8 free alternatives to Windows and MacOS

Windows has its virtues, but many people simply don’t like it and don’t want it running on their computers. Nor do they wish to pay the Apple tax and buy a Mac. So what other operating systems are out there?

A writer at MakeUseOf has a great roundup of eight free alternatives to Windows and MacOS.

Christian Cawley reports for Make Use Of:

Perhaps you’re looking for a new PC and perhaps it’s too expensive. The immediate consideration is switching away from Windows, but MacOS also involves an expensive purchase.

So what can you do?

The smart money would be on Linux, a free and open source alternative that offers many different (albeit similar) operating systems. But in fact there are many free alternatives to Windows, operating systems that are capable of performing all standard computing tasks.

If money is a problem and you need a free alternative to Windows to keep your PC running, or you just want a change but don’t want to splash a grand on MacOS, take a look at these options, all available to download and install today.

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Why you should begin with the terminal in Linux

Linux has a ton of different GUI-based desktop environments to meet the needs of almost any user. But much can be said for using the command line in Linux as well.

MATE 1.18 has been released

The has been updated to version 1.18.

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