Top Five Best Operating Systems We Saw in 2015

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2015 saw the release of some new operating systems that were / are offered to the public as a free upgrade. These operating systems boast improved performance, design, and security. You have the option to download it from the company’s website or their online store. Following are some of the best operating systems that you can consider, to upgrade to.

1. Windows 10

Released by Microsoft Corporation, the Windows NT family operating system is available to the users as a free upgrade, as long as they have a genuine version of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. The user interface is designed to handle both mouse-oriented and touchscreen-optimized devices. Users will also receive updates on a regular basis. Microsoft has replaced Internet Explorer with a new browser called Edge in Windows 10. Following are some of the other features of Windows 10.

  • The Start menu is more organized and personal. It has most used apps listed on the right side and all apps list on the left side, along with File Explorer, Settings, and Locations on your PC.
  • It is a personal assistant app called Cortana. You can use it to set up a meeting, send an email or search for a file.
  • The Operating System supports biometric authentication.
  • The Enterprise version has security features like Device Guard and automatic encryption.
  • The new parental control system called Microsoft Family has features like creating a designated family to monitor and restrict internet usage by children, getting an email report about their online activities, and so on.

2. OS X El Capitan

Developed by Apple, the operating system is available to users as a free upgrade via Mac App Store. OS X El Capitan focuses mainly on stability, security, and performance. The operating system can be installed on all Macintosh computers that have the ability to run OS X Mavericks / Yosemite. Following are some of the features of the operating system.

  • Apps can be launched 40 percent faster. Switching between apps and images in Mail is two times faster.
  • Maximum allocation of VRAM is 1536 MB on Macs with an Intel HD 4000 GPU processor.
  • Apple’s graphics API Metal is supported by the operating system, to optimize game performances and other professional apps.
  • The new security feature called System Integrity Protection (SIP) protects the system  efficiently.
  • Two windows can be snapped side by side for split view creation. Also, users can just shake the mouse to enlarge the pointer.
  • Users can mark or delete emails with the help of multi-touch.

3. Chrome OS

Developed by Google, Chrome OS is based on Linux Kernel. It works well with web applications. The latest version of the operating system was released on December 15, 2015. The operating system is built upon Chromium OS, which is an open source project. Chromebit, an HDMI dongle that runs the Chrome OS, when connected to a TV’s HDMI slot or a computer monitor, it will turn the device’s display into a personal computer. Following are some of the features of Chrome OS.

  • It supports dual monitor set-ups.
  • It supports running Android applications (native).
  • Auto updates and sandbox features help to reduce malware exposure.

4. Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf)

Developed by Canonical Ltd. And Ubuntu community, Ubuntu is a Linux operating system based on Debian. Unity is used as its default desktop environment. It is an open-source project, you can download and install it for free. It can also be installed alongside other operating systems. Following are some of the features of Ubuntu 15.10.

  • The operating system is based on Linux Kernel 4.2, making it compatible with AMD GPU driver, and lots of other new drivers.
  • The new version of Unity allows a lot of new functions, like dragging and dropping apps to the desktop from the dash to create shortcuts, preventing ‘shutdown’ of the computer when the screen is locked, and so on.
  • It has the latest version of Firefox, LibreOffice, Chromium, Totem, Nautilus, Rhythmbox, GNOME terminal, Eye of Gnome, Empathy, and Shotwell.

5. Solaris 11.3

Developed by Oracle Corporation, it is a Unix operating system. Solaris operating system is for servers and workstations. It is perfect for supporting a large number of CPUs, as well as for symmetric multiprocessing. Companies like Dell, IBM, Intel, HP and Fujitsu Siemens support Solaris for their x86 servers. The operating system can be installed from pre-packaged software bundles or physical media or from a network. Following are some of the features of the operating system.

  • The built-in security essentials of Solaris will help to protect the applications against malware.
  • It ensures solid compliance for all the IT operations.
  • The new version of OpenStack (Juno) supports extra network topologies and console access from the dashboard.

Except for Solaris, all the other operating systems listed above are perfect for personal computers. All of them can be installed easily. You can rent a laptop / server that is installed with any of these operating systems first, try out the features, and then decide to buy it.

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