In part 1 of this article, I looked at three popular Linux- based distributions that could make a great replacement for your Windows-based operating system.   In part 2, I’ll look at the very popular Linux Mint and the sometimes astonishing Zorin.

4. Linux Mint

One of my favorites, Linux Mint has come to version 16, codename Petra. Despite its richness in features and visual effects, it runs smoothly and gives the user a tremendous experience. The latest LTS (Long Term Release) version is 13, codename Maya. It can be downloaded for both 32 and 64 bit architecture, I’d suggest opting for Cinnamon, KDE, MATE or XFCE as your desktop environment. While XFCE is the most lightweight environment, MATE has the most serious “face”.


 Requirements: 700 MHz processor, 384 MB of RAM for XFCE desktop environment, 512 for Cinnamon and MATE, 1GB for KDE, 800×600 resolution monitor for all of them except KDE, which requires a resolution of 1024×768.

5. Zorin OS

 It’s quite an astonishing distribution, which aims to help the Linux beginners to make the transition from Windows easier. It even has an exclusive software, called Look Changer, which tries to give the users the touch of different Windows versions, like XP or 7.

 Another interesting thing is the ring windows switcher and the desktop cube, which allows you to actually arrange the opened windows in a cube.



The developer claims that ZorinOS moves much faster than Windows 7, providing at the same time a deeper functionality. Also, you may choose between two versions: the desktop version, the most resource hungry, and the lite version, a lightweight LXDE based one, suitable for older computers and laptops. I believe it would be worth a try.

 Requirements: for desktop version – 1GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, a graphic card capable of 640×480 resolution; for the LXDE version – 266 MHz processor, 128 MB of RAM, the same specs for the graphic card.