3. Ubuntu Desktop 12.10
Also released in October was plain old Ubuntu 12.10, the client version of Canonical's free and open desktop software. Positioned as a Windows 8 alternative, Ubuntu offers a "setup that's faster than a PC and prettier than a Mac," according to the company's website. The new client delivers an enhanced Unity interface that integrates more tightly with the Web, for instance including digital assets (files, books, music, etc.) from Amazon, Google Play and Drive in clickable search results.