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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.
Unofficial: An open source equivalent, Chromium OS, can be compiled from downloaded source code.
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
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.
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.
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.)