Slideshow: Linux Alternatives to Windows 7
Although Microsoft is gearing everyone up for the release of Windows 7 on October 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 that attempt to do more than recreate 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.