Windows 8 is very cool but it is not the only operating system worth using. There are many alternatives. Here are five alternatives which are worth giving a try.
Android is the most popular mobile operating systems. It also runs on tablets and there are many cheap Android tablets in the market today. If your computing needs are minimal, you can consider ditching your laptop or desktop altogether and switch to an Android tablet. By pairing your tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard and a mouse, you can get more out of your tablet.
A Mac is a very good alternative to Windows based PCs. Mac OS has a better user interface and is perceived to be more secure. However, the downside is the cost. Macs don’t come cheap.
If you are a geek, you can run Mac OS on PC hardware (see www.osx86project.org) but it is not exactly legal to do so. But you could give it a try as it is an interesting experience.
Ubuntu is more secure than Windows and is quite easy to install and use. It is also free. The default distro comes with almost all the applications you will ever need. The software management system is also very easy and powerful once you get used to it.
The main downside is that it takes consideration amount of time to learn everything. Please backup all your data before installing or you can lose it forever. If you are used to the Windows interface, it can be a bit daunting to make the switch. Nevertheless, Ubuntu is a good alternative to Windows 8.
If you use your computer mostly to access the Internet, Chrome OS is a good option. It is very light on system resources and runs well even on older hardware. Essentially, Chrome OS is just the Chrome browser running atop a Linux kernel. Thus, it has minimal system requirements.
The major disadvantage with Chrome OS is that it is not a full-fledged operating system. There are many things that you can’t do on it. But if you use your computer only for Internet access, you can give it a try.
Windows 7 and Xp
There is no rule which says that you should use the latest and greatest. Windows 7 is good and Windows Xp still works. Windows Xp is still a good OS, especially on older hardware. If your old computer is still working fine, why upgrade? However, it is essential to have a good antivirus installed. Microsoft will totally stop supporting Windows Xp after April 8th 2014 and you will have to upgrade sooner or later.