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First of all, you don’t have to install Linux at all to try it.
Unlike Windows, most Linux distributions offer a so-called live system, which is intended for this purpose.And, if necessary. it can also be used for installation.
A live system is more or less a complete and running operating system that comes with different programs for everyday use depending on the distribution.
A live system is not the same as an installed operating system.It cannot be upgraded and in the basic equipment you cannot store data and settings permanently. It is also slower than an installed system from a USB stick. But it shows what Linux can do and it’s enough to test. For example, to watch a few pages on the Internet, test videos, Office documents, etc.
I strongly advise against choosing the distribution primarily based on popularity and optics.Especially very well-known options like Linux Mint look very similar to Windows. However, these do not offer any significant advantages and are not easier to use. Mint even has some strong drawbacks over other options. Ubuntu is a little better, but has had several problems for some time and sends user data to the manufacturer. The problems are of course also present in many of the offshoots (such as Mint).
The reasons why there are so many distributions are mainly for use and taste.The purpose of the application is to take priority. An operating system is not a decorative piece that you show during a tour of the house.
On the contrary.Unlike Windows, Linux offers several different graphical interfaces for different tastes. However, these are rarely limited to just one distribution, and mainstream distributions in particular typically offer the ability to choose between the most important graphical interfaces.
Currently the most recommended Linux distribution (for desktop) is Arch Linux.
Arch Linux has many advantages.However, many beginners usually shy away from it because it does not come with the usual conveniences such as Live System, graphical installation program, etc. Comes. The operating system is built almost by hand from scratch. This is also one of the massive strengths of Linux. However, this is typically done by more advanced users.
Basically, it is also possible for beginners with serious interest to install Arch Linux.However, most beginners will choose a more entry-level option.
Fortunately, due to the deeper insights with Arch Linux, there are more and more distributions derived from Arch Linux.These are more beginner-happy and recommended for beginners.
One example is Manjaro, which provides a redesigned classic desktop environment and a good range of programs for daily agendas.
Manjaro divides opinions a little.It is generally well rated and my tests have shown that it is powerful, reliable, stable and user-friendly and comes with a good range of programs for everyday use. However, some users have problems right from the start. Others are absolutely satisfied with it. In any case, it is worth a try. If it goes well, it’s a very good solution.
A probably younger and less mature solution is likely to be Salient OS, which is more like the visually popular graphical interface of Elementary OS.However, without the corresponding disadvantages. The interface goes a little towards MacOS instead of Windows. In addition, Salient OS is more aimed at players, according to the statement.
Basically, the quick start looks like this:
- Click here: Download Manjaro Mate
- Click here: Download Universal USB Installer
- insert a USB stick with at least 4GB of storage space
- Open Universal USB Installer
- Click “Browse”
- Manjaro Mate select
- In “Step 3” select the USB stick (pay attention to the memory size).
Also set the hook at “format”. Attention: former existing data will be deleted!
Restart your computer
There is no standard key for this. Therefore, it varies depending on the manufacturer and the device. In case of emergency, the device or Mainboard googling. Typical keys include F8, F9, F12, ESC.
If a cable network is connected with Internet access, it is likely that there is already an Internet connection at the site.
In the case of wLAN, just search for the network icon.Just let us guide you from the experience so far. Then it should soon become clear how easy it is to get started.
Just play around a little bit.Surfing the Internet. Explore the menu. Find and open files.
The live system is usually slower than an installed system.But typically, the live system is already faster than Windows. So the benefits of Linux are likely to become clear pretty soon.
Here is the download page for Manjaro, where there are other options:
The options are now right at the top of the page.Maybe, for example, take a look at the “Community” area. Less suitable for beginners are keyboard-controlled options such as Awesome or I3. Otherwise just try a little. For example, XFCE, Openbox,…
As I said, the installation is usually possible from the live system.Simply find the installer, start it and follow the instructions.