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Linux Mint is an elegant, easy to use, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution.
Linux Mint is an Ubuntu -based distribution ( so Debian based ) whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java and other components.
It also adds a custom desktop and menus, several unique configuration tools, and a web-based package installation interface.
Linux Mint is compatible with Ubuntu software repositories.
Linux Mint was started as a fork of Ubuntu Linux, while still relying upon the Ubuntu repositories. There are various versions, all free of cost, but some include proprietary codecs, which can not be distributed without license restrictions in certain countries. Linux Mint is quickly supplanting Ubuntu as the world's most popular desktop Linux solution.
Some of the reasons for the success of Linux Mint are:
•It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.
•It's both free of cost and open source.
•It's community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint.
•It's safe and reliable. Thanks to a conservative approach to software updates, a unique Update Manager and the robustness of its Linux architecture, Linux Mint requires very little maintenance (no regressions, no antivirus, no anti-spyware...etc).
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It resembles Windows and as a Windows user most of my life, it helps me to get used to Linux in a way I'm familiar with. Mint is easy to use and can be customised more than windows.
I love the open source community because we can get ideas from commercial operating systems and use it to improve ours without paying a penny for it.
This is the best Linux distros, its simple, you get thing done fast, its stable as you've never seen. Its compatibility is exceptional, and installing wine to run windows apps work perfectly. This system is mint ;)
I love it. New to Linux though. I tried, like, 10 other versions of Linux and this baby hit the sweet spot. Great for users used to Windows.
I'm running Linux Mint 18.3 Xfce. I like it very much. Enough so that I was able to gladly dump Windows.
So far, it's been extremely stable and has played nice with all of the hardware on the 4 different machines I've installed it on. It even had a built-in driver for my nearly 20 year old Hauppauge TV tuner card. A surprising number of free Linux-based programs are available for almost every purpose. The Xfce desktop makes Mint relatively light on hardware resources. With the dark theme installed and a different wallpaper, it looks nice too. The only minor annoyance was getting my HP printer running. When I plugged it in, it came up as ready to use but refused to print. It neglected to tell me that I had to install additional software, which was no big deal.
This is the best GNU/Linux OS for me. Since the release of Linux Mint 19.2 (specifically only with the Cinnamon desktop environment) it has many features specific to Windows Aero. At the moment there are: the scale of filling of disks and file systems in the file Manager (as in Windows 7 and newer), a preview of open taskbar applications (as in Windows 7 and newer), the name of the context menu items is very similar to their name in Windows (MATE has more differences) and much more.
There are also many useful changes to bring Windows and Linux closer together.
[Edited by Unk42, September 11]
it works very well, feels rock solid and fast. enjoy it a lot.
Beautifully simple and clean UI. Makes an easy transition from Windows.
Best linux os for those who switch from windows.
Linux Mint was my first foray into the world of Linux. I'm glad I made that choice. I'm currently writing this review on the Linux Mint partition that I dual-booted (well, it's triple-booted now with Manjaro; in the future it will change to Artix) alongside Windows. For complete noobs (even after half a year I can't say I'm an expert in using Linux by any means), Linux Mint is a good introductory distribution to go with. It's also good enough that if you wish, you can just stay there, because everything just works.
Linux Mint is different from other distributions in that it comes along with some proprietary stuff already, like Flash, to make sure the new-user experience goes by with as few hitches as possible. That's not to say that problems don't arise (I tried installing it on a really old computer and had issues with setting up the wireless connection), but I think the relative scarcity of issues would encourage a new Linux user to figure it out, compared to a scenario where, say, everything needs setting up like in Arch. That would be daunting and would probably scare the new user away back to Windows 10 or MacOS land. Another plus is that the Linux Mint community is quite helpful. If you ever need help with an issue, it's probably already been experienced by some other user who was in the same position as you, so finding an answer is usually a search away.
By the way, if you're looking for the most similar experience to Windows, then the Cinnamon desktop that Linux Mint comes with by default will probably be a good fit. Unfortunately, my experience with that wasn't so good; the DE was running kinda sluggish. MATE is much lighter on resources and works much better for my purposes.
If there's anything you should take away from this bunch of words, it is this: Linux Mint is an excellent choice for introducing new users to the world of Linux. Everything in this distribution is designed to create a paved road for a smooth user transition. If you ever step off of it to explore what else Linux can do and end up hurting yourself, you can always count on that paved road to be there, and fall back on this distribution's reliability.
Whenever people ask me about Linux, I always suggest they try Linux Mint. It's extremely user-friendly, stable and fast. It just works out of the box, without much user input. I used to recommend people use Ubuntu as their first-time distro, but after GNOME 3 (yes, I'm a hater), I have switched to defaulting to Linux Mint.
My mother (who is not computer-savvy at all) runs Linux Mint perfectly fine on a blank laptop she received, and she finds it very intuitive and user-friendly. I've also installed it for one or two co-workers' machines in order to introduce them to the basics of Linux and the command line.
Linux Mint is still my go-to Linux distro. I'm on a mission to convert as many people as possible off Windows and onto Linux, and Mint is the easiest for the transition.
[Edited by hansencomputers, December 26]
EDIT: I'd like to add this important point. The Mint forum is outstanding at getting questions answered, usually fast, and in such a way that those coming over from Windows are helped in polite and clear responses. This forum factor was what locked me in to Linux, the participants helped me overcome my issues with the OS and some programs. Can't recommend it enough.
[Edited by hansencomputers, December 26]
I keep an eye out from time to time for what else is out there, but I still end up using this for my old laptops/computers. Great for beginners. You can't go wrong with it, even if there are new OSes with more UI tricks and tips. This is solid.
Free, Fast, And very user friendly for any windows user looking to get away. Used for the last 10 years with no issues.
Userfriendly and Fancy Version of Linux on basis of Ubuntu Linux