For most PC users, Windows is all but synonymous with computers. It almost always comes as part of the PC package, it’s simple to use, and it’s a system that most people feel comfortable using. Because it’s such a pervasive operating system, new software and peripherals are usually designed with Windows compatibility in mind. Heck, you can even get by without ever having to know what a driver is.
Window isn’t the only option available though. There are now dozens of competing operating systems on offer that provide impressive graphics user interfaces, ample software and decent support for hardware devices. You no longer need to be the type who can set up satellite link with paper clips and coat hangers in order to understand and set up an alternative operating system. Many of the options of offer are easier to install than Windows, and once you’ve become accustomed to the differences, you might not even miss your old OS.
If you’re up for the challenge of exploring a new operating system, you’ll be pleased to hear that you don’t need to make the journey alone. Most alternative systems are backed up with terrific support from online communities, and hardware and software manufacturers are slowly waking up to the fact that Windows and Mac OS are not the only platforms that require support.
The best is that most of these lesser-known and lesser-used OSes are much cheaper than Windows. Some of them are even free. This is very convenient if you are looking at a second PC, trying out new things on an older PC or setting up a small office network without ruining yourself financially. In fact, companies like IBM and HP are now selling cheaper PC’s bundled with Linux system instead of Windows.
There are any numbers of operating system around to pick from, most of them based on Unix. Your choice will depend on what you want to do- play games, network your office, type your bestseller-to-be or just find out what life is outside Windows.