Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/190217/10-alternative-pc-operating-systems-you-can-install/
Linux isn’t the only alternative PC operating system out there. Some alternative operating systems are developed by large corporations, while others are small projects worked on by hobbyists.
Linux is a fine OS that I've been using for a while. I've never felt the need to go back to Windows. Switchers from Windows will probably find Mint or PCLinux the easiest to use.
I must agree that Linux is great way to go. I've tried BeOS, FreeBSD, GhostBSD, and even Solaris (and derivatives), but Linux is by far the best and it's what is installed on both of my laptops. Mint and PCLinux are both easy to switch to, but I would also recommend Bodhi. The desktop is laid out similar to Windows XP/7, with taskbar and start button. It also runs fairly well on older hardware.
You can add Menuet OS to the list.
An OS that fits in a floppy yet provides GUI.
Check out - http://www.menuetos.net/
yeah, well it depends, I've tried to use Ubuntu several times and everytime something ends up pissing me off... especially its GUI, its GUI would make a better Windows 8 but still for desktop use its annoying and clunky as hell to use... honestly if they really wanted to get more people to switch and use that then they should make their GUI closer to a Windows style, its just so awkward to use and you can't as far as I can tell you can't run very many things without using the search and also its hard to close things because it hides the buttons then sometimes they show, sometimes they don't. Gah..
Ubuntu pretty much ruins most my impressions for Linux, but when I did try Mint it was so much nicer and not frustrating to use... but I like gaming so... Windows it is, Linux support is way better now than just a few years ago but still, only less than half of steam's games are compatible.
Linux is not meant to be "a better version of Windows". Those who use Linux believe it is better BECAUSE IT IS DIFFERENT than windows. linux did not come to be so unhappy windows users could begin to use it and find it just like windows.
A lot who use linux really could not care if more people "convert" to linux. They use it because it works for them. Of course they will gladly help someone genuinely interested in trying linux. But that does not mean they "worry" about who or how many "convert".
Pissed off at what I just wrote?? Read this.
P.S. I used "pissed off" because you said when you use ubuntu it pisses you off. Ubuntu is very successful and has not changed in spite of your acrimony. maybe you need to change or stick with windows is my suggestion. You and others like you will fail to change linux.
vgamesx1 I agree with you because I DON'T CARE if Ubuntu users care what we think Windows blows it out the window....Robert_Zanol It's ok to agree to disagree so chill dude and just enjoy your laptop...Windows or Linux or Mac or etc.
ChromeOS Lime is not offered anymore, and the Vanilla has been inactive for a year.
As for the Ubuntu comments, a GUI is a personal choice. And I don't think it should be closer to Windows. Unity changed before Windows 8 did, same with Gnome 3 and KDE4.
Think of Mac OSX interface. It is not similar at all to Windows. The GUI were designed around a goal. Goals change as use of computers change. KDE, Gnome3, Unity and Windows interface all have a more touch oriented feel now, because that is where we are gearing towards too.
I have been using Windows 8 since it was released to OEM, and I still use that same computer everyday. However because I working with OSX, and Linux daily, I am also open to new interfaces. To be totally honest, I like Windows 8 interface the best. I am an IT Manager, and a gamer. I spend a lot of time in the computer, and being able to customize the start screen is the best option. Before Windows 8, I like KDE 4 plasma the best..
There are Linux distros with more familiar interfaces to Windows, like ZorinOS, or even CentOS with Gnome2, or Linux mint with Cinnamon.
Oh I see how you are. You can unabashedly make your statements, however if someone with a differing opinion makes their statement they need to chill. You crack me up. Maybe you should be sticking to Windows.
I do not need to chill. I just expressed an opinion based on your opinion. In case you did not know whenever you post in a forum, blog, etc it is implicitly agreed to and understood that you invite anyone and everyone to comment on what you posted-whether they agree or disagree with you. If my opinion bothers you that much then look within.
like Joe said.. its ok to disagree but Windows in terms of usability is just a plain outright better user experience that still after 10+ years is kicking Linux in the arse... its only recently with distros such as Mint/SteamOS/ChromeOS that its getting a bit better and yes I said pissed off because it was so frustrating to use...(its pretty close to how I feel about using windows 8 on a desktop)
I was trying to get into it a bit by building my own CM11 rom for my phone and was having issues with the GUI left and right as stated above... where it wasn't easy to manipulate windows or launch programs that weren't already on the dock...(EDIT: also when I say hard to use I mean, I shouldn't be forced to use the search function to find the Terminal, as an example) and I know when they first changed the GNOME GUI for Ubuntu it also pissed off a lot of Linux users, which by the way, yes people do care to convert people to another OS otherwise the whole Mac vs PC wars just wouldn't exist and we wouldn't even be fighting over religion or anything else for that matter.. that's just human nature, but you seem to have misunderstood what I was referring to, I can't remember who exactly it was but I think it was the guy who made Ubuntu, said once how almost everything runs off Linux except for desktops, well its no wonder why, because its terrible to use, even as a more experienced user such as myself, it wasn't a very pleasant desktop experience, but I may get into it more with the help of SteamOS and if Mint continues to improve, who knows.
You know, Linux can look somewhat similar to Windows and still be totally different.. you wouldn't by any means compare Android to a desktop distro would you? yet they're both still Linux, only difference is one is designed for touchscreen use.
Mac vs PC...Microsoft vs Apple. Both paid for proprietary OSs. I said a lot of linux users really don't care to convert people but would gladly help someone try linux. The war between Microsoft and Apple hass to do with $$.
I started with ubuntu, Mint, Crunchbang. Now it is Arch and Manjaro, although I still have Ubuntu. I also have Windows 7 and 8. The only reason I keep windows around is most work I do on people's machines are Windows machines. For that reason I love Windows. It keeps me busy. When I install linux on someone's box I usually never hear from them again for repairs, usually just for questions on how to do things in linux.
I really don't care who uses what OS, however someone is not going to tell me to chill out because I responded to a post he/she made. If someone is so sensitive as to not being able to hear negative, differing or critical opinions one should refrain from posting altogether.
In terms of actual overall usability Windows is way behind Linux and has been for several years. Windows only seems better because there are so many more people developing software for it because that's where the money is. However, I agree you about Ubuntu. It has a terrible UI for a desktop/laptop which is why many Ubuntu users switched distros after they introduced Unity. I think that was a good thing, though, because the sudden increase in their user base was very encouraging to other developers.
Ubuntu 10.04 ftw any one?
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