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  • Ubuntu icon

    Ubuntu

    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...

    Open Source Linux

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    Debian

    Debian is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. It is distributed with access to repositories containing thousands of software packages ready for installation and use. Debian is known for strict adherence to the Unix...

    Open Source Linux BSD Self-Hosted

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    Linux Mint

    Linux Mint is an elegant, easy to use, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution. Linux Mint is an Ubuntu -based distribution ( so Debian based...

    Open Source Linux

    • Elementary OS and Linux Mint are both Ubuntu (and therefore Debian) derivatives. Both community distros. Both use .deb packages. The difference will be primarily in the default desktop you get (Mint comes with Cinnamon by default) but you can easily install whatever desktop you want anyway. JohnFastmanJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    Arch Linux

    Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with...

    Open Source Linux

    • Arch linux is a difficult distro for beginner or even intermediate users as it requires detailed system knowledge and how to set everything from the command line. If you want an Arch-based distro that is even more user friendly than Mint, try Manjaro. It comes with a wide choice of desktop environments, almost always works "out-of-the-box", has faster responses to security vulnerabilities and has great community support. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Windows 10

    Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems To encourage its adoption, Microsoft announced that during its first year of availability, Windows 10...

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    Fedora

    The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat , open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives. The goal of The Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Fedora MIGHT be a good Elementary OS. Fedora's 2016 release is its most polished and usable version yet. But if you're looking for an Ubuntu-, Debian- or any kind of distro suitable for complete beginners, Fedora shoots just a little wide of the mark. Try Elementary, Mint, Kubuntu or even Manjaro (yes, you hard that right: they're very beginner friendly these days). JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Xubuntu

    Xubuntu is a lightweight variant of Ubuntu that uses the Xfce desktop environment, which is designed for low-powered computers. Whether you use it at home, at school or at work, Xubuntu is prepackaged with all the applications...

    Open Source Linux Self-Hosted Debian

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    FreeBSD

    FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including Pentium® and Athlon™), amd64 compatible (including Opteron™, Athlon™64, and EM64T), ARM, IA-64, PowerPC, PC-98 and UltraSPARC® architectures. It is...

    Open Source BSD Self-Hosted

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    openSUSE

    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. The openSUSE distribution is a stable, easy to use and complete multi-purpose distribution. It is aimed towards users and developers working on...

    Open Source Linux

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    Kubuntu

    Kubuntu is an official "flavor" of Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment instead of the default GNOME . This gives it a completely different look and feel. Kubuntu is an operating system built by a worldwide...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Kubuntu and Elementary OS are basically both Ubuntu under the hood but with different desktops. Kubuntu's Plasma is more complex and customizable, Elementary OS comes with something that aims at the look and feel of MacOS. Take your pick. JohnFastmanJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    ReactOS

    ReactOS is a free, modern operating system in alpha stage, based on the design of Windows XP/2003. Written completely from scratch, it aims to follow the Windows architecture designed by Microsoft from the hardware level right through...

    Open Source Windows

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    Manjaro Linux

    Manjaro Linux is a desktop-oriented, user-friendly distribution based on Arch Linux.

    Open Source Linux

    • Elementary OS is certainly beginner-friendly. It enjoys a great, easy-to-use UI and Ubuntu compatibility. Don't commit to it before considering Manjaro, though. Manjaro is based on the ultra-difficult Arch, but it's made super user friendly by the Manjaro guys, has huge software repositories and great community support. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Remix OS

    Remix OS is an innovative Android-based operating system engineered to be equally adept on mobile and desktop devices.

    Free Linux Android Android Tablet

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    Gentoo

    Gentoo Linux is a versatile, fast, highly configurable and completely free Linux and FreeBSD distribution geared towards developers and network professionals. Gentoo is a rolling release distro (continuously developing, don't...

    Open Source Linux BSD FreeBSD

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    Tails

    Tails is a Debian based live CD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user.

    Open Source Linux

    • Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu, which is based on Debian. But it's aimed at ease-of-use and convenience of the sort those new to Linux would most appreciate. Tails is also Debian based, but its aim is to provide a super privacy-oriented setup that leaves no traces of what you've been doing. Very different. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    CentOS

    CentOS is a community-supported, free and open source operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It exists to provide a free enterprise class computing platform and strives to maintain 100% binary compatibility with its...

    Open Source Linux

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    Raspbian

    Raspbian is a free operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and optimised for the Raspberry Pi hardware (the armhf processor architecture).

    Open Source Linux Raspberry Pi

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    Chromium OS

    Google Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work exclusively with web applications. The only application on the operating system is a web browser, which includes a media player. The user interface takes a...

    Open Source Linux

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    Haiku

    Haiku is a new open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the BeOS, Haiku is fast, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful.

    Open Source Haiku

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    Ubuntu MATE

    Ubuntu Mate is a stable, easy-to-use operating system with a configurable desktop environment. Ideal for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor. With modest...

    Open Source Linux

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    Red Hat

    Red Hat is the leader in development, deployment, and management of Linux and open source solutions for Internet infrastructure - ranging from embedded devices to secure Web servers. Red Hat was founded in 1994 by visionary...

    Commercial Linux

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    OpenBSD

    The OpenBSD project produces a FREE, multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system. Our efforts emphasize portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security and integrated cryptography. * OpenBSD runs on many...

    Open Source BSD

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    Antergos

    Antergos, as its father, Arch Linux , is a rolling release distro. It started life under the name of Cinnarch, combining the Cinnamon desktop with the Arch Linux distribution, but the project has...

    Open Source Linux

    • Both Antergos and Manjaro are rolling distros based on Arch. Manjaro enjoys wider support and a more polished out-of-the-box experience. Elementary OS is suitable particularly for Linux newcomers. Contrary to what most people expect, I would recommend Manjaro for beginners too, but Antergos less. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • TrueOS icon

    TrueOS

    TrueOS is a user friendly desktop Operating System based on FreeBSD . Known widely for its stability and security in server environments, FreeBSD provides an excellent base on which to build a...

    Open Source BSD FreeBSD

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    SliTaz

    SliTaz GNU/Linux LiveCD operating system. "SliTaz is a free operating system, working completely in RAM and booting from removable media such as a cdrom or USB key. SliTaz is distributed as a LiveCD, and weighs less than 30MB....

    Open Source Linux

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    Qubes OS

    Qubes is an open source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing.

    Open Source Linux

    • Elementary OS is an Ubuntu-based distro with an emphasis on a very user-friendly experience, which is great for beginners. Qubes OS is a Debian-based distro that aims at the best possible security through an elaborate setup involving ephemeral virtual machines. Very different and excellent, but definitely not beginner-friendly. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Slackware

    Slackware Linux is an advanced Linux operating system, designed with the twin goals of ease of use and stability as top priorities. Including the latest popular software while retaining a sense of tradition, providing simplicity and...

    Open Source Linux

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    Ubuntu GNOME

    Ubuntu GNOME is an official flavour of Ubuntu , featuring the GNOME desktop environment. Ubuntu GNOME (formerly Ubuntu GNOME Remix) is a mostly pure...

    Open Source Linux

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    Ubuntu Server

    The leading platform for scale-out computing, Ubuntu Server helps you make the most of your infrastructure. Whether you want to deploy an OpenStack cloud, a Hadoop cluster or a 50,000-node render farm, Ubuntu Server delivers the best...

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    Deepin

    Deepin is a reinterpretation to creativity and individuality. It is not only a rebirth to the system appearance, but also a brand-new upgrade to the operating experience! All of this lets deepin become the best partner of your...

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    • Warning Deepin is an attractive-looking Linux distro, but there have been concerns about their failure to issue security updates, including for some very important problems found in the Linux kernel. See here: https://www.reddit.com/r/linux/comments/58zyqi/deepin_os_gorgeous_de_but_0_security/
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    Solus

    Solus Operating System is a Linux distribution built from scratch, exclusively for desktop systems.

    Open Source Linux

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elementary OS Comments

Sharp & Cool

Positive Comment by dkreider
about elementary OS May 2015

Pretty slick distro. fast, good looking and definetely beats Ubuntu

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One of the best linux distros

Positive Comment by cpfotiadis
about elementary OS Mar 2014

elementary OS is a very nice operating system with promising future, i really like this OS!!

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