04 February 2016

Why switch to Windows 10 or a Mac when you can use Linux Mint 17.3 instead?

Linux Mint 17.3 is the best Linux desktop operating system and it might be the best PC operating system, period, for you.


By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Linux and Open Source | February 3, 2016


My buddy David Gewirtz recently wrote about the question of whether you should move from Windows 7 to Windows 10 or a Mac. I have another suggestion: Linux. Specifically Linux Mint 17.3, Rosa, with the Cinnamon desktop.

Yes, I'm serious. I use all the above desktops -- yes I'm a Windows 7 and 10 user as well as a Linux guy -- and for people I think Mint 17.3 makes a great desktop.
I've been using Mint as my main Linux desktop for years now. Unlike some desktops I could name -- cough, Windows 8, cough -- Linux Mint has never had a flop. Every year that goes by, this operating system keeps getting better. The other desktops? Not so much.
Let's take a closer look.at Windows 7 vs. Linux Mint 17.3
UI Differences
There's really not much. While it's even easier for a Windows XP user to move to Mint than a Windows 7 user, any Windows user won't have any trouble picking up Linux Mint with Cinnamon. There's a Start Menu and settings are easy to find.



03 February 2016

Microsoft as the Godfather, with an offer you can't refuse

From now on, Windows 10 will start to install automatically on your computer


MICROSOFT has stepped up its next-generation operating system to a "recommended" update for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. The 3GB installer file will now download automatically to your machine.



By AARON BROWN

As promised, Microsoft has upgraded its Windows 10 operating system from an "optional" to a "recommended" update for all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users.

The Redmond technology firm first announced the change, which rolled out across Windows Update this week, back in October.

Microsoft is getting increasingly aggressive with its plans to get users to upgrade.

Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Windows and Devices Group, posted in the company blog: "As we shared in late October on the Windows Blog, we are committed to making it easy for our Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers to upgrade to Windows 10.

"We updated the upgrade experience today to help our customers, who previously reserved their upgrade, schedule a time for their upgrade to take place"

So what does the change to an "recommended" update really mean?

Depending on your Windows Update settings, this change could cause the Windows 10 upgrade process to automatically start on your device.

Microsoft will start to download the 3GB installer to your PC with your input, so that it's ready for whenever you chose to commit to Windows 10.

This is a hefty sized file, and could cause issues with users who have a download limit attached to thier monthly broadband contract.

Fortunately, before the upgrade completely changes the operating system on your machine, you will asked to choose whether or not to continue. 

And if you do upgrade from an older version of Windows to Windows 10 – intentionally or accidentally – there is a months grace when you can rollback to your previous OS without hassle.
"If you’re already running Windows 10 – thank you!" Mr Myerson published.