Ever since the release of Microsoft Windows from November 10th 1983, Windows has developed itself from merely a DOS based GUI to a full-fledged operating system and has a dominates more than 90 percent of personal computers available globally. From its grand success of Windows XP to Windows 10, Windows underwent a lot of changes, from good to bad. Window’s latest decision to force its Windows 10 update to every computer divided the user community into two parts.
One rejoicing the free Windows upgrade and the other half pissed over the fact of how Windows now uses every computer as their lab rats pushing unstable updates to computers hence putting computers at risk. This indeed provides a just reason to break off from the tyranny of Windows and move on. Here are top 5 alternatives for Windows OS that would not make you regret your decision.
1. Macintosh OS
MacOS, as it is known to most of the people, is an operating system belonging to the Apple Inc. True that you don’t get cheap Apple computers, but the operating system provides a thousand times more stable, secure and simple environment than Windows users can ever imagine. Programmed in Basic scripts such as C, C ++, Objective-C and Swift the users of Mac have barely ever logged a complain of the operating system lagging or getting slow.
Though having a less support of games than Windows Mac surely does one thing better than windows in most context “promising quality”, which makes it a suitable alternative for windows. Macs, unlike windows updates, have never been reported to have a major security bugs. Steve Jobs be it its iPhones or Macs ensures quality in their products. If a hacker attacks Macs with the same ferocity with which they have targeted windows the fact is undisputed that Macs having no installed security from the user’s side would be breached than a Windows user protecting its system obsessively.
Well, the world saw a live example with the FBI pleading Apple.inc to hack through an iPhone, didn’t it?
The world was introduced to Ubuntu about 12 years ago, released on 20 October 2004 the operating system promises to provide entry level experience to Linux. The operating system has grown to be the first choice for many different communities including colleges, hospitals and various military organisations. The top reason for it being the price factor. It’s free and the most loved operating system after Windows. The word Ubuntu when translated into English translates to “humanity towards others”, or in philosophical terms interpret to “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity”.
The OS abides by its meaning, and every version release is open source and free to use. What that means is that the users can download a free copy of the operating system along with the source and program the system to do things as per their will. An operating system that is secure as Mac, fluid as Mac and free too, that’s Linux’s Ubuntu. The only problem with it being gaming. Due to less outreach and diverse Linux environment, there are not many games you can find for a Linux PC.
Linux is a programmer’s and business man’s environment. If you are in that culture like the NASA which in 2013 released a statement that it would be switching majority of their servers and clients from Windows to Linux for improved reliability, and you’re not much familiar with a Linux environment than Ubuntu is what you’re looking for.
3. Linux Mint
Beauty combined with power. Linux Mint is built on top of Ubuntu and uses the same repositories as Ubuntu does. The only difference in these two OS being that Mint prioritizes more on elegance and user friendliness while Ubuntu provides an entry level Linux experience to both. Working on similar ethics Mint is free and has all properties inherited just having a little more software out of the box. If you’re somewhere stuck between the UI of Windows and features of Linux, then mint is just the right OS for you.
Linux Mint is light and fast compared to Ubuntu and possibly the best alternative for Windows or Ubuntu in low configuration machines. The operating system is also known to provide better performance at servers along with better performance for Steam games. There is no lag or system hangs in Linux as in Windows, and it provides the Windows fan boy’s dream environment: an environment without a virus. Unlike windows, you need not install firewalls or virus protection on your computer to help you prevent malware through drives. Linux gets it all done for you.
4. Kali Linux
At some point of time watching all the Sci-Fi hacking movies many people must have pondered upon being a hacker, many must have tried too but lacked software and tools to start up. In that case, the Kali Linux, known earlier as backtrack is what you have been looking for the rest of your life. This Linux distribution is made for those hackers and IT professional communities. The user gets thousands of tools to exploit security loop holes for many major websites out of the box.
The user has an option to live boot the operating system which allows you to use the operating system without installing it. This is one feature which mac and windows do not offer. The Kali Linux is a special purpose system and not made for general use. It doesn’t mean that you can’t use a Kali machine for general purposes but it’s just that you must install the packages on your accord, because at the end of the day all the Linux OS are the same, it’s just that Kali has been given special powers that make it a better digital forensic and penetration testing tool.
5. Chrome OS
Chrome OS means several different things, but they all central around one principal component- Google’s Chrome framework. Though Google Chrome is just a download away in any PC be it a Mac, Windows or Linux Google took efforts to build up an environment just for the 24*7 internet users. The Chrome OS is based on Linux platform, but unlike Linux, it is not available on all the machines. Google in partnership with major tech giants like HP and Acer built up a reasonable range of laptops that they call “CHROMEBOOK”.
The Chrome OS lacks essential features that a standard PC provides and only supports features what Google Chrome Apps can. This means that you also have access to Android apps (not available in all) and can run them directly on your laptop. The Chrome OS is programmed for hardcore internet lovers whose primary motive is to explore the web all day. So, the removal of the other features means a high performance, and since it’s a Google product, the user gets all the latest and the best possible updates along with all tech supports. While it isn’t the best solution for everyday task, but you’ll find it all rounded for the work it is primarily designed for.