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How to move from Windows to Linux as easily as possible

Posted 11-10-2019 at 11:31 AM by beachboy2
Updated 11-21-2019 at 06:59 AM by beachboy2 (Adding link to Land of Linux)

Originally Posted by ChuangTzu View Post
we don't need to know how to rebuild an engine in order to drive, that comes later if there's interest.
I am a big fan of the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid) and I agree with LQ member ChuangTzu. Those new to Linux will gain confidence simply by using it and then gradually accumulating further knowledge as time goes by.

I am not suggesting that Linux Mint, featured here, is the most suitable Linux distribution (distro) for all users and for all computer hardware.

What I am suggesting is that the excellent “Explaining Computers” Linux Mint 19 video tutorial will provide a valuable insight for those Windows users who wish to move to Linux. It is a model of clarity presented by a natural communicator:

“Explaining Computers” video-Linux Mint 19

The first 6 minutes deals with the very important installation process.

For a Linux novice it is essential that the distro’s installer is user-friendly and that the installation process goes as smoothly as possible, thus increasing the user’s confidence at a critical stage.
Linux Mint, plus Zorin OS and the several Ubuntu varieties etc, all score highly with their straightforward, well-designed installers.

The rest of the video explains Linux Mint’s features, updates, TimeShift, default programs, adding programs etc.

LQ member Mill J has done an excellent piece on how to choose a Linux distribution and it is essential reading for those new to Linux:

Beginner-friendly Distros:

Lightweight Linux distros for older computers:

This is yet another excellent video tutorial from “Explaining Computers” featuring Zorin OS 15 Core :

Do not pay €39 for the Zorin OS 15 Ultimate version.
Please note that Zorin OS has several useful boot options including one for nvidia graphics drivers, which makes life easier for those with nvidia graphics cards.

Zorin OS 15 is based on Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS and can be downloaded (scroll down for the free Core version) at:

“Explaining Computers”-Seven Linux distros compared:

Land of Linux is prime source of free Linux guides and tutorials for all things Linux:

Learn the Ways of Linux
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