Relax And Try Linux


I have been using Linux exclusively since 2015 and I am proud to admit that I have never regretted my decision of jumping on the Linux bandwagon.


Because Linux is:

  • More secure than any of Microsoft’s Windows operating systems.
  • Free and open source.
  • Well-known for working great on both new and old hardware.
  • Highly customizable.
  • Privacy respecting.
  • Easy to use.

My article, Renard’s Thoughts On Windows 11, highlighted the ridiculous requirements for running Microsoft’s latest and so-called greatest operating system.

Now, despite your computer being unable to run Windows 11, you can extend its life by installing Linux on it.

I highly recommend that you check out, How To Install Linux Instead Of Windows 11 (It will teach you how to make a bootable USB flash drive with Linux on it).

So, without further ado, I am going to recommend a few Linux distributions for you to try.

1.) Manjaro Linux

Manjaro Linux is a wonderful distribution of Linux ― one that you can use confidently on your computer.

This well-loved distribution of Linux comes in three official editions:

  1. The Xfce desktop environment.
  2. The KDE Plasma desktop environment.
  3. The GNOME desktop environment.

Extra desktop environments are available in the community editions; such as:

Dear friend, you are free to choose any one of them.

Those of you who are coming across from Microsoft Windows would feel very much at home using Manjaro Linux with the Cinnamon desktop environment.

My favourite among the bunch is Manjaro Linux with the MATE desktop environment (And, that is mainly due to the fact, that my favourite desktop environment is MATE).

Please note, that Manjaro Linux is based on Arch Linux and that it follows a rolling release model (Rolling releases are known to break occasionally).

Hey, do not let the idea of breakage scare you away from using Manjaro Linux because you can acquire help in fixing it from knowledgeable members of the Manjaro Linux Forum.

2.) Ubuntu MATE

What I like about Ubuntu MATE is that it is a fairly lightweight distribution of Linux and it works well on most hardware.

Ubuntu MATE comes in two releases; Long-term support and the interim release (The version that is released every six months between Long-term support versions and is supported for the timeframe of nine months).

In addition to 64-bit PCs/Macs, there is a version that is available for Rasberry Pi users.

If you happen to be one of those people that are too lazy to install Ubuntu MATE on your computer, you can buy an Entroware desktop computer or a laptop computer with Ubuntu MATE pre-installed on it.

3.) Linux Mint

Linux Mint is one of my favourite Ubuntu-based Linux distributions.


Because it is very stable, easy to use and it comes with most of the software that I need.

Linux Mint comes in three different favours:

  1. The Cinnamon desktop environment.
  2. The MATE desktop environment.
  3. The Xfce desktop environment.

Anyone who has ever used some version of Microsoft Windows will be able to find their way around any of the three flavours of Linux Mint (Yes, it is really that simple to find your way around Linux Mint).

Linux Mint is stable because it utilizes the long-term support kernel.

By the way, if you want to spice things up a bit, you can replace the long-term support kernel that Linux Mint provided with the latest mainline kernel (But, do it at your own risk; using the latest mainline kernel on Ubuntu-based systems can cause system instability).

To be honest, the developers of Linux Mint know what they are doing and their operating system tends to work best with the kernel that it comes with (The same thing applies to the kernels that are provided to Linux Mint users via updates).

If you have more than one computer, I suggest that you install Linux Mint on one of them (And, this suggestion is coming from someone who uses Vanilla Arch Linux).

A computer with Linux Mint is a joy to have around and it would come in quite handy for a guest at your home to use (Most of us had house guests who wanted to browse the internet briefly while they were at our home).

4.) Linux Mint Debian Edition

The Linux Mint Debian Edition is rock-solid (It is based on Debian).

Unfortunately, the Linux Mint Debian Edition only comes with the Cinnamon desktop environment (I do not think that too many people would have a problem with that).

The software and the kernel that is provided with the Linux Mint Debian Edition are older than those of the Ubuntu-based version of Linux Mint.

The Linux Mint Debian Edition is great for those older folks who do not like to update their system on a regular basis; it receives way fewer updates than the Ubuntu-based version of Linux Mint.

The Linux Mint Debian Edition is perfect for small businesses and, of course, personal use.

5.) Zorin OS

By default, Zorin OS has a very clean look; despite being GNOME, its layout is reminiscent of that of Microsoft Windows (The typical Microsoft Windows user will feel at home using Zorin OS).

This Ubuntu-based operating system is bundled with a reasonable amount of software (It has everything you will need to be productive right away).

Zorin OS with GNOME comes in the Core (the free) and the Ultimate (the paid version) editions.

There is also Zorin OS Lite ― a free version that comes in Xfce; this helps low-spec PCs to run fast and fluidly.

There is also Zorin OS Education ― a free version that was specifically designed for use in schools and on students’ computers.

The good news is that fans of Zorin OS can purchase computers that come pre-installed with Zorin OS (You can find out more about that here).

Zorin OS is a nice beginner-friendly distribution of Linux ― one that you can grow accustomed to using.

6.) EndeavourOS

Truthfully speaking, EndeavourOS rocks! If you are the type of person who does not want to go through the hassle of installing Arch Linux on your computer, install EndeavourOS.

My article, 5 Reasons To Use EndeavourOS, highlights the greatness of this distribution of Linux.

For the record, Endeavour OS is more suited for the intermediate or advanced Linux user (After all, it is Arch Linux that we are dealing with here).

EndeavourOS provides the user with the latest versions of software along with up-to-date kernels.

Final Thoughts

Why should you spend your money on a new computer in order for you to run Windows 11?

Truthfully, you could if you really wanted to.

However, you should not if your computer is fairly new.

Why should you allow Microsoft to brainwash you into believing that your computer is no longer useful?

Wave “Goodbye” to Microsoft Windows and install Linux on your computer today!

37 thoughts on “Relax And Try Linux

  1. Over the years I have experimented on installing different versions of Linux on old hardware, but never came up with a fully operational system. I just bought a new computer three months ago, but it is already showing signs of the inherent errors included with Microsoft products. The clock shows errors, the machine does not reliably hook to USB devices, and the software that came with the device is not the full version they sell. I run LibreOffice for my productivity apps, and am a fan of open source. I get messages now that Windows 11 is coming out soon and I am barely up to speed with W10. Hopefully the hardware manufacturers get on board with Linux and start offering more new computers set up to run open source.

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  2. Really needed to hear this! 😕 I mean, there’s got to be alternatives for your device which isn’t compatible with the Windoes 11 version. I really need to fix the sluggish system for my brother’s online classes. So, Thank you!! 😉😊

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  3. That’s a good post. I used Linux back in the day but I think, I need to come back since I code with python now and Linux is pretty flexible with all programming languages.

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      1. It’s not my decision, darling; it’s The Boss (AKA my husband), and it’s his business. I only help him do books, and all his clients use QuickBooks. He has looked into ZipBooks, and I thank you for suggesting, but no can do.

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  4. I tried Linux on my older laptop and can’t get past the Win 10 boot up. I’d rather get used to Linux on my old computer before I make the change on my new one. I’m not one to give up easily and I’ll keep trying.

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  5. After watching some tutorial YouTube videos about Linux, I see that the OS Mint is pretty much similar to Windows 10. In addition, I can continue to use Microsoft Office software like Word and PowerPoint! That makes it attractive to go for Linux, I must say. And also Linux can be installed on external device. What have we got to lose?
    I perhaps may able to manage as I am not in gaming or that sort of thing.

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    1. 🙂 Jackie, if you want to use Microsoft Office software, you will have to run it via Wine or utilize the online version of Microsoft Office.

      On a positive note, Linux has alternative software; such as LibreOffice.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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        1. Contrary to Microsoft are most Linux softwares very tolerant and allow you to save your created documents in Microsoft’s proprietary formats, like .doc and so.

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  6. Thanx for this info, Renard. My wife used Linux on her own laptop several computers ago and wished she hadn’t changed. I’m going to bookmark your post for her to examine and perhaps make a decision from your selections.

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      1. LOL. “dissatisfied with Linux”? Don’t be silly, Renard,who could ever be dissatisfied with Linux? And why would anybody be dissatisfied with it? 🙂

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  7. This one I’ve been meaning to get back to for what feels like ages. Maybe this is something for a separate post topic actually… You’ve got me a little confused on one point: my understanding is that there are windows emulators out there for Linux OR outright versions of Linux that have them built in. Something like that, so that Sheree could run her accounting software, and I could still have access to a fairly extensive game collection would be REALLY helpful to see reported upon. 😉 🙂

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    1. 🙂 Wine, which really, is an acronym for Wine Is Not An Emulator is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems.

      Some distributions of Linux come with Wine installed natively.

      Also, Wine is available for download in most Linux repositories (And, that comes in very handy when it is not installed natively on your Linux distribution.

      In regards to gaming, Steam Play is the software that is used to play so-called only Windows games on Linux.

      To be honest, not all of the games that are played on Windows can be played easily on Steam Play.

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