I’m no different when it comes to my OS. ( Operating System in computer lingo ).
I have never been a big fan of windows, mainly because of the cost of software and the problem with viruses and malware. Windows is the most popular playtime for hackers due to the incredibly large number of windows users. One potent virus unleashed upon windows users causes the most damage. And the hackers know this.
So many years ago I changed to Mac OSX. And with good reason. The Mac operating system is clean, well designed, and not prone to the volume of viruses and malware that plagues windows. And I’ve been very happy with my Mac for many years. However, I am not a big fan of the new Yosemite version of OSX, so I decided to take another look at Linux.
Many years ago I dabbled in Linux and learned a lot about it in the process. But at that time Linux was really not as user-friendly and took a fair bit of work to get a complete system working. I did get it working for the most part but tired of the complexity and stuck with my Mac. As they say, Mac just works!
But as I mentioned, I took another look at Linux.
My how things have changed!
Linux is now available in many different flavors called “distributions”. Basically a distribution is Linux wrapped in a different interface with different cosmetics. The underlying system is extremely similar in most cases. So picking a distribution is really a matter of taste, and seeing how each of them meets your needs.
I have tried all of the most popular distributions, looking for the one that met all my needs.
Not to complicate matters, but actually Linux distributions fall in a few different categories based upon the underlying mechanics of the system. The most popular systems are Ubuntu and Debian. There a few others such as Arch Linux and Red hat, but we’ll stick with the top two for this discussion.
Ubuntu is the most popular by far, and includes Ubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu and Kubuntu. The variations revolve around the desktop interface, or basically, how it “Looks and Feels”.
The other is Debian, which on its own is more complex and less user-friendly. And actually Ubuntu uses Debian for its built-in software management and CLI or Command Line Interface. The combination of Debian’s efficiency and Ubuntu’s ease of use provides for a wonderful operating system for the masses.
Among the “flavors” of Linux using that Ubuntu/Debian combination is Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu and Xubuntu.
Added to that you have Linux Mint which is among my favorites. Linux Mint is also a combination of Ubuntu and Debian for the underlying system. It has different desktop interfaces that provide for a few different looks and feels. My favorites are Cinnamon and Mate and Xfce. They also have a purely Debian version.
So I have remained in the Ubuntu and Mint camp trying several of the many flavors that each provides, and they are all great in their own way. Again, it all depends on what looks and feels best to you.
They are also easy to install which make them easy to switch to for the average user.
So, based upon my lengthy and comprehensive search for my perfect Linux Distro, I have to say the winner is:
Linux Lite 2.4
Believe me, it is anything but lite.
Linux Lite uses the Xfce interface. Classy and efficient.
They start with a very smooth interface, add in comprehensive hardware support which I might add is configured out of the box, and then they give you an easy way to add other software that you might find essential to your daily computing experience.
The install involves:
1. Download the image file.
2. Burn the image file to a CD, DVD or USB stick as install media.
3. Reboot your computer with the install media.
4. Follow the installation steps.
5. Reboot to your shiny new Linux Lite.
6. Configure Linux Lite as you like.
7. Enjoy your new operating system!
I followed the instructions on their website, and after a few clicks of the mouse, the install was in progress. My graphics card was configured, my wi-fi was configured, and my printer driver was easily installed after paying a visit to my printer manufacturers website to download the driver. If you have any trouble at all with the install, help is just a click away on their Linux Lite website forum.
Linux is not plagued by malware and viruses as is windows and to a lesser degree mac.
No virus protection is needed. No defragging is needed. Much less muss and fuss in your daily life.
You can access all of your social media sites easily, and you have a wide choice of browsers to pick from including Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.
Email is handled easily through Mozilla Thunderbird or Evolution which is similar to Outlook.
You can also access your Gmail account through your browser, which is what I do.
There are several digital photo management options, video editing options, Skype, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, you name it. They are all are covered.
Pretty much anything you can do in windows you can find an equivalent program in Linux. And best of all most software is free and your operating system and software are all updated easily through your interface.
I am including several screenshots to show the various aspects of the desktop.
If you feel you’d like to try Linux, by all means visit their website. I am including a convenient link for you to do that.
If you have any questions related to the install, please leave a comment here and I will respond.
Linux Lite also has a great User Forum where you can ask any and all related questions and you will get prompt answers I assure you.
Linux has come a long way. Linux Lite! You really should check it out!
Their web address is: