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Six free open source alternatives to Windows 10

Christina Mercer | June 27, 2016
If Windows 10 isn't for you, we've got six alternatives that could be

Key features: Lumina/Cinnamon/GNOME/MATE desktop environment, able to run Linux software, Automatically configured hardware, AppCafe, Virus-free, Laptop support, PersonaCrypt, LibreSSL, encrypted backups.

Pros: This OS has a range of desktop environments to choose from. 

Cons: It's not a lightweight OS.

6. Chrome OS

Free Windows 10 alternatives: Chrome OS

Part of the Linux and Chromium OS family, Google's Chrome OS provides a partially open source, familiar user interface with a host of attractive features.

Key features: Cloud-based file management, integrated media player, virtual desktop access, Aura window manager, Google cloud print, Chrome Apps, support for selected Android apps and enhanced security.

Pro: Doesn't require a lot of disk space, a great variety of apps from the Chrome Web Store.

Con: Only free on Chrome hardware e.g. Chromebook or Nexus device.

Source: Computerworld UK 


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