If you are looking for a good alternative to that annoying Windows 8, then I have good news for you.  This particularly applies to AMD folks as my laptop runs on an AMD processor.  The latest Xubuntu is pure bliss on my AMD C-50 Acer 11 inch netbook.  It is high quality, all drivers work.  It is smooth.  I could not ask for anything else.  This is the ultimate distro for me. Windows 8 annoyed me with a lot of bad features such as images and PDF files opening up very slowly as if they are Apps on a smart-phone.  The most annoying thing about Windows 8 is the lack of low battery notification.  It just simply hibernates without warning me to save my stuff.  Absolutely no low battery notification at all.  It’s part of Microsoft’s plan to give you a mobile feeling like an iPad. After installing Xubuntu, all you have to do is go into settings to slow down mouse speed.  After that, it needs nothing else.

Xubuntu is a community‑developed, Ubuntu‑based Linux operating system.

Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Xfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment. Xubuntu is perfect for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks with a modern look and enough features for efficient, daily usage. It works well on older hardware too. To download it, visit http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/  

Linux Mint

best linux distros alternatives http://www.linuxmint.com/edition.php?id=132

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EDITION MULTIMEDIA SUPPORT * WINDOWS INSTALLER
Cinnamon 32-bit 64-bit An edition featuring the Cinnamon desktop Yes Yes
Cinnamon No codecs 32-bit 64-bit A version without multimedia support. For magazines, companies and distributors in the USA, Japan and countries where the legislation allows patents to apply to software and distribution of restricted technologies may require the acquisition of 3rd party licenses*. No Yes
MATE 32-bit 64-bit An edition featuring the MATE desktop Yes Yes
MATE No codecs 32-bit 64-bit A version without multimedia support. For magazines, companies and distributors in the USA, Japan and countries where the legislation allows patents to apply to software and distribution of restricted technologies may require the acquisition of 3rd party licenses*. No Yes
KDE 32-bit 64-bit An edition featuring the KDE desktop Yes No
Xfce 32-bit 64-bit An edition featuring the Xfce desktop Yes No