Switching from Windows to free Software- Part 1: 5 FREE Windows Alternative Operating System

Mon, Jan 2, 2012

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Difference between a virus and Windows? Viruses rarely fail

microsoft trashing freedomDid you install Windows on your PC? If yes, is your system hanging every time? Are you looking for better and updated anti-virus software? Damn you. You will never find better anti-virus software for your Windows. If you actually find one get ready for another system failure. Believe me:

Failure is not an option – it comes bundled with Windows

This post is for those people who got tired by using Windows PC, tired by finding an anti-virus software, tired by updating it regularly and tired again by finding new Windows OS disk to format and reinstall.
Most of us are using Windows OS from our childhood and are not familiarized with using free software. It will be really a hard time if someone switched to Linux platform without having an experience of using it and other associated free software on first hand. For those who are seriously start believing on free software concept or believing themselves as open source enthusiast as I do and those who love to use an OS for their own wish not the OS developers’ wish (read 10 reasons to use free software) here I start a new series of post titled Switching from Windows to free software.
In this post I am listing 20 free Operating System. If you are new to these operating systems download any OS and install it. After learning to use it you can uninstall the Windows crap from your PC. But make sure to get familiarized with OS and associated software before uninstalling Windows. So here is the list of free OS that you might want to try. Download link is also given.
1.Fedora
It is a completely fast, free, stable and powerful operating system. It is faster than Windows XP, Vista and 7. Fedora is strengthens by worldwide community.
2.React OS
React OS made from non-linux environment. In 1998, the project was started to run Windows program. Today it is fully compatible with Windows applications and drivers. If you are very familiar with Windows application React OS is a worth try. The ultimate aim of React OS is to allow you to remove Windows and install React OS.
3.Haiku
Haiku is a free and simple Operating system which is free of unnecessary complexities.
4.Linux Mint
Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu. It is well known for its usability particularly for users who have no previous experience in using GNU/linux. Linux mint is composed of many free software packages but it also includes some proprietary software.
5.Ubuntu 11.04
It is still in beta stage. For beginners Ubuntu 11.04 is a great choice because of its hardware compatibility and ease of installation.

Bonus: Get 4 more free operating system 
6.Live.linuxgamers.net
This Operating System is dedicated for game lovers. This is a good option for those people who die to play games on PC.
7.64 studio
It is specialized for multimedia and digital content creation. It is also fully packed with digital media apps.
8.Syllable Desktop
It’s a lightweight and fast OS suited for home and small office users.
9.Damn Small Linux
As name says, this is really small (50mb). It is an OS worth try. You can run it from your CD, USB, pendrive or embedded as guest Operating System

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