Apart from Window OS, there are several OS available in the market. Majority of alternatives are developed by large multinationals while the rest are the brainchild of hobbyists. Window OS is not the best in the market, however, it is most widely distributed. Its behaviour is inconsistent. Moreover, the interface changes with every new version. With so many options at disposal, it is not a bad idea to switch to other OS. Below listed are top 5 alternatives to Window OS:
Android: Though Android uses Linux kernel, yet, practically everything on it is entirely different from typical Linux distribution. Initially designed for smartphones only, one can now get Android laptops and even desktops. No wonder, variety of projects are emerging to run Android on traditional PC. Intel has even developed its own port of Android to PC hardware. At present, it is not the most practical. It does not allow use of multiple apps simultaneously. However, Android fanatics would find the temptation hard to resist.
Linux: List of alternative OS is never complete without including Linux. Linux offers variety of flavours known commonly as Linux distributions. Ubuntu and Mint are the popular ones. Linus is Unix like operating system .Linus is the most practical alternative to use among non-Window OS. There are other open-source OS like FreeBSD out there. It uses a different kernel, however, it employs more or less the same software that one finds on Linux distribution. The whole experience of using FreeBSD will be very similar.
Mac OS X: Its user interface inspired Microsoft to create Window OS. It uses Unix technology, making it more secure and reliable than Windows. Moreover, its visual interface highlights the difference between Microsoft’s guesswork and Apple’s exceptional design. It is both beautiful and easy to use. One needs an Apple computer to use it. That is the only drawback. Apple has a section on their sight luring people to switch to Mac OS X.
SteamOS: It is currently in Beta. Technically, it is just a Linux distribution and includes most of the standard Linux software. However, marketers are positioning it as a new PC game operating system. The old Linux desktop is still underneath, but the computer boots to a Steam interface designed for living rooms. By November 2015, one will be able to purchase PCs with pre-installed SteamOS known as Steam machines. However, it is not complete yet.
Haiku: It is a lightweight PC operating system based on BeOS. It was developed keeping in mind multimedia. Although Microsoft successfully drove Be Corp. out of business through illegal interference with their marketing efforts, reports of BeOS’s death were premature. A team of BeOS users has assembled together to redevelop it as Haiku, an open-source clone which will run on old BeOS software. It is currently in alpha. Meanwhile, the original BeOS source code was licensed to a European software firm which created Zeta from it.