I have been using Windows Operating System almost all my life. My first encounter with Windows OS was Windows 98 way back in late 90s. My experience with Windows OS has come a long way since then, from Windows 98 to the latest Windows 11.
My experience with Windows OS has always been satisfactory, except for those buggy versions like that of Vista, or Windows 8, and that annoying auto updates on Windows 10. I have been using Windows 11 for the past few months, and thus far its running awesomely smooth with an enhance UI.
No doubt Microsoft Windows OS is the dominant Operating System in the world and I’m sure you are also using it. However, if you are getting bored or getting annoyed with the constant updates on Windows 10 and want to try something new, or if you have an old laptop or desktop that needs a fresh breath of life, here are the top Windows alternative available for you. And yes, it’s free!
5 Best Windows OS Alternative
1. UBUNTU OS
Ubuntu is a widely used Linux OS. Ubuntu is a Linux distribution based on Debian mostly composed of free and open-source software.
Ubuntu is released every six months, with Long-Term Support (LTS) releases every two years. As of 23 April 2020, the latest release and also the most recent long-term support release is 20.04 (“Focal Fossa”), which is supported until 2025 under public support and until 2030 as a paid option. The latest stable version is Ubuntu 21.10
2. DEEPIN OS
Deepin ships a mix of open-source and proprietary programs such as Google Chrome, Spotify and Steam. It also includes a software suite of applications developed by Deepin Technology, as well as WPS Office and CodeWeavers’ CrossOver.
The development of Deepin is led by China-based Wuhan Deepin Technology Co., Ltd. The company generates revenue through the sale of technical support and other services related to it.
The distribution is widely praised for its aesthetics in various reviews, while also has been criticized for having used a statistical tracking service in its App Store, which was removed in July 2018.
The latest stable version Deepin OS 20.5 was released on 31st March 2022 with a whole lot of new features including face recognition, app store, grand search etc.
3. ELEMENTARY OS
elementary OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu LTS. It promotes itself as a “fast, open, and privacy-respecting” replacement to macOS and Windows and has a pay-what-you-want model. The operating system, the desktop environment (called Pantheon), and accompanying applications are developed and maintained by Elementary, Inc.
The latest stable version of elemtary OS is OS 6.1 Jólnir released December 20,2021. The latest versions comes with a redesigned window switcher, much improved apps, better portals, and refinements in every corner.
4. ZORIN OS
Zorin OS is a personal computer operating system designed and promoted for users new to Linux-based computers. One of its built-in features lets users change the interface to resemble those of Microsoft Windows or MacOS. Wine and PlayOnLinux can be easily installed in Zorin OS, allowing users to run Windows software for ease of transition and gaming. Zorin OS’s creators maintain three free editions of the operating system, and an “Ultimate” edition for purchase.
Zorin OS is one of the alternative to Windows and macOS designed to make your computer faster, more powerful, secure, and privacy-respecting.
The current releases are Zorin OS 16.1 Pro, Zorin OS 16.1 Core, and Zorin OS 16.1 Lite. The new editions continue to use the Ubuntu-based Linux kernel and GNOME or XFCE interface.
UbuntuDDE is a Remix flavor of Ubuntu system with Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) . UbuntuDDE is a linux distribution based on Ubuntu with the most beautiful desktop environment. Its initial release is UbuntuDDE Remix 20.04 focal based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and will be supported by the UbuntuDDE community.
If you want to experience the beauty of the Deepin Desktop Environment on an Ubuntu base, you can download the latest release of the UbuntuDDE Remix flavor.
Please note that UbuntuDDE is not an official flavor of Ubuntu. UbuntuDDE developers are not associated with the Ubuntu team.
The latest version of UbuntuDDE is 21.10 Impish Indri.
My personal verdict
I have personally used and tried my hands on Ubuntu, UbuntuDDE, Deepin, and elementary OS. And truth be told, I love all of it.
Ubuntu is the best and most widely used alternative to Windows OS. But I personally love UbuntuDDE as its a perfect mixture of the power of Ubuntu and the beauty of UbuntuDDE.
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