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A Better OS - Alternatives to Windows 10

Updated on October 31, 2016

Windows 10

Windows has been on the market over a year now and has received, let's call them, less than favorable reviews.

Windows 10 users are presented with a completely new UI that many say is a hodgepodge of ideas all mixed together to make a horrific user experience. What Microsoft has done is to slap a tablet interface on to a desktop environment and given the end user no way around it.

Although users can access a somewhat more traditional desktop, Microsoft in their wisdom, decided it best to remove the start button. How better to frustrate users looking for some sort of fall back mode to a more familiar interface? While there is a way users can have their start button returned to them in it involves the purchase of third-party software and a bit of technical know how not normally found in a standard computer user.

Microsoft's head of Windows Julie Larson-Green says it takes Windows 10 users between “two days and two weeks” to get used to the Windows interface. Not great news for those who use their PC's to get real work done on a daily basis. This may be one reason that Window 10 is lagging far behind the adoption rates of Windows 7, and even Vista, at similar points in their release cycles garnering only a fraction of the predicted market share since release.

The good news is that there is an alternative to Windows 10 that is free, open source and able to be customized to suit you and the way you work, Ubuntu Linux.

How Real People Will Use Windows 8

Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04

Ubuntu Linux has been around for over a decade and has become one of the most popular Linux distributions worldwide. It is released and maintained by UK based Canonical Inc. owned by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttlesworth.

Ubuntu is free to use and install on as many computers as you like with no restrictions. The current version is 16.10 but some may opt for the slightly older version 14.04 LTS Long Term Support Release as this will be supported for 5 years.

Ubuntu has developed it's own modern UI called Unity which is designed for ease of use and cross platform compatibility Unity can be used on a desktop, laptop or even a touch screen device with equal ease. Users can also choose from several other desktop environments if they find the Unity interface not quite to their liking. That's the beauty of Linux.

An added bonus to the free price tag is no worries about virus infections, Trojans or other malicious software harming your computer.

A Mother's First Time Using Ubuntu

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    • Sherry Hewins profile image

      Sherry Hewins 

      3 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I would, and I do. Ubuntu is great for refurbishing an old computer. You don't have to be a computer whiz to use it either.

    • Anna Haven profile image

      Anna Haven 

      4 years ago from Scotland

      I sometimes have to use a Windows8 pc and you are right it isn't good! Useful hub.

    • thost profile image

      thost 

      4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thank you for the information. Great Hub.

    • AJReissig profile image

      Alex J. Reissig 

      5 years ago from New Richmond, Ohio

      Great hub! I've used linux systems for some tme now. To me, Windows 8 is a disaster. Because there are a few work-related items I need Windows for (and I can't get them to run in WINE) I run a dual boot system of Windows 8/Kubuntu 13.04. I spend most of my time in kubuntu.

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      dnd0ps 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Buy a Mac. Simple.

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