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Forget Windows – get a free Mint

If you don’t want the hassle of Windows licensing, wondering what the next update will bring (or break) – then look no further than Linux Mint. Even better it’s free, predictably straightforward and doesn’t need a cutting edge spec system to perform well.

Mint’s user interface is not too dissimilar from the familiar Windows 7 look and feel.

Linux Mint - Cinnamon edition

Linux Mint – Cinnamon edition

Linux Mint - desktop widgets

Linux Mint – desktop widgets

The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.

Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people.

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.
  • Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software managers.
  • 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).

For more information, go to the Linux Mint site –

You can try it out by downloading and making a bootable CD – or installing on a separate partition on your Windows PC.

The downloads are here:  and a pdf user guide here:

If you want help trying it out and getting started – just contact me.