For those of you who didn't already know, I'm a big Linux supporter. I've been running a Linux only PC for about 3 years and I continue to say that I will never go back to Windows. I've written several blog posts that outline the above info and this one will be no different.
Before I get to the big subject here I would like to bring something to the attention of the Windows users out there. I wrote a post comparing Linux Mint and Windows 7 in December 2009 and a similar post comparing Linux Mint 9 to Windows 7 in July 2010. Notice that Mint 9 was still brand new last July and now Mint 9 & 10 have been replaced by Mint 11. That's two fresh operating system versions, about a year apart! Sure Windows 7 has had a pile of security updates and various changes, but there have been no significant code improvements for interface, performance or ease of use. I would think that since you paid good money for your copy of Windows 7 (hah, you did pay for it didn't you?) that Microsoft would provide high quality updates, or perhaps they plan to give them to you when you purchase Windows 8?
Anyway, my favorite distribution, Linux Mint released version 11 to the public a couple of weeks ago. This is always big news for me as I am required (by my own pure curiosity) to upgrade so that I can try the new features. I mean, other than the hassle of possibly having to copy all of my personal data to a fresh operating system, why wouldn't I want to upgrade? After all, there is nothing better for your computer than a free operating system, especially when it comes with free updates and upgrades.
If your still wondering what this Linux mumbo jumbo is, and you've read this far, I congratulate you and suggest you read this post. Linux could be good for you if you're still running an older version of Windows like 98, ME, 2000, XP or Vista as when properly updated, Linux is very current and will ensure that you are "in the now." There is nothing wrong with switching to Linux from Windows 7, but that's a more difficult choice as you have already paid for it and it is still a very popular operating system. If you want to try out Linux Mint without ruining your current setup, you can always make yourself a Linux Mint Live CD or DVD and boot it right up without any installing at all. If you decide you hate it, you can replace windows, or have them run independently from each other (aka "dual booting"). For more information take a look at the official Linux Mint website. If you have any questions or aren't sure what version to get, feel free to email or comment below for a quick reply.