Yes, there are free complete operating systems. Yes, they are as good as Windows
(if not better), yes they are free to use for life, no “time expired” or “demo version”
And, Yes, they are legal to use, copy and give away like all Free Open-Source Software.
Here are some of the best. They are not “bare-bones” systems, they contain a huge
range of software from installation and are easy to download and install new software
Many of them produce a “Live” CD, so you can boot from your CD and not touch your
Hard-drive. Ideal if you just want to try them out!
Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that showcases the latest in free and open
source software. Fedora is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute.
It is built by people across the globe who work together as a community: the Fedora
Project. The Fedora Project is open and anyone is welcome to join.
“ . . .has now developed into one of the most user-friendly distributions on the
market - complete with a custom desktop and menus, several unique configuration tools,
a web-based package installation interface, and a number of different editions. Perhaps
most importantly, this is one project where the developers and users are in constant
interaction, resulting in dramatic, user-driven improvements with every new release.”
Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for
laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web
browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant messaging and much
OpenSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server.
You can surf the web, manage your e-mails and photos, do office work, play videos
or music and have a lot of fun!