Top Ten Best Operating Systems

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The Top Ten

1
Windows 7
Windows 7 is the best OS from Microsoft I have ever experienced...
Easy to install... Crash free... Fabulous Graphics Support for HQ Games.. And more...
Windows Vista is the worst OS from Microsoft...
Very simple to install and better UI also best security.
Very good themes.
Less virus detector... And fabulous display... Maximum features And many more
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2Windows 8
This is lovely
This is friendly
This is fastest
This is best
All at once it must be on top
Fastest Microsoft operating system yet. It has more security features and adds an extra twist and extra compatibility to Windows.
It is nice...
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3Ubuntu
Ubuntu is a mixture of Windows and Macintosh. Looks like mac but shortcut keys is similar to windows. Great work. I love it
They should sell computers with Ubuntu pre-installed!
I really like the OS, but the thing that so bad is that it uses java iced tea and not java sun
But much better than windows Vista
It really rock me. Windows os gets nothing. Haha sorry to all windows users
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4Windows XP Professional
This is all time favorite.. None other than Windows XP
Hey it's Really good because it is easy to learn & install & also it fast than other OS
Best hacker-friendly operating system out there. You may say windows 7 is better, but it is that windows 7 is a mix of XP and vista together. So after all, windows XP is best OS, windows related.
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5Macintosh OSX
By far one of the easiest operating systems to learn for a complete beginner (although switching from windows has a slight learning curve). Ideal for the artist and everyday user, the Mac OS is a personal favourite. The fact that it's unix based makes it quite similar to linux with very similar terminal commands. The only downside to Mac OS is the small range of games and the high price of the Macintosh computer required to run Mac OS X
Unfair to classify OSX as a single stand-alone OS and compare it to Windows as a long list of very different systems from 3.1 to whatever they're doing this week. OSX is a variant of Unix based on FreeBSD which is in turn based on BSD that predates MSDOS by a decade (~) by my recollection. Microsoft should join the rest of the world and help create a unified OS core such that each variant merely offers their own "flavoured" shell. Windows was nothing but a menu system for MSDOS. A Unified system would solve many of the problems of writing code for all computers to use.
Yea the whole reason why macs never get viruses is because hackers don't see any profit in hacking a mac, even though macs arc is 64bit or higher currently pc's hold the market shares in the US, thus being hackers will see profit in hacking a pc and get more enjoyment out of it rather than trying to waste time on a mac, and wit a pc you can do a hell of a lot more than just a mac where you can only do graphic arts, music design, and so forth, and not even good enough to run games on it, oh yea another thing bout macs is that the os is pretty much locked and simplyfied where there's rly no probs with the mac osx and if there ever is any probs that the user experiences they always run to the apple store because they don't know squat on how to resolve the issue, when pc users can fix issues on their own and not have to run to the apple store for help. So yea I think the numerical order of os'es should remain the same currently.
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6Windows 8.1
It is just awesome. It has the start button back, you can boot to the desktop, the start screen can be personalized in more ways with more tile sizes, group naming, more apps and more. The store has apps and a better look. Has a more "metro" control panel and more. IT IS GOT TO BE THE BEST OS FROM MICROSOFT
A great replacement for those who hate windows 8. It is sure to be a success as it has been seen in the past!, Its preview ain't that much but what is instore is awesome!
It's cool! Microsoft included a new way of personalizing, customizing and searching!.. It's free on the web!.. Try download it, and experience the "SMARTEST" version of OS that Microsoft have ever created!.. ;-)
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7Linux Mint
First of all "Linux Mint 15 Cinnamon" is "Free" Operating System
1)"Linux Mint Cinnamon 15" is better than "Ubantu 13.04"
2) It is best Operating System I ever used in my Life
3) It is very fast, very user friendly (Like "Windows 7"), Most secure OS
4) Inbuilt NVDIA/ATI Graphics Drivers (No need to install any drivers)
5) It is fully loaded with all software and even it also support Internet Graphics, Audio-Video and Bluetooth connectivity without manually installing any drivers
5) It works great with both Desktops and Laptops
6) Very Stable Operating System
7) Extremely great Graphics (Like MAC-OS), Themes
8) Full Multimedia Support for High Definition movies, High Graphics Games
9) Great Package Manager all softwares are available in that Package Manger Center
10) Inbuilt (VLC) Video LAN Player
11) Libre Office is best but also support Microsoft Office via PlayOnLinux Software (For those who has hobbit of using MS Office)
12) Supports all Windows Programs, Games via Wine and PlayOnLinux Softwares
13) Identfies [NTFS and FAT] Windows File Systems also...
14) OVERALL BEST OPERATING SYSTEM (Linux Mint Cinnamon 15)
Fast and secure, it has everything I want and everything anyone should really need. If you can't find it in mint, it probably doesn't exist.
Mint is a easy to use operating system based on linux, reliable and great for new users. Based on ubuntu, there is a lot of software available on it
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8Android
What about Chrome OS?
Not the same as android
In a year it will be the number 3 OS
Android 4.1 is a fairly stale operating system with great customization options. Fun withgets will light your way into a a very interesting society, where you control everything. I would recommend this operating system in a heartbeat!
Android is definitely the best operating system because it is an upcoming fairly new OS that is very simple and is very safe in the way of virus protection and speed.
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9Windows XP
The best operating system I have ever used, thanks to microsoft,
It is best fastest operating system ever. It's better than windows 8
This is the best for me ever seen...
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10Fedora
The greatest! Does not crash. FREE. All services built in - web server (apache, php sql), dns server... Etc...

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Fedora is definitively the best operating system out there. All software is out of the box, and with boxes, you can install multiple operating system into fedora. There is no reason to not use fedora over anything else.
Best OS and Free of Cost. Much more uptime compared to windows. Timely Updates, proper use, no crash and Boxes help to build VM under Fedora
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The Contenders

11Mac OS X Leopard
I just love mac os x leopard
Awesome very simple and reliable better than windows
I like it ver
Very easy to use and it even supports adobe flash which is very nice this is the best one yet!
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12iOS 7
Nice? IOS look the same as it first launch. It gets boring looking at the same old UI, no customization, nothing. The reason why it run smooth, because nothing has change, just heavily optimize to run on one product.
IOS 7 is a fantastic os good looking icons fluid, easy design. If your looking for a phone is then iOS 7 is the right choice.
Its the best OS ever built for phones and so fluid to use and smoothness it has awesome...
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13Red Hat Linux
Very nice os but not good as backtrack 5
Most reliable OS for me
It's really a awesome os.. For all serious computer user.. And its dangerous too. It's our passion. It look high demonstration.

14Google Chrome OS
Love my Chromebook and it's super fast bootup along with light weight portability. Security like no other OS on the Planet too!
Fast booting, easy using, auto updating, cloud storing. I love it!
Very fast and smooth!

15Windows 98
It is the operating system that brought revolution.. Introduced cursor, graphics and the gaming system.. It is without a doubt the best operating system there is.. So my vote goes to windows 98
Best O.S. ever, even-if it manually done process. It may not be not a friendly user O.S. like the windows 8 and window 7 but for me it is the most perfect O.S. ever created. You can do anything in window 98 manually if you have a knowledge to do it. It may not have a best graphics like the modern OS and other stuff. But still a wonderful OS if you know how to use it. And I don't usually like the “loading stuff” every time I do something (vista, 7, 8)
Windows 98 is epic because it is fast. It's faster than my laptop running Windows 7. It runs Office Word well, and it can run many powerful and great games.
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16Debian
This is my favourite Linux distribution. Impressively stable and very versatile. The real taste of Linux
I would only trust Debian to run my web and email servers. It is always solid and has the needed tools to fix problems fast. It is a solid tool for the computer professional.
Brilliant OS! Really fast and low power, but can do so much! I use it on my Raspberry Pi, and I wish I could manage to install it on my desktop machines
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17Mac OSX Lion
Most stable, powerful, and intuitive interface in the world. Smartest computer, easiest to use, and just the best around. Nothing beats good ol' Apple!

musicamentek

Its the best OS I've ever used
Tried ubuntu, red hat and all versions from microsoft

18Mac OS X Mountain Lion
More stable, more reliable than XP, and fun too. So far the best system I have tried. I liked Snow Leopard but this is a definite upgrade. Using Mountain lion with Parallels for Windows applications is smooth as silk.
I tried all of the top ten right now and mountain lion is the best, there is this bootcamp feature and you can install any operating system that you want, but you must make a second mac you can do that using disk utility. (if you want mac and the other OS
It's pretty good OS. I'm using it and I don't have any problems
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19Windows 95
Hell yes, what happened to the original windows? The start menu was the best invention ever by Microsoft and they took it away in windows 8, I mean I'm a computer tech and ill be doing something in windows 8 and hit some random key that brings up that dumb ass tile crap. I Despise windows 8, almost as much as I hate Vista and Windows Millennium Edition
The first ever operating system in the Windows series to introduce a simple but very useful and working component called the Start Menu of the Windows operating system, now ridden of and put into damnation by Windows 8...
I really don't know what's wrong with you people. Windows 7 and 8 best OSes ever? 95 and XP were the best, and 95 beats XP.

20Solaris
One of the best operating system on the planet is solaris 10 and the latest solaris 11 is the first OS developed for cloud computing...
Yeah, solaris is the best os in the world
I know, I miss Solaris I learned real active directory on solaris.
Plue the os is almost hack proof.
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21BackTrack
Backtrack is AWESOME for penetration testing (aka hacking... )!
I love it and would recommend it to anybody who is even remotely interested in hacking.
It's a amazing os...
BEST, SAFES OS EVER!
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22Elementary OS
Elementary OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu (which is in turn based on Debian). It makes use of a desktop with its own shell named Pantheon, and is deeply integrated with other elementary OS applications like Plank (a dock based on Docky), Midori (the default web browser) and Scratch (a simple text editor). This distribution uses Gala as its window manager, which is based on Mutter.
Among all the linux different flavours this is by far the cuttest. Some say that is Mac-ish ( it kinda is) but it has many differences that makes it look unique. It goes smoothly and is very stable. If you wanna try linux you should try this one.
The most beautiful distro. Stable, and really snappy too! I recommend it.
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23Windows Vista
I have Vista with Service Pack 2 and it is an awesome OS. May have sucked back in its infancy but is now an awesome, reliable, and stable OS with Service Pack 2. Just as good if not better than Windows 7 in my opinion.
Service Pack 2 is very similar to Windows 7, and can achieve higher frame rates and faster DWM's. It was way ahead of its time when software couldn't support Aero Glass without receiving errors and BSOD's.
I have Vista and Office 2007. I love the looks of it, the function of it, and the dependability. The non administrator accounts actually work (xp ones don't do much). The ribbon concept is great! It uses pictures and a good organization. I watched my husband use windows 95, 98, xp and I just kept waiting for something practical that I could relate to and understand. This is it! The next versions went backwards in my opinion.
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24Linux
Is free why is not a true os

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25Ubuntu Gnome

26FreeBSD
Try PC BSD, stable and secure..

27Zorin
Every think works from the box
It is a simple and very fast operating system
All in one OS
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28CentOS
I am linux user last from 5 year l love centos more than debian.
Best RHEL free clone!
Stable, secure, easy, fast
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29Windows 2000
Good solid operating system that was the building platform for the much loved Windows XP. More stable than XP though.

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Only because there was no support for this OS and I couldn't do the things that needed to did I have to upgrade to XP. It was the best OS from Microsoft I ever used, if they'd updated it and given it new features I'd still be using it today. I've never liked any other OS from Microsoft, maybe XP after SP2.
Best windows ever. You know nothing if you don't agre.

30Arch Linux
A nice and stable Linux OS, it is like a Lego game. You can build around your kernel what you want, without the need of major hacks. Indeed, not desirable for beginners, but also not so unstable and complicated like Gentoo. I was trying Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, Gentoo, Suse and Arch - Arch was the winner for me. I hesitated between Arch and Gentoo a time, but finally found Arch repos more consistent and up to date
I agree, Arch is from far the fastest OS ever. In performance, it beats from fat windows 7 8 mac OS X all versions, Ubuntu, Mint. With the lastest 3.12 kernel, and the lastest mesa drivers, the graphics under Linux are now the same as DirectX under windows.
Fully customizable OS, much more apps than any other distros with the AUR repo. No need to update because it s rolling release.
Not for beginners.

31Cylon Linux

32iOS 7.1

33DOS
If you don't know why, you won't understand why. But I'll just say this: It set the non-unix standard for all personal computers since the eighties... And is still embedded to some degree, in almost all of the OS's in use to this date. Those who love sheer computing power, are not swept away with interface graphic B.S. and... REALLY know how to use it... Realize that among robust light-weight OSs, NOTHING else has come close to matching it! (Or lasted as long! )
No OS mesh with DOS. Everything can be done through this... God for hackers..
It is the ultimate OS for hacking, programing and windows was made on it on the first place!
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34Windows RT
Just windows 8 for tablets with keys. Windows rt

35Windows 7.2
It is wrost that I had ever seen

36Symbian
Braught up by nokia...
Because it actually works.
Best thing ever happened to mobiles
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37OpenBSD
OpenBSD is the best when security is needed. My favorite OS for DNS Servers.

38Gentoo
It's the fastest OS in the world...
Gentoo is built the the specific hardware that you have and can run on almost any system. Installation is a pain in the ass though.

39Microsoft Windows 1.0
BEST OS I had ever seen. Better than win 8. Amazing graphics, best GUI and safest os till now.
Laugh out loud I have win 7 and don't use it kuz in vurtual box vurtual pc I use windows 1.0 kuz its "GRAET" for gaming laugh out loud

40Kali Linux
Best Hacking OS Ever... Although not very user friendly 'cause it's only for computer whiz and pro hackers.
Best Hacking OS Ever
Much Better than BackTrack A bit User friendly to new hackers...
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41Puppy Linux
Puppy Linux makes my Pentium 4 computer works like a i7 machine. It's very fast and excellent in browsing websites. It makes the computer more responsive than the past Windows version installed on it earlier! This is one of the best FREE operating systems available today. I don't experience any crashes! Download your copy now!
Does everything I need. Easy to use, fast and immune to viruses.
Easy to customize
It is the lightest PC OS that appreciates all system specifications.
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42Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix

43Unix
Most serious applications are hosted on this platform.
1 of the fathers of modern personal computers (Linux&Mac) are based on it in one way or another. Most secure computing base. OS-tems based on it make most of the server, touch screen market
Definitely the best choice for users who are looking for taking the best of its machine.
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44Alienware

45Haiku
One of the fastest OS ever, ideal for streaming video
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46backtrack 5R3
BackTrack is a Linux-based penetration testing arsenal that aids security professionals in the ability to perform assessments in a purely native environment dedicated to hacking.
Coolest and best os ever
Best OS against wlan

47OS/2
I am still running it on my (older) IBM desktop.
Perfecty safe, no virus ever been made. The nasty thing is that there is hardly any software for it to be used other than office applications.
Most ATM machines (money withdraw machines) run on OS/2...

48Kubuntu
Has a mix of both beauty and brains. Has the power of Ubuntu with the look of Windows 7. This is the best of this mixed with the best of that to become the best of the best. Actually, the look of Windows 7 itself is inspired by KDE which is the main ingredient of Kubuntu.
Kubuntu Is absolutely amazing, the 13.04 release includes KDE 4.10 which is the best KDE release ever it's fast, secure, stable and beautiful. If you want an beautiful OS with maximum support try kubuntu you won't be disappointed
Its beautiful easy and secure best option for alternate os if your computer is beaing use by some one else

49Backtrack Linux
Very powerful operating system, most people use this to hack while its a very good os by its self.
This is a great opt. System ever 2013
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50Windows ME
Best OS for when you want to reboot any time you change a setting. Also if you're a fan of having no drivers for any of your existing hardware, look no further, you won't find drivers for ANYTHING! Good luck detecting your keyboard and mouse, you're better off just staring at your beige CRT! Watch in awe as it blue-screens, boot-loops, gives random errors, and best of all, never installs the updates it told you it did, its too busy calculating the end of the world.

51Beryl on Fedora 8

52ReactOS
I like REactOS Very much although it is in alpha state but now it can run many or I think a lot of applications
Reactos is the only operating system which is compareable with Windows OS that is not Linux
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53Snowlinux
I enjoy using this os so much! I would give it a 5 star!

54Windows Server 2008 R2
Best OS for a server!

55Slackware
It is easy if you know it!
Awesome and really makes mind to work

56openSUSE
Very stable linux. Works perfectly. Never fails. MADE IN GERMANY
Very stable linux. Works perfectly.
Best os ever for server stuff and hacking others
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57Microsoft Windows 3.1
This where it started, true you had to upgrade Windows and DOS separately but you had fewer crashes and was easier repair, Win 95 and 98 weren't bad then we got xp through 8.1 with each getting more and more bloated requiring huge amounts of RAM just for the OS.

58iOS X
This is not even a real OS!
I Googled it I didn't find anything.

59BOSS GNU/Linux

60Lubuntu
Slick! Fast! Useful with older/weaker systems
Light and unbelievably fast. Customizable and easy to understand even for dummies like me. Best ever comparable to windows xp pro.
Works great on newer computers, Increases video game performance by a ton, Doesn't look too shabby, Is based off Ubuntu Linux, Can't get much better than this.
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61Xubuntu
It just works great and I love xfce

62CrunchBang Linux
Never had any adverse issues.
Easy to install and very stable.

63Oracle Linux

64BeOS
The best OS. Ahead of it's time
BeOS was almost a revolution in operating systems. If only it caught on. I was able to open and play 8 different movies at once on a 600mhz computer using this OS. Video card was an old Voodoo 3DFX card. For comparison, Windows98 could barely play one instance of a movie on the same hardware. BeOS was the future foundation for media based systems. If only it caught on.

65Zeath OS
How to download free
I like this Zeath os because it is compatible with my Dell venue 8 pro. It runs many apps and I prefer you to download this because it's so 60% safer than mac and windows.
WOW! This Zeath OS works good on my Samsung ATIV tablet! I recomend you to download this.
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66MenuetOS

67FreeDOS
Ment to run old dos games and programs also can be used to flash the bios light wight only 8 megabites in sive
It's a great os functions like dos but based on linux. It's a combination Of Ms~dos & linux.

68Unity Linux
Please tell in detail

69Fuduntu
Try It... Believe It.
It has all the best things of Fedora & Ubuntu.
Very user friendly & offer all codecs, java, flash out of the box.
Punny name... Serious distro.
I don't believe it HABEEB IT

70Windows Server 2003
It is server os

71Elnis AVIO
BEST OF ALL REALLY :D

72SUSE Linux Enterprise Server
Best of all for servers

73Slax
It can make P3 machine usable again, very stable.

74Jolicloud
Its far better than Chrome OS and very easy to work with! It's also linux based so this OS is great for any netbook around the globe. Its very light, fast and it combines cloud and local storage in a beautifull and user friendly way with great graphics... Give it a try and you will be more than amazed!
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75Knoppix
It give me all applications that I knew in Linux without having to install them. Just running live cd only.
IT is amazing graphics of this os... Most wonderful wallpaper in this os... This is a owsome os...
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76Mac OS9

77Cisco IOS
Best network operating system

78Macintosh System 7.1

79Amiga Workbench
I had one in early 90's. Best gaming platform at the time. Wish I kept it.
The best os ever! Hacker proof and no issues!

80SCO/UNIXWare
Might be the worst version of UNIX?
Laugh out loud beliee it or not this is the best I have ever used!

81GhostBSD
A ready to go BSD, full desktop experience.
Very Innovative BSD,
Best suited for begguners who are migrating from Linux.
Feel the power & stability of BSD.
Visit GhostBSD Website

82Plan 9 from Bell Labs
Best OS for programmers. All the benefits of Unix and more. Still has a fairly good sized developer community. Downsides is mediocre driver support and not as many end user programs.
It is a unix
Visit Plan 9 from Bell Labs Website

83Parsix Linux
Its simply awesome based on debian

84quantOS
The newest and best OS. It is a operative system capable of runin programs from WINDOWS, MAC OS and UBUNTU.
Not much on this OS as I would like to see, going to test now!

85Matriux Leandros

86CP/M
Yes, the original PC operating system that almost everybody used including Apple, Tandy, DEC, Morrow, and oh yes, it even worked on IBM and the Clones. MSDOS was the bastard child of CP/M and Unix that grew up to spawn Windows and we have not gotten all of the bad behaviour out of it ever since. Much of the technology that became important to mpdern computers was learned on CP/M and S100 machines, whether Z80, 6502, 6809 or even 8080 or 8088. The original non-scientist programmers almost all grew up on CP/M and 5" disks (even 8" maybe).
Is the worst operating system.

87Hybryde Linux

88GEOS

89Mac OS X Mavericks
Most advance operating system
I was very happy with Snow leopard but this is the best, Fast stable, secure.
And its FREE!
Much better than osx moutain lion

90Edubuntu
This os for education, its good but mostly having a problem with devices. Good for thin client operating system.
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91Windows CE
I don't even know man.

92Inferno
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93Data General Command Line Interpreter
The first multiuser operating system of the history, son of CP/M.

94Chromium OS
This is for internet only, it is not recommended when you use to play games, you can play but in browser games only

95Point Linux
Point Linux rocks.
It's based on Debian Stable and has the Mate interface.
Very stable, fast and secure.
Great right out of the box. Easy to install. FREE.
Low learning curve so great for beginners and pros.
Visit Point Linux Website

96Linux Pear OS 8

97SliTaz
I also like the name

98Kylin
If you don't want the NSA to track you, yo umight want to use this.

99BlackBuntu

100Atari OS 4.1

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