes further into detail on this wonderful distribution of Linux.
There is a high probability of you being pleased with Linux Mint.
Ubuntu MATE Is A Workhorse
Ubuntu MATE made its debut on Thursday the 23rd of October, 2014.
It was founded by Martin Wimpress and Alan Pope.
The name of the distribution says it all (It is an official Ubuntu flavour with the MATE desktop environment).
Ubuntu MATE is available in the interim release (which is released every six months) and the Long-term Support (Which is released every two years).
The interim release has more up-to-date software while the Long-term Support has software that is a few versions behind the interim release version (Both work rather well).
This reliable distribution of Linux can be used at home and for small businesses.
Here is a sample of the software that comes with Ubuntu MATE:
- Mozilla Firefox (A popular free and open-source web browser).
- Evolution (Which is an integrated mail, calendar and address book suite).
- LibreOffice (An open-source office suite that can give Microsoft Office a run for its money).
- Rhythmbox (A free and open-source audio player).
- Shotwell (A digital photo organizer).
- Celluloid (A free and open-source music player).
The recommended hardware requirements for this well-loved Linux distribution are:
- A core 2 Duo 1.6 gigahertz processor.
- 2 gigabytes of RAM.
- 16 gigabytes of available space on one’s hard disk.
- A bootable USB flash drive.
- Keyboard or mouse (Or other pointing devices).
- A 3D capable video adapter and widescreen monitor with 1366 x 768 or higher resolution.
- A sound card.
- Speakers or headphones.
Today’s modern computers come with higher specs; which means that they are more than capable of running Ubuntu MATE in a highly efficient manner.
I am proud to admit, that I used Ubuntu MATE in the past without experiencing any sort of major technical issues.
Ubuntu MATE will make a perfect replacement for Windows 7.
Elementary OS Is Beautiful-Looking And Powerful
Elementary OS was developed by Daniel Foré.
This beautiful-looking distribution of Linux made its first appearance on Thursday the 31st of March, 2011.
Elementary OS uses the Pantheon desktop environment — a desktop environment that is built on top of the GNOME software base.
Elementary OS happens to be another one of those Linux distributions that are based on the LTS version of Ubuntu (Which contributes to this operating system’s stability).
Its recommended system requirements are:
- A Recent Intel i3 or comparable dual-core 64-bit processor.
- A computer that has 4 gigabytes of RAM.
- A solid-state drive with 15 gigabytes of free space.
- Internet access.
- A 1024 x 768 display.
Elementary OS is geared towards non-technical users (Which makes it ideal for newcomers to Linux).
M. Hanny Sabbagh’s article, Elementary OS 5.0 Juno Review: A New And Polished Experience, tells us everything that we need to know about this eye-catching distribution of Linux.
Solus — An Independent Desktop Operating System That Is Fabulous
Solus‘s initial release date was on Sunday the 27th of December, 2015.
It is the brainchild of Ikey Doherty.
Today, Solus is run by Joshua Strobl and his team.
Solus is a curated rolling release distribution; its slogan is “Install today. Updates forever.”
Here is a small sample of some of the software that it comes with:
- Mozilla Firefox.
- VLC Media Player.
- HexChat (An internet relay chat client).
- Transmission (A BitTorrent client).
Solus is available in three desktop environments:
- Solus Budgie (Their flagship desktop; which is a feature-rich, luxurious desktop using the most modern technologies).
- Solus GNOME (A contemporary desktop experience).
- Solus MATE (A traditional desktop for advanced users and older hardware).
The system requirements for Solus are:
- A blank DVD or a USB flash drive with 2 or more gigabytes.
- A minimum of 10 gigabytes of available disk space.
- A 64-bit (x86_64) processor.
Solus is ideal for the following types of people:
- Content creators.
- Anyone who wishes to use it at home.
- Anyone who wishes to use it in their office.
My laptop computer has Solus MATE installed on it (That is what I use to create my blog posts, listen to my MP3 music files and consume other types of multimedia).
I would like to point out that some people were unable to get Solus installed on their computer (Which is probably due to the fact, that there are so many configurations of hardware out there).
However, if you manage to be one of the lucky ones (one of the many people who were able to get Solus installed on their computer), you will like its performance and its stability.
I can proudly admit to you, that updates never rendered my computer useless (It is one of the most stable rolling releases that I ever came across).
Namib GNU/Linux Will Leave You Pleasantly Surprised
Hey, I was pleasantly surprised when I used Namib; it worked way better than I expected it to.
Namib’s slogan is “Arch Linux made simple.”
Unfortunately, not everyone possesses the skill to install Vanilla Arch (Which is why Frederic simplified things for anyone who wants to venture into the area of Arch Linux).
Namib might not be Arch Linux installed via the so-called, “Arch way,” but it is certainly a pleasure to use.
Namib is available in the following desktop environments:
- The Budgie desktop environment.
- The Cinnamon desktop environment.
- The GNOME desktop environment.
- The Plasma desktop environment.
- The MATE desktop environment.
- The Xfce desktop environment.
One of the main reasons I highlighted Namib is because it is compatible with lots of hardware (People who were unable to install other distributions of Linux managed to install Namib easily on their computer).
The only thing that worries me about Namib is that it is run by a one-man team — Frederic (If he meets his untimely death or he decides to quit maintaining Namib, the project could come to an end).
Manjaro — The Distribution Of Linux For Tech-Savvy People
Manjaro was developed by Guillaume Benoit and Philip Müller.
This Arch-based distribution of Linux was first released on Sunday the 10th of July, 2011.
Manjaro is strongly focused on user-friendliness and accessibility; its system is designed to work fully straight out-of-the-box.
It also comes with a variety of pre-installed software.
Now, the reason why I mentioned that Manjaro is a distribution of Linux for tech-savvy people, is because it breaks occasionally (And when it breaks, you will have to get your hands dirty by fixing it via the usage of various commands in the terminal).
There are times when I think to myself, “The folks at Manjaro wants to keep the minds of its users sharp by introducing technical issues — the types of technical issues that its users are forced to find solutions to.”
For the record, I do not mind Manjaro’s occasional breakage because I love to tinker (Now, even though I am not Elliot Alderson from the television series, Mr. Robot, I do enjoy a good challenge; one that involves fixing the technical issues via Linux terminal commands).
Hey, most rolling releases are known for their occasional breakage (Solus and Debian are exempt from this issue because of their high level of stability).
In the proverbial sense, Manjaro keeps its users on their toes (One never knows when it is going to break again but is fully prepared for whenever a so-called technological-related catastrophe takes place).
The good news is that Manjaro has an active user forum — a place where friendly and well-informed people are willing to help new and old users out (Please be warned, that they dislike help-vampires; the type of people who are in the habit of asking for help without ever trying to solve their problem on their own).
If you are brave and you have a penchant for things that are of a tech-savvy nature, you are more than welcome to replace your Windows 7 installation with Manjaro.
You will find the system requirements for the various desktop environments and window managers on Manjaro’s official website.
Dear friend, Microsoft will be ending its support for Windows 7 soon (I do not want you to be left in a vulnerable state; fully exposed to malware).
If you have no intention of upgrading to Windows 10, I highly recommend that you choose any of the six Linux distributions that I highlighted.
After you have made your choice, I want you to thoroughly read, Sarbasish Basu’s article, BalenaEtcher — How to create a bootable USB flash drive using Etcher.
I want you to know, that installing Linux on your computer is akin to breathing a breath of fresh air; your computer will run much faster (Just like the first day you bought it or even better).
And, there is a huge quantity of open-source software for you to utilize.
Remember, with Linux, you do not have to spend your money to acquire a subscription to Microsoft’s Office 365 crap.
Because you will be using LibreOffice for free!
One of the perks of switching to Linux is that it allows you to save lots of money.
Are you intrigued yet?