12 reasons to try Linux Mint 12

Multiple desktop options set this new release apart, but the best part for many users may well be that Unity isn't one of them.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Software, Linux, linux mint

Linux itself is well-known for its security, and Linux Mint takes a number of additional steps toward safety and reliability, including a conservative approach to software updates and a unique Update Manager. The end result is an operating system that requires very little maintenance.

11. Putty in Your Hands

Customizability is one of Linux's key strengths, and users can tailor the software's appearance, desktop, application suite, and more. After life in the proprietary world, it's a real eye-opener to be able to make your operating system your own.

12. Free--and Free

Last but certainly not least is the fact that Linux Mint is free and open source software. It's free in price, yes, but it's also free for you to use however you want. You can say goodbye to vendor lock-in once and for all.

With all the controversy we've seen surrounding Ubuntu's Unity and GNOME 3, I'm really excited to see how users react to Mint's new, hybrid approach. If you test the software out, please share your thoughts in the comments.


Originally published on PC World |  Click here to read the original story.
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