Linux®, like other operating systems, has different versions available, including Linux Mint. Linux Mint is a version of Linux® that strives to become easy to use for the average person. Unlike other Linux® releases, such as Ubuntu, Debian or Fedora, Linux Mint has no set release dates for updated versions, but instead pushes quality over timely releases. Because updates are primarily overseen by users of the system, there are several different releases of Linux Mint, featuring several different software suites.
The world of personal computers is wide and varied, but many casual users are familiar only with the operating system that arrives already installed on their machines. Many people who purchase a personal computer are apt to use only that operating system, which is the collection of software that runs the computer's systems. Increasingly, consumers are becoming aware of other options that are available to run their computers, like the Linux® operating system. Linux® is a free, or open source, user-driven operating system that works on nearly all personal computers.
Linux Mint has releases that work on newer processors. In the past, most personal computers ran on 32 bit processors; however, as hardware technology grows, software must change to keep up with it. Many popular operating systems are 64 bit and provide a more intense and graphic interface than previous 32 bit operating systems. Linux Mint is also compatible with another Linux® release, Ubuntu®. This allows the operating systems to share components such as software and system files.
Unlike other open source software and operating systems, the distributors of Linux Mint charge money to mail you a disk containing the operating system. Previous Linux® releases were mailed to users on a CD, free of charge. Linux Mint is still available to download for free, but many users many not opt for this as it is tedious and time-consuming. Cost varies depending on how new the release is and how many discs are ordered. The discs can be found on the official website.