Linux Mint is a free Linux-based operating system designed for use on desktop computers, which I am currently using and am finding easy to use and reliable. Of course not all Windows programmes will work on it, but there are alternatives available. Linux Mint is designed to be comfortable and easy to use but also powerful and configurable. Everything is done to make the user experience better.
Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people.
Linux Mint provides Long-Term Support (LTS) releases which are supported for a duration of 5 years.
Proprietary drivers such as the ATI or nVidia drivers are easy to install but not installed by default.
The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.
Some of the reasons for the success of Linux Mint are:
It works out of the box, with full multimedia support and is extremely easy to use.
It's both free of cost and open source.
It's community-driven. Users are encouraged to send feedback to the project so that their ideas can be used to improve Linux Mint.
Based on Debian and Ubuntu, it provides about 30,000 packages and one of the best software managers.
It's safe and reliable. Thanks to a conservative approach to software updates, a unique Update Manager and the robustness of its Linux architecture, Linux Mint requires very little maintenance (no regressions, no antivirus, no anti-spyware...etc).