Breaking Free From Windows Apr26

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Breaking Free From Windows

**Updated Below**

I don’t know about you guys but I am a HUGE fan of CHOICE. That’s why jellybeans, to me, are the perfect food. All those choices, so little room in my mouth. (SHUTUP)

For a while now, I’ve been extolling the virtues of the Linux Operating System. If you’ve missed it or not been paying attention, here are just a few reasons:

Linux is Open Source. That means that it not only is FREE but it can also be modified to fit your wants or needs, as YOU see fit. (If you speak Code, that is.)

There are over 500 different versions of Linux to choose from. (See? Choice.)

Viruses are virtually a thing of the past. Not that it’s impossible, just improbable.

Much faster boot time.

With Linux, your computer’s processor isn’t taxed as much because Linux doesn’t require as many processes to be running at one time as does Windows.

Very seldom does my computer lock up on me because it has to “Think”.

Linux recognizes new hardware automatically (ALMOST all the time) without the need to download a “Driver”. There are times when that may be necessary but they are few and far between, I assure you.

If my hard drive goes belly up and I need to replace it, I’m not burdened by a lengthy re-installation process.

Believe me when I say there are many, many more reasons I could enumerate and I will if directly asked, the above reasons were enough for me to say “SOLD!!! Sign me up!”

If you’re interested and want to see what I’m talking about, here’s what ya gotta do:

Format a USB Thumb Drive (Windows 7 – 10)

Plug in your thumb drive to a USB port.
Open your Windows File Explorer and right click on your thumb drive. Click on “Format”.
Under “File System”, click NTFS, then “Start”.

Download Your Favorite Linux

Go to www.distrowatch.com and look around at all the different versions of Linux you can choose. Personally, I am a huge fan of LinuxMint. You can download it here by clicking on one of the mirror sites. If you are using a computer with Windows 7 or higher, choose the 64-bit installation. That pretty much applies to any version of Linux you choose.

Making a Bootable USB

If you don’t already have it on your computer, download and install Win32 Disk Imager. It’s free and the source I’ve provided won’t give you any bugs…Even if it does, you’re about to have an Operating System that all but eliminates the possibility of that ever happening again.
Anyhow…
Once installed, open and
Click on the “Folder” icon located towards the upper right-hand corner.
Locate your previously downloaded version of Linux. (More than likely it is in the “Downloads” Folder.
Click “Open”.
Click “Write”.

Booting To Linux For The First Time

Okay, now things get fun. If you don’t know for sure whether or not your computer will boot to your USB drive automatically, do the following:
As soon as your computer fires up, start clicking F12 on your keyboard.
Select the USB Thumbdrive.
Voila
If you’re given a choice of “Try *insert chosen version of Linux*” or “Install *insert chosen version of Linux*”, I highly recommend trying without installing.
Have a look around. The neat thing about the Linux on your thumbdrive is that it is a fully functioning operating system. The only thing is that you can’t save anything you download or any files you may want to create. To do that, you have to do a full install onto your computer’s hard drive.
If/when you’re sure about wanting to be done with Windows, by all means click on the Install Icon and follow the directions. When you get to the part that gives you a choice about how you want to install it, click the one that says it will ERASE everything and leave only Linux on your hard drive.
However, if you wish to install Linux alongside your Windows and just choose which to use upon bootup, there are appropriate instructions provided upon clicking on your selection.
There are TONS of resources on how you can do the things I have not so eloquently I have enumerated. I’ll leave you with one of my favorites…It says it is for Ubuntu Linux, but that’s okay…It’ll get ya there.

Good luck…If you get stuck or have any questions, leave a comment below and I promise I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible.

**Update

A couple of things occurred to me after publication. So, let me take this time to add them here.

I feel it important to note that while not all Windows software will work on Linux, it has been my experience that those instances are few and far between. I use several programs daily that you would call “Windows only software”. It may take a little reading but I have found that you can do anything with Linux that you can do with Windows.

This leads me to my next point…Linux is NOT for the lazy. Some things take a little time and elbow grease but if you want to do them badly enough or they are a necessity to your work, where there’s a will, there’s a way. I will say this, though: If you only use your computer for email and surfing the internet or maybe using things word processors and spreadsheets, Linux will not only do it better, it’ll do it faster.

Also, Linux will help your computer to live longer. We live in an age where a computer’s life expectancy is three to five years, if you’re lucky. New technology is coming out at a tremendously rapid rate and Windows 10 is updating constantly to keep up with the pace. In doing so, it is not only taking up more of your computer’s memory but it is taxing the processor more and more. That leads to the computer’s processor to heating up. Heat is the enemy of electronics. The bare minimum for processes is vastly different between Linux and Windows. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s not even close. What I’m saying here is this: Use Linux and you probably won’t have to buy a new computer so soon.

Lastly, Linux makes using a computer a LOT more fun. With all the different distributions to choose from, you can literally have a computer operating system tailored to fit whatever your computing needs may be. Need one specifically for business administration? No problem. Need one built around audio or video creation/editing? Absolutely. Linux even has distributions for the blind or visually impaired. These things were supposed to make our lives easier, not harder. It doesn’t make sense to keep coming back to something that’s only going to anger and frustrate you. Making this switch is one of the few life decisions I’ve made that I don’t regret. I’ve always believed in the ethos “Work smarter, not harder.” Smarter, thy name is Linux.

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