Here are just 10 good reasons why you might want to choose Linux and in particular
Linux Mint over Windows 8 and Windows 10.

1. Linux is free with free applications
No matter how many computers you install it on, the cost of Linux remains the same: Zero.
Within Linux Mint you get the full office suite, a great graphic editing program, audio player, video player, web browser and email client for nothing. In these days of multi-computer households, this can be a massive saving, especially when you consider the cost of all the programs you have to add to a standard Windows installation.

2. Linux Mint Is More Familiar Than Windows 8 Or Windows 10
If you are using Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 then you might be surprised to learn that Linux Mint probably provides an easier learning curve than Windows 8 or Windows 10. The start menu is exactly where you would expect it to be in Linux Mint, there are normal icons, panels and a system tray.

3. Security
Linux by its very nature is just more secure than Windows. Windows is a big target for developers of viruses and malware, because security is a feature of the core system, not a boltedon afterthought. With a firewall at the heart of the kernel and the virtual impossibility of slipping malware into the software repositories, a Linux computer can devote all its resources to running your programs, rather than being bogged down with security programs running all the time.

4. Steam for Linux
At the moment, there are 1005 games that support Linux and SteamOS on Steam. Sure, Valve’s embrace of Linux may have a wee bit to do with advancing the Steam Machine ideal—the Steam Controller, Steam Link, and Alienware Steam Machine all kick butt - but any game released for “SteamOS” works just fine on other Linux distros, too. PC World Game of the Year winners.

5. Performance
Linux Mint even with all the effects and shiny features of the Cinnamon desktop environment runs faster than Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Users are becoming less reliant on the desktop and more reliant on the web. Do you need all of your processing power taken up with the operating system or do you want something with a lighter footprint letting you get on with your work and play time.

6. Software repositories
Having all the software you need in one place saves you having to trawl the web to find the program you're missing. It also means the software has been independently checked and digitally signed by the distro's developers, making it almost impossible to pick up a root-kitted version. The same developers also keep track of updates and add them to the repository, providing you with automatic updates without every program needing a 'phone home' feature.

7. Reliability

Windows is just not as reliable as Linux. How many times have you, as a Windows user, had a program hang on you and even when you try and close it via task manager (assuming you can get it to open) it remains open and it takes a number of attempts to close the offending program. Within Linux each application is self contained and you can easily kill any application with the XKill command.

8. Multiple desktops

Have you ever watched a Windows user trying to juggle several programs and windows on screen at once, assuming they have enough resources to run several programs? Multiple desktops makes it easy to have many programs and windows open all at once, but only have to deal with the ones you are using right now.

For example, you could have your email and internet on one desktop, a game on another, and the work you're supposed to be doing on another. A flick of the mouse is all that's required to switch between them.

9. Pick a distro

And if you don't like it, pick another, and another. Most distros keep user data on a separate partition, so you can flit between distros like a hyperactive butterfly, and still keep all your settings, emails and so on intact.

10. You have an older computer
If you are using Windows XP or Vista then the chances are your computer isn't going to be powerful enough to run Windows 8 or Windows 10.You have two choices really. You can either stump up the money required to buy a computer running Windows 10 or you can opt for Linux Mint. There are many different versions of Linux Mint and if you go for the version with the lightweight desktop environments such as XFCE or MATE then your machine will live on.

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