XP is Dead, Try Linux

Okay, this is a long one. If you have not upgraded to Windows 7/8 or you can’t go out and get the new shiny… Try Linux! You can download a “Live CD”, burn it to a blank CD or DVD, and reboot your computer. This will allow you to try it out first and see if you like it. To get you started here are some links:

Ubuntu (one of the most popular distributions)
http://www.ubuntu.com/

Xubuntu (Ubuntu with light weight desktop, great for aging hardware)
http://xubuntu.com

Linux Mint (based on Ubuntu with some awesome mixed, a personal favorite)
http://www.linuxmint.com/

Manjaro (I’ve heard really great stuff about this one and am downloading it right now)
http://manjaro.org/

Here’s a nice list of pros and cons I lifted from Linux.com:

“Let’s run through the pros and cons of switching to Linux. First the good parts:

Immune to Windows malware, and you don’t need anti-malware software
Offers both free of cost and supported options
Runs great on older, less-powerful hardware
No insane license restrictions
No artificially crippled versions to justify multiple price points
No phoning home to the mothership for permission to use your own computer the way you want to
Flexible and configurable
Easy one-click software installation and removal, from secure sources
Great hardware support, without having to hunt down drivers
A giant world of great software for free, and lots of great commercial software
Maintained by an open, global community of first-rate developers and contributors
All Linux software is available on the Internet, so you never lose it.”

Need to replace MS Office, sure I got you covered… https://www.libreoffice.org/

But Chris, I need to edit photos!
Boom! http://www.gimp.org/
Once again, Boom! http://www.darktable.org/

What if I play with recording audio?
Seriously? http://audacity.sourceforge.net/
Also, http://ardour.org/

Like to play games?
http://store.steampowered.com/browse/linux/

What if I absolutely, positively need this particular Windows program?
http://www.winehq.org/

Total cost = $0

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