Question Linux OS for a new user

May 28, 2019
Hello users,

This question may be offtopic here, but i need your kind suggestions. I am now going to reinstall an operating system in my computer.
I had Windows 10 earlier. Now I am thinking to use Linux. I have not used it before so I have a few doubts.

Will it be difficult to use and understand Linux?
Will Linux be faster than Winodows 10?

Talking about "Faster" - do you plan to game? If so - carefully check whether your games have Linux versions.

And before trashing your Windows installation - make sure you have backed up your important data. If you can afford another drive for Linux, even better.


Jun 13, 2015
It all depends on what you do. There are many different distros out there, but for new Linux users, I highly recommend Linux Mint. Mint has a very similar look to Windows, so someone migrating over to Linux won't be bombarded with confusion. I've used it for a while, and never had any major issues.

As for speed, it all depends. Sometimes Windows is better than Linux, while sometimes Linux is better than Windows. It all depends on what you do. This is why I always use both.


Jan 15, 2005
I'm a fan of dipping your toes in using virtual machines. You can easily try them out, if you don't like it, delete the VM and create another. I use VirtualBox personally. Being "easy" is up to the user. My goto is Kubuntu (used to be Mint KDE until Mint dropped KDE). We use it in our house, my folks use it, my kids use it. In reality, nobody really notices anymore. Occasionally my parents will call me with questions, not any more than the did with Windows.

There will be a learning curve, especially around understanding how programs are installed, what equivalent programs are available for Linux, etc. You can figure it all out in a VM, the only sacrifice is disk space.


Jan 1, 2014
Depending on your specs of your computer what Linux distro to use will be on how much ram you system has. unlike windows Ubuntu has many GUI <-- meaning "graphical user interface" Linux Mint uses Cinnamon or Mate GUI which look like windows GUI. I think you can start here by reading the links below. its not hard to learn its a different way than windows operates. If you have at least 4GB or mare ram than you need not worry about ram.

Link GUI info

How software is installed

Installing software
Aug 1, 2019
Everything depends from the Distribution. There are lightweight distros, there are gaming distros, cyber security distros etc... I would suggest Zorin OS to a new comer (the free version). Since It's ubuntu based but it got a windows-like interface by default. Mint got a similar interface, but in this period I would not suggest mint. If you feel like, wanting to try something totally different from windows tho, you could try Ubuntu or Fedora. About the usability, ubuntu is more Noob Friendly than Fedora, but you can easily learn how to use the terminal and the system in general, it may sound hard that you have to "write things" to install a program, but It's not, in fact It's easier than windows. You don't need to go on strange websites to download software, you can just open a terminal and type a command (for example, on Ubuntu is
apt install software-name). when you got more expert, you could even move from Ubuntu to Debian (Ubuntu is based on Debian). Linux welcomes everyone that is willing to learn.
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michael diemer

Feb 2, 2013
I think Zorin 15 may be the most Windows-like at this point. The start menu is a thing of beauty, very easy to navigate. While I often suggest Mint as a first go at Linux, I've seen some things that suggest it may not be as problem-free as in the past.

I agree with the poster who said it's a good idea to try several out, using a live DVD or USB drive. that way you can get a feel for the layout, as well as how it works on your system Keep in mind a live version will be a bit slower, DVD especially so, USB is much better. You can then install it right from the live version.

You will need to do a lot of research on how to install it. You can ask for help as needed here, I'm sure you will get what you need. Also study the installation instructions from the home page of the Linux distro you are installing, as well as any tutorials on their forums.

Good luck!
Simple answers to your questions:
Will it be difficult to use and understand Linux?
Will Linux be faster than Winodows 10?
Probably not.

Linux can behave a lot like Windows, though some things are less user-friendly or simply behave quite differently. Also, you are more likely to run into compatibility issues with hardware and software, and some software won't run properly on Linux, even when using workarounds to enable support for programs that were not intended to run on the operating system.

As for performance, if you are running it on old hardware, then some distros have lighter system requirements than Windows 10. If you have relatively modern hardware though, don't expect software and games to run better. If anything, they will be more likely to run worse if you are using a compatibility layer to get certain Windows-only software to function.

It could be worth experimenting with, but you might want to test out a version running from a CD or in a virtual machine before committing to replacing Windows with it.