As you probably already know, the time of Microsoft Windows 7 came to an end yesterday (14/01/2020). The lack of subsequent updates does not mean switching to a newer system for everyone, because some people prefer to stay with it, which we do not recommend for security reasons. So what should a person who tries to protect himself from Windows 10 with his hands and feet do? There are 2 ways out – Switch to Windows 8.1. I don’t think anyone will like this idea, because the layout of tiles instead of the start menu initiated by 8 and 8.1 and the not very fortunate adaptation of the system to touch screens is something that some people wanted to avoid in Windows 10, which has been improved in these respects. What about the other way out? Maybe it’s worth trying something new? Something completely free, usable and pleasing to the eye? Below you will find a list of some of the most interesting Linux distributions that may appeal to new users leaving Windows:
Zorin is an eye-pleasing system that uses the GNOME desktop environment, and looks like Windows 7. We find on it such programs as: Mozilla Firefox, Libre Office, GIMP, Rhythmbox. In the system we will find an application store, the type of installation packages is DEB. The appearance of the interface can be customized with light/dark themes with several selected theme colors. The system supports Direct3D, DirectX 10 and 11, and also supports Wine, which allows you to run programs written for Windows. Zorin OS Ultimate is available for €39, there is also a slightly different Core version and a Lite version with the Xfce environment, which will work for old and weak computers. The last two editions are free.
Mint is a well-known and liked Linux distribution, it is based on Ubuntu and Debian depending on the version. The system is available in three graphic environments: Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce. Windows 7 users will be fine here. By default, the programs installed are: Mozilla Firefox, Drawing, Pix, Rhythmbox or Celluloid. On board we have a rich application store and update manager. Mint uses DEB installation packages. The system is available for free download from the manufacturer’s website.
Kubuntu is a derivative of Ubuntu, the main difference is that it uses KDE, unlike Ubuntu which has GNOME. The system is simple and elegant, should appeal to people migrating from Windows. The programs that we have to start are, for example: Mozilla Firefox, Dolphin File Manager, Libre Office, Kontact. An app store called Discover and an update manager are also in place. The installation packages we can use are DEB.
Manjaro is an interesting distro that may appeal to beginners. The system is available in 3 graphic environments: Xfce, GNOME and KDE. You can also download the Manjaro Architect version, which allows you to install any environment via the command line. Manjaro is based on the Arch Linux distribution, but has its own software repository. The pkg.tar.xz installation packages are used here. Manjaro’s premise is user-friendliness, thus maintaining basic compatibility with Arch Linux.