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Are there good Alternatives to Windows 10? Windows 10 is the leading desktop based Operating system with over 76.17% of the worlds Desktop Operating System Market Share according to Statcounter’s (Dec 2017 – Dec 2018).

In choosing these Entries on this list, factors such as Ease of Use, Design, and Functionality were kept in mind which lead to the elimination of FreeDOS.

Feel free to leave a comment/suggestion, Entries on this list will be updated from time to time in order to reflect updates such as changes and additional Info/Pros/Cons.

So in no particular order, these are the top 10 alternatives to the Windows 10 Operating System.

And The Alternatives Are…

Zorin OS is yet another alternative to Windows 10 with a beautiful looking interface with a lot of useful application such as the Chrome web browser.

Pros

  • Great User Interface

Cons

  • Limited Apps
  • may be buggy, missing drivers and other issues for some devices

Boasting a stylish and sleek UI, Manjaro is a yet another great Windows 10 Alternative.

The Fedora Work station is yet again another awesome windows 10 alternative.

ReactOS’s Design akins to a Classic Windows look.

Elementary OS takes inspiration from Mac OS’s design with a application search icon top left, todays date and time top center, status icons top right and a floating dock of icons.

How do i get Elementary OS?

  • Download via Elementory

Ubuntu is a popular user-friendly distribution of Linux which can even run alongside Windows 10.

First launched on 20 October 2004 by Canonical Ltd and based on Debian with realeases for the Desktop, Servers and core (Robots/IoT).

How Do i get Ubuntu?

  • USB Intallation

First introduce on June 15, 2011, Chrome OS is a browser based operating system which has 1.35% according to StatCounter’s Desktop Operating System Market Share Worldwide (Dec 2017 – Dec 2018).

The operating system is developed by Google and Based on the Linux Kernel. It’s rightfully #2 on our list in due part to the way we use and connect to the web and Android Apps.

How do i get Chrome OS?

  • Purchase a Pixel Slate, Chromebook, Chromebox, Chromebits, and Chromebase
  • Chrome OS is only available pre-installed on hardware from Google manufacturing partners, but there are unofficial methods that allow it to be installed in other equipment.
  • Unofficial: Chrome OS USB Install via Neverware ReadyCloud Home Chromium OS variant
  • Unofficial: An open source equivalent, Chromium OS, can be compiled from downloaded source code. 

Pros

  • Super Simple to get started and Great UI
  • Lightweitght and Affordable devices
  • Somewhat easier to use: Imagine your current laptop. but just with a Chrome on it. it’d be a heck a lot easier to use because of the fewer features and lesser things to worry about.
  • Install over a thousand Android Apps
  • Can run Linux based applications
  • great for casual usage
  • Hassle Less: It is a toned down laptop. No Viruses, Synced up with Google. so, your data is not going anywhere. even your laptop is stolen.
  • Heavily Optimized: It is basically a laptop with only google chrome in it. so you know, Google makes an OS that is just for Google Chrome and nothing else. so it is Fast and Fluid

Cons

  • Have to be around wifi or subscribe to a mobile data plan to do most things
  • Lack of some traditional software many end-users expect, namely Microsoft Office (there are tons of online alternatives, but most people don’t want to switch)
  • Many “applications” are potentially slower (they run on the server, and are subject to bandwidth constraints in addition to running non-native code)
  • Very little control panel. It’s the settings pane from your browser, no more.
  • Not For Everyone ( gaming, video editing and/or graphics intensive usage): It is not for Everyone apparently. it is just for people who need nothing more than a Browser and a Physical Keyboard. if you need something more than this (example, gaming), Chrome OS is not for you.

The Pros and Cons of Chrome OS have been sourced from Quora’s: What are the advantages and disadvantages of ChromeOS? and What will be the advantages and disadvantages of Google’s Chrome OS netbook versus a windows netbook?

First created by Apple back on March 24, 2001, macOS is the second most widely popular desktop based OS after Windows. It has over 12.33% dominance worldwide according to StatCounter’s Desktop Market share charts (Dec2017/2018).

The operating system has gone through over 18+ updates with its current version being macOS 10.14 “Mojave” which introduced a system-wide dark mode and several new apps lifted from iOS, such as Apple News.

How do I get macOS?

MacOS come pre-installed on various Apple’s Mac Family of devices such as the MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini, iMac, iMac Pro, and Mac Pro.

Pros

  • Great User interface
  • You can run a lot of Linux based software since it’s BSD under the hood
  • A lot of great specialized apps
  • All major productivity software (e.g. Office, Photoshop, etc.) is available on Macs
  • Macs come with their own very good office applications (e.g. Pages, KeyNote)
  • It can be dual booted with Windows
  • Easy-to-use backup software
  • Very stable/reliable: A Mac laptop which has been running for 15 days (from when the last MacOS patch came out) can still be used.
  • Very easy to use: users are not required to read a manual before using MacOS – in fact, when you buy a new Mac it comes with a single sheet that just tells you how to plug it into the electricity.
  • From a user perspective, MacOS is more secure than Windows: MacOS does not prompt you unnecessarily for acceptance of actions – if it asks it really means it and if MacOS asks for your Administrator authorization and you were not expecting it then just don’t enter it. Also, most of the common Microsoft attacks don’t affect MacOS, even the ones that target Microsoft Office where you have it installed.
  • Security is available to all users on all Mac devices (vs. Windows where the most useful forms of security are restricted to the Pro editions)
  • Updates are seamless and can be installed on the user’s schedule
  • If you work with servers then MacOS is based on the same concepts as most servers in the world and the same tools are found in MacOS (such as ssh, ftp, vi, bash, etc.)
  • If you are a programmer then Apple provides the best IDE available, for free (Xcode – Apple Developer ). If that doesn’t work for you then just about every single programming language and the environment is still available to you – even Microsoft has ported its Visual Studio IDE to MacOS! What’s New in Visual Studio for Mac | Visual Studio

Cons

  • Limited hardware choice: You need Apple hardware to run it. The upfront costs of Apple hardware are higher than those of Windows or Linux systems.
  • Licensing restrictions which limit the ability to run in virtual machines and prohibit its use on non-Apple hardware
  • You will occasionally encounter websites that are designed to work with proprietary Windows features and will not function properly on any other platform.
  • Some people who run Windows and Linux will call you a fanboy.

The macOS Pros/Cons Sourced from answers on Quora’s:What are the advantages and disadvantages of Mac OS?

So there you have it, Some awesome alternatives to Windows 10 which may even be much better than Windows…

Did we forget to list a particular OS? What are your oppinions on the Operating systems which we have listed?

Feel free to reach out to us in the comments about your thoughts on the entries listed along with any Operating system we may have failed to list.

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