Alternatives to Linux Mint for all platforms with any license

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    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...

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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...

    Open Source Linux BSD Self-Hosted

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    • Mint and other Ubuntu-based Linuxes are actually all based themselves on Debian "under-the-hood". So Debian is compatible with these and so might be a good alternative for that reason (e.g. uses .deb files to install software). However, Debian is less user-friendly and, in my experience, can be a headache to install. On the plus side, it's rock solid stable and therefore a good choice for servers as long as you keep it up to date for security purposes. JohnFastmanDec 2016 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...

    Open Source Linux

    • Arch linux is a difficult to get into distro for beginners or even average users because it requires a detailed knowledge of how you want the system setup and to be able to do this from the command line prompt. However, for those wanting an Arch-based distro that is even more user friendly than Mint, try Manjaro: comes in many different flavours, works "out-of-the-box" all times I've tried it, has faster responses to security vulnerabilities and has great community support. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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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...

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    elementary OS

    elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu . elementary OS ships with a carefully curated selection of apps that...

    Open Source Linux

    • For a long time Linux Mint has been considered ideal for beginners because 1) it's 100% Ubuntu-compatible (and therefore enjoys large community support and compatibility with many apps) and because it's "user-friendly"-focused. Elementary achieves all the same goals using an even more user friendly user interface. Mint servers were also hacked in early 2016, so take from that what you will. 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...

    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...

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    • FreeBSD is unlikely to be a good replacement for Linux Mint because, 1) it's not a type of Linux but of BSD, which is a very distant relative; 2) it is not as user-friendly or beginner-friendly; 3) is likely to have a much narrower range of software and drivers available for the average user to keep happy. However, FreeBSD is likely to be more secure than Mint and other Ubuntu-derived Linux OSes. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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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...

    Open Source Linux

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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...

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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...

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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

    • Tails is for dissidents/activists and everyone else who needs superb privacy. Everything else is basically ignored by tails. Its the worst of all alternatives to ubuntu. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree

Linux Mint Comments

Cool Mint

Positive Comment by devmark
about Linux Mint Dec 2016

I've been using Mint for a few years now and can't image moving away from it anytime soon. I've also found it to be very stable on the laptops/desktops I've run it on. And most importantly I've never had any wireless driver issues, which were the bane of my life on Linux before I came across Mint (or Ubuntu).

Cinnamon all the way!

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MATE is the only good development from Minty land

Positive Comment by ohmyno
about Linux Mint Apr 2016

Gnome World Domination!!

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gets better and better.

Positive Comment by reddot
about Linux Mint and MATE, Ubuntu, Debian Sep 2015

i started my journey with ubuntu 10.04 5 years ago. I love mate, im using currently linux mint 17.2 mate for my laptop and desktop, i dont use anything else. both pcs work flawlessly, i have no problems to report. most users will be interested in cinnamon, mint offers you several de to choose from, cinnamon, mate, xfce and kde. you can install any other de even if not supported, like openbox. the point is youre not forced into one de like windows or mac. dont like mint? no problem look in distrowatch.com and start "distro hopping" everyone does at some point in gnu journey. BTW its really easy to learn mint, and fun too.

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Very buggy

Negative Comment by rindeal
about Linux Mint Jan 2014

I've installed it on three different laptops and everytime it was slow and buggy. Animations when switching between windows were rather laggy and often the apps included stopped reacting or didn't start at all.

If it works smoothly for someone, then cg!

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Best newbie-friendly Linux out there!

Positive Comment by Urayamashi
about Linux Mint Aug 2013

I was lookin for some Linux on my notebook, cuz I've had enough of that Windows machinery. I tried almost every popular and well-known Linux distribution - Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE, Debian and I don't know what else. But Mint, that was pure love.

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Nice distro. Use it daily. However, I have a feeling that t ...

Comment by runical1991
about Linux Mint Jun 2011

Nice distro. Use it daily. However, I have a feeling that the screenshots are a bit outdated. Linux Mint 10 doesn't use the green standard scheme anymore but uses a metallic scheme instead.

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Absolutely easy to use, wonderful distribution. I'd recomme ...

Comment by thelivingded
about Linux Mint Jun 2011

Absolutely easy to use, wonderful distribution. I'd recommend it to any newbies, or anyone really of any skill level.

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By far, my favorite OS. I tried Ubuntu on multiple occasion ...

Comment by evan
about Linux Mint Jun 2011

By far, my favorite OS. I tried Ubuntu on multiple occasions and just couldn't get a feel for it. IMHO, Ubuntu's interface is ugly and I don't like spending any more time than I have to getting it setup into a working state that I prefer. Mint is all the good of Ubuntu with little/none of the bad.

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The best linux distro! Everything you will ever need is al ...

Comment by thewilson
about Linux Mint Jun 2011

The best linux distro! Everything you will ever need is already in there, video codecs, flash, and all that other stuff Ubuntu doesn't like including. Gets you up and going easily out of the box. Heck, it'll even tell you when there are proprietary codecs available for your hardware that run better than the ones included. Don't skip it!

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