What about Mac and Linux?

Other operating systems have been out there for a very long time, but they don't have the marketing power that's behind Windows. I'm familiar with a few, and I'll try to cover the basics: The Mac and Linux.

Mac's are put out by Apple and have the most worry free experience computer users can buy. There is a catch, of course, they're more expensive. They're great little workhorse machines, and they are easy to use. Mac has its share of mishaps. Once I had upgraded a machine to OS X, and it rejected the extra memory that had been put in because it was not purchased from an approved manufacturer. Proprietary hardware and software don't always play nice. So, the end result is you spend money to get what you're instructed. If in doubt, it's always fun to go to an Apple store and experience the buzz and vibe you'll get from those folk. Really. You should check it out. If it's worry free computing you're looking for then a Mac is hard to beat.

Linux has been around for a long time too, but it has only recently come into offering everyday users a trouble free experience. It is true that Linux was the OS for computer geeks around the world to tinker with and make their own. Due mostly to those efforts, there is now a Linux version that can be used by novice computer users. Actually, there are many versions of Linux, or flavors of Linux, usable by everyday people, and most of those flavors are available for download at no charge. Freespire and Ubuntu are very friendly flavors; You can even try them without altering your computer. If you would like to try it let me know.

I should mention the BeOS, which made a brief appearance a few years ago as the multimedia OS of the century. However, the company did not remain open. There are dedicated fans that are keeping theBeOS alive. My experience with it was nothing less than amazing. I had a slow computer that I installedBeOS, and I was able to run 4 videos at the same time without skipping or any errors, which would have been impossible with any other OS. I hope they can bring it back.