Linux Mint is a Linux distribution for desktop computers. Its design focuses on prioritizing open-source software components, with exceptions for proprietary multimedia software, such as the Adobe Flash plugin. Known as one of the more user-friendly variants, Linux Mint comes with many popular free software packages such as LibreOffice, Pidgin, and GIMP, and its default web browser is Firefox.
First distributed in 2006, it has a reputation for staying up-to-date, with updates being issued every six months. If you are a new to Linux and unsure as to which variant to install, Linux Mint is a safe choice. It comes in two "flavors" — one running on the codebase of Debian Linux, and one based on Ubuntu. If you are not sure whether to choose the "Ubuntu" or "Debian" flavor, you can choose either one; the differences are minor for new users.