BSIT200 - Week 5 Posting - Windows 10 vs 11

I've been hearing a lot lately about Microsoft Windows 10 versus Microsoft Windows 11. Windows 10 will reach end of support on October 14, 2025. The current version, 22H2, will be the final version of Windows 10, and all editions will remain in support with monthly security update releases through that date. So should be upgrade now, wait until the bitter end, or just give up and install Linux?

Well, the upgrade to Windows 11 is free, but only Windows 10 PCs that are running the most current version of Windows 10 and meet the minimum hardware specifications will be able to upgrade. Hopefully, your motherboard already has a TPM 2.0 chip on it. Otherwise the Windows 11 upgrade will reject your hardware. This means either you're buying a new motherboard for your desktop, or buying a new laptop. At this point, it seems like an American tradition, since it seems like every new version of Windows ends up requiring a hardware upgrade of some kind.

Should we even consider installing Linux on a Laptop? Actually, yes. These days Linux does quite well on a laptop. My favorite distribution for this is Linux Mint, which is based on (and compatible with) Ubuntu Linux. More and more hardware manufactures are making their laptops compatible with Linux, and some laptops can now be purchased with Linux pre-installed! If you don't use your laptop for playing all the latest games, you can get mostly free open-source software to do just about everything else a Windows Laptop can do.

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