Linux, Open Source & Ubuntu: Open-Source and Mac Alternatives to Windows 7
Although Microsoft is gearing everyone up for the release of Windows 7 on Oct. 22, there are other solutions out there that might satisfy a user's desire for a new operating system without the additional cost. Unlike Windows, open-source operating system Linux has been tinkered with by several developers who have attempted to do more than re-create the basic computing experience. And in many cases, they have done a fine job at it. So fine, in fact, that some Linux distributions can be considered viable alternatives to Windows 7. Since Windows 7 isn't for everyone, we've found eight alternatives that you'll want to try out. In addition to Mac OS X, they range from basic consumer versions to enterprise-friendly Linux distributions that could solve a real need in the corporate world. In either case, they are worth considering before jumping into Windows 7.