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Five Linux alternatives to Windows 7


All the computing world hype this week has been about Windows 7. Cheap Windows 7; Microsoft’s future rides on Windows 7, etc. etc. But, say you’re not that excited about Windows 7. After-all, it’s still as insecure as ever and upgrading from XP to Windows 7 is a major pain. So if you want, or are going to be forced, to move by your aging PC to another operating system, why not give Linux a try.

As I explained recently in an IT World feature, How to give Linux a try, there are lots of ways to sample Linux without jumping through elaborate hoops to make your PC a dual-boot Linux and Windows system, or take the leap of converting your PC altogether to Linux. If any of those experiences persuades you that Linux is for you, or if you’re ready to take the plunge, here are five great Linux distributions for you.

Before jumping into my list, I must say that, alas, Google Chrome isn’t among them. Sources at Google tell me that Chrome, the operating system, not the browser, will be coming out very soon, but it isn’t yet ready. Gosh, a company that waits until a product is ready to be revealed before releasing it! If only Microsoft had done that few years back with Vista. But on with the list.

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