For me, MX Linux is a great alternative to Windows. It is faster, more reliable, secure, virus resistant and readily installable on your well loved but now aging Win7+ laptop or desktop computers. It runs all the apps I need or provides a workable equivalent: Firefox or Chrome vs Edge, Libreoffice or MS Office (online) or Google Docs (online) vs MS Office, plus provides access to all the social and online media I need. It does all this for free via open source community maintained source code. Once installed, it works and feels much like the old Windows .. just faster and nicer. I now recommend it to all my clients.
"But it's not windows! " you might exclaim. Nope .. but then neither is the operating system in your phone nor ipad nor in your car, webserver, tv box or smart fridge. It don't matter, as long as it truly and easily gets the job done and the interface is easy to learn, eh. I have Window 10 on a few devices but dual boot those computers with Linux as well. Most any thing I own with an operating system before Win10 has now been upgraded to Linux and I am well pleased with the results.
Is it easy to install? I would say it requires an intermediate level of experience to create the bootable USB drive and to perform the actual install, but no more than Windows itself would require of you. To blast everything away and do a complete computer brain transplant is dead simple. Just run the install and use all the default settings. But for instance, to dual boot side by side keeping all your old photos and documents in place and accessible to both systems, you first need to make room on the hard drive to allow somewhere to install the new MX Linux system. A very useful hard disk partition program (GPARTED) is provided, but you must be careful not to delete the existing windows partition and only resize it. You must also then be able to create the new partition, select the correct linux EXT4 format and set the label to '/'. About then you will realize that it would have been a great idea to have backed up all that precious data somewhere safe in the first place, but that is sound advice for any system upgrade. Bottom line, my mom would need some hand holding to get the install done. Once installed, however, I am confident she will run the system with ease. Everything just works.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU6epLljVmo MX Linux 19: Blazing Fast 9:14
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ctJBLjOi-Q MX-19 Linux System Setup and Review 24:17
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xet0_wW2Icw MX Linux 19: The Best XFCE Distro? 27:19