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Tired of Windows? Here’s How to Make the Switch to Linux

As Microsoft transitions to Windows 11, many users are voicing their frustration over embedded advertisements, constant updates, data collection, and increased hardware requirements. For those unable to upgrade their Windows 10 machines to the latest version, Linux offers a compelling alternative.

Linux provides a free and open-source option known for its stability, security, and flexibility. This guide will take you through the entire process, from choosing a Linux distribution to installing and customizing it.

Choosing a Linux Distribution

Unlike Windows and macOS, Linux comes in various distributions, or “distros,” each with unique interfaces and features. For beginners, Linux Mint is recommended due to its familiar desktop environment and Ubuntu base.

Installing Linux Mint

  1. Download and Create Bootable USB: Download the ISO file from the Linux Mint website and use a tool like Rufus to create a bootable USB flash drive.
  2. Backup Important Files: Ensure all critical files are backed up before starting the installation.
  3. Reboot and Access Boot Menu: Restart your computer and access the Boot Menu or Setup.
  4. Follow On-Screen Instructions: Boot from the USB drive and follow the on-screen instructions to install Linux Mint. After another reboot, you will encounter GRUB, Linux Mint’s boot menu.

Adapting to Linux Mint

Once Linux Mint is installed, you can familiarize yourself with the new operating system through its Welcome window. Basic navigation within Linux Mint closely resembles Windows, easing the transition for new users. However, installing and managing apps in Linux is different from Windows.

Managing Apps in Linux Mint

Each distro has its own repository or app store where apps can be downloaded either through a graphical software manager or from the command line.

Command Line Instructions for App Management

  • Installing Apps: To install apps like VLC, open a Terminal window and run the command sudo apt install vlc.
  • Uninstalling Apps: To uninstall an app, use the command sudo apt remove [app name]. To delete configuration files as well, run sudo apt purge [app name].
  • Updating Apps: Update apps from the software manager or by running sudo apt update and sudo apt upgrade in the Terminal.

Switching to Linux can be a smooth process with the right guidance, providing a stable and flexible alternative to Windows.

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