Wacom chose Windows 8 operating system for the Cintiq Companion since it is designed for touch. Windows® 7 doesn’t fully support touch capabilities. Apple OS X does not run on these devices. Apple does not make their operating system available to other manufacturers. Linux was not a viable option since the Cintiq Companion creative tablets are designed for professionals who primarily use Adobe Photoshop® or Autodesk® software, which runs on Macs and PCs.