Linux distros are still considered by many as only for nerds. They are not operating systems for musicians, artists, photographers, and creators in related fields.
The major reason for this is that leading software designed for creators, such as Adobe’s products and Avid Pro Tools, only works on Mac and Windows. This gives the impression that Linux distros have been relegated to the operating system for programmers and network specialists.
This belief is false, however.
Software titles, like the ones listed above, are expensive, and they are not flexible. Users can only install each title on one or two computers after purchasing a license from the developers.
There are many alternatives to these titles that are open-source. They can typically be downloaded and installed for no charge, and they can be installed on as many computers as the person downloading them desires. For most of them a subscription is not required.
The open-source software is typically not as powerful and feature-rich as the leading software applications. However, these titles are usually better than the free or inexpensive software that can be acquired through the Windows 10 store or the Mac OS X store.
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The store is open for business and all the products are free. It’s free beer day. Now that 100s of flavors are on tap, the biggest problem is which do you choose.
Most marketplaces don’t present consumers with this problem, but this is the key problem in the desktop Linux marketplace. While those new to desktop Linux typically like the number of choices, this aspect of Linux can be overwhelming. Ubuntu, elementary OS, Linux Mint, Zorin, Fedora, pop_os!, Manjaro, and LXLE are just a few of the choices of operating systems based on the Linux kernel that are easy to use and easy to install on most laptops and desktops that ship with Windows pre-installed.
Many new users are interested in replacing Windows with a Linux operating system, also called a distro. Another reason these new users want to try a distro is that there is great hardware on the market that isn’t made by the major manufacturers, like HP and Dell. Some of the smaller manufacturers make high-end computers that cost several thousand dollars, but there are a few that specialize in ARM-based computers that cost well under $300.
The inexpensive laptops and many computers are capable of performing basic tasks like editing spreadsheets, surfing the Web, and communicating through e-mail. Users can even do some gaming, programming, and light video editing on them.
There is one operating system mentioned in paragraph two, that is easy to install and use on laptops and desktops that were originally designed for Windows, several ARM-based computers on the market, and comes pre-installed on several computers designed by small manufacturers.
It is Manjaro.
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