Windows 7 is being released on October 22, 2009. It is going to cost around $200. This is a lot of money for an operating system that a lot of people have issues with. Instead of throwing your hard earn cash on Windows maybe you should look into alternatives that are available to you. Linux is an operating system that you can download for absolutely free and allows you to do most of the things you would do in Windows. There is no catch and no one will block the software to extort money from you. The operating system comes with great free software that allows you to surf the web, write documents, play video, edit music, graphic design, games and much more. There are already millions of people using Linux all over the world and more individuals are switching over. Maybe you should explore your options before purchasing Windows 7. You will find that Linux has tons of software and they are of good quality. Even proprietary applications are used on Linux and because the operating system is being adopted by so many users companies are taking notice. To try Linux all you have to do is download an image file off the Internet and burn it on a CD. You can use the Live CD without influencing your Windows setup. This will allow you to see certain features and give you a preview of the Linux OS. A lot of individuals have installed Linux and are questioning themselves how come they were paying so much for software previously. If you are interested in exploring an alternative to Windows 7 then check out the top Linux distributions websites below.