For the vast majority, there are only 4 OSs: Android, iOS, Windows and Mac OS, however there are other alternatives that may surprise you. Get to know them.

Although for the vast majority of computer and mobile users the operating systems of their favorite devices are divided into 4 large general groups, geeks, gurus and specialists dedicated to technology know that there are more alternatives to Android, iOS, Windows and Mac OS.

An operating system is an interface of communication between the user and the computer, and the accuracy and practicality of using the group of programs that integrates it, is key for the human to have a more productive “relationship” with his device. What are the best operating systems of 2013 and what is going in 2014, and why? Here’s our selection:

OS X Mavericks

Apple’s latest operating system (formerly known as Mac OS X) not only evolved visually. Although it is still based on Unix taking the NeXTSTEP as its axis with Mach kernel, improvements in the performance of applications such as Safari, iCloud, Calendar, Finder and better CPU management with reduced power usage have kept users of new and moderately old computers delighted (since 2007).

Apple decided to launch it for free and its interface is nicer with iOS and Apple TV. You have to have a Mac, considerably more expensive than a common PC.

Windows 7

Although it was released more than 4 years ago, Windows 7 is the favorite of millions of users, even in the presence of the current Windows 8. The reasons? Microsoft implemented a hybrid Kernel and IA-32 and x86-64 (32-bit and 64-bit) architectures. After the disappointing Windows Vista, PC enthusiasts were delighted with an OS that resumed the best of windows prior to Vista but with a much more eye-catching visual interface and winks at touch and mobile systems.

To date, Microsoft offers great support and constant automatic improvements. Disadvantages: In order to give More Strength to Windows 8 and Windows Phone, Microsoft might stop providing unexpected support.

Android 4.4.2 KitKat

Android may be one of the best investments in Google history. The visual interface improved to deal with the new iOS 7 last October, but it’s dozens of minor improvements that have perfected mobile operatives.

The NFC system and API accessibility have improved considerably. Yes, we know that Kaspersky, MacAfee and other computer security companies would condemn the selection of this OS, as the truth is that it remains the most vulnerable and attacked by hackers (and forecasts ensure that the figures will grow even more this 2014), but its Achilles Heel is also its largest magnet for new users: it is an entirely Open Source system.

Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander

It remains a Unix-based OS with a complex Unity environment that requires high computing knowledge, but the Saucy Salamander version of Ubuntu is certainly still a favorite of thousands of users.

There are no viruses, the visual interface is great, cloud over 5GB and a software center with thousands of applications and games. Unfortunately, an advanced level of use of codecs and programming knowledge from intermediate to advanced is required.

iOS 7

In this list we combined mobile and computer OS alike, and the latest version of iOS could not be missing from the list. Although criticized by many Apple detractors, the truth is that the new visual interface and simplification of use of many intrinsic apps of the recent version have resulted in positive comments from frequent users of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as attracting new users (mostly Android dissidents).

Many continue to complain about the “decelerator” password system and insist that Apple ended up copying to Windows Phone. Do you agree?

Linux Mint 16 Petra

If you got excited reading about Ubuntu but don’t know enough to “fight” with it until you’re an expert and get the most out of it, your solution is called Linux Mint, which is basically a simplified and kinder version with the Ubuntu user.

Many applications are already pre-installed, it is virus free and weighs very little, giving better performance to your machine. And while it’s extremely stable, it’ll never have a visual interface like your “big brother.”

Windows 8

Yes, both versions of Windows appear in this list, and the tremendous number of users who prefer each of these versions supports it. 8 is characterized by a more eye-catching and stable visual interface, as well as being homogeneous on both computers and tablets (especially the Surface Pro).

It does require a new learning curve, but it’s nothing from the other world. The bad: it’s very vulnerable to viruses, it’s hard to understand without a start menu, and weighs more than 4 GB (vs only 500 MB of Ubuntu)!


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