[Quick Post] Should I use Linux? – http://wp.me/p8nxJ1-F
My two cents: I live in a third world country with fifty-five million people, sixty per cent of these are unemployed as there just aren’t jobs. We are fortunate, as our continent is made up of more than fifty countries, home to well over 1.2 billion souls, most of which are much poorer, even.
Paying for software? Few can afford it,so they pirate it!
There is a better way, though. Instead of Microsoft Windows or Apple’s Mac OS, there are roughly three hundred versions of the free and open source (FOSS) computer operating systems around. Furthermore, even Android is derived from the Linux kernel yet it isn’t Linux.
The world’s third largest computer operating system is Linux Mint, which comes in various flavours. I have switched to this svelte OS around 2009 and it has proven itself to be head and shoulders above any flavour (distro) of Linux, especially when the Cinnamon desktop environment is employed. It is fast, stable, dependable, reliable, predictable and light on resources.
I run my Mint Cinnamon on a 2005 Intel Celeron 1.6GHz dual-core system with 4GB RAM. It flies in all tasks except when editing large RAW image files from the Canon EOS 700D DSLR camera. I would propose an Intel i5 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge or higher if graphic design or image/video editing is your thing. Of course, a Skylake or newer quad-core i7 won’t be required yet it won’t hurt, either. While Linux Mint is very easy on system resources, give it the best hardware you can afford.
It comes bundled with all you may ever need, for FREE, so there is no need to pirate anything. There are half a million applications that can be installed so easily using Synaptic Package Manager.
It is still the most secure OS out there. No need to be online, no unwanted reporting or updates that eat into your data plan. You can even work totally off-line!