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Top 5 Alternatives to Ubuntu Linux

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Top 5 Alternatives to Ubuntu Linux: After the Unity debacle, if you’re thinking about switching to Windows 7 or Mac OS X, there is no reason to lose hope that soon. The cute little penguin offers many good choices even for the new user. Although Ubuntu 11.04 “Natty Narwhal” provides GNOME 2.x as a fallback option, moving away from it isn’t as scary as you think.

Here are the top Linux distributions you can switch to, if you are planning to ditch Ubuntu:

1. Linux Mint

We’ve already compared Linux Mint 11 and Ubuntu 11.04 on various grounds such as User Interface, Software Applications, Performance, Ease of Use etc. It comes as no surprise that it was a very close fight. However, Mint came out as a winner at the end. Linux Mint 11 "Katya", by sticking to the familiar GNOME 2.x interface, keeps things simple and sweet. The simplicity by no means bogs down Mint’s performance or features. In fact, the simplicity compliments Mint’s fresh look as well as the powerful set of default applications it comes with.

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