Alternatives to Ubuntu for all platforms with any license

  • Debian icon

    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...

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    • Debian is not easier as Ubuntu. Linux Mint or openSUSE are better choices than Debian, to replace Ubuntu. Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Ubuntu and it's derivatives (Mint, Kubuntu, KDE Neon, ElementaryOS, Xubuntu, Lubuntu) are all based on Debian. All are compatible with .deb software packages. All are easier than Ubuntu to setup. But Debian has a greater loyalty to the ideals of free and open source software. JohnFastmanJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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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

    • faster, more responsive and less heavy on resources Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Linux mint support default closed software eg. flash player Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Linux mint is literally based off the Ubuntu OS. The only significant different is its skin gives it a more windows-y feel Guest • Jun 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 manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with...

    Open Source Linux

    • Arch is not a distro for Linux beginners: you really have to know what you're doing to set it up and keep it ticking over. Ubuntu is beginner friendly. However, check out Manjaro - that's Arch-based but done in a user friendly way that's maybe even friendlier than Ubuntu. JohnFastmanJan 2017 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...

    Commercial Windows

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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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    macOS

    macOS is a Unix-based operating system developed and marketed by Apple Inc., Designed to run on Macintosh computers.

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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 cater to every day needs so you can spend more time using your...

    Open Source Linux

    • Elementary and Ubuntu are Debian-based Linux distros. Elementary OS is based on Ubuntu. Different UIs (Elementary uses Pantheon, Ubuntu uses Unity). If it work on Ubuntu, it will work on Elementary. But Elementary are a team of designers and lag behind in terms of security. It's also oversimplistic for anyone but complete beginners in Linux. JohnFastmanJan 2017 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...

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    • Xubuntu is Ubuntu in almost every way. The difference is that instead of Ubuntu's Unity desktop, you get the XFCE desktop, which - in my opinion - is much better. But it's certainly faster on older/slower computers. 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 distribution. It is aimed towards users and developers working on...

    Open Source Linux

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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...

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    Lubuntu

    Lubuntu is a faster, more lightweight and energy saving variant of Ubuntu using LXDE, the lightweight X11 Desktop Environment.

    Open Source Linux

    • Lubuntu is Ubuntu, but instead of Canonical's Unity desktop environment it comes with LXDE, which is simpler and ligher on resources and therefore more suitable for older/slower computers. That's it. JohnFastmanJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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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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    • All Ubuntu-like, with the AWESOME K Desktop Enviroment Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Kubuntu is simply Ubuntu with the KDE Plasma desktop environment instead of Unity. KDE Plasma is a very well thought-through, modern and highly configurable desktop environment that beats Windows 10 and OSX hands down. Note: KDE Plasma (and hence Kubuntu) might not run smoothly on quite old/slow computers. JohnFastmanDec 2016 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

    • Manjaro Linux has got the point where it's more user friendly than Ubuntu, in my opinion. Particularly in the XFCE (official) and MATE (community) builds, the pamac/pacman package manager is utterly great to use and draws software not just from Manjaro repositories but from Arch's AUR, which has something like 60k+ software apps. Despite being based on Arch, Manjaro is very user-friendly and the community support is fantastic. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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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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    Remix OS

    Remix OS is an innovative Android-based operating system engineered to be equally adept on mobile and desktop devices. Given its lightweight size and system requirements, Remix OS for PC is well suited to be installed on a USB...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    • Red Hat is stronger and more secure and also faster Guest • Aug 2015 Disagree   Agree
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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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    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

    • Qubes OS is an excellent project. However it is not a good alternative to Ubuntu for those who need a simple or use-friendly Linux. Qubes is a much more secure operating system than is Ubuntu, but it does this through a system of virtual machines, which is not perhaps easy for beginners. Ubuntu is better for those who are just starting with Linux. Consider also Manjaro or one of the Ubuntu derivatives, like Kubuntu or Xubuntu. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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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

    • There are 2 types of Linux distros: Long-term releases (updates when updates are stable) and rolling (updates when updates are ready). Ubuntu updates when the update is table. Antergos, as soon as an update is ready. Antergos is Arch based, Ubuntu based on Debian - arguably the biggest difference. JohnFastmanJan 2017 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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    Solus

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

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Ubuntu Comments

Richard Stallman Says The Truth 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by arkadiydeliev
about Ubuntu Aug 2016

Listen to the great Richard Stallman and download a truly FLOSS operating system. You could go with gNewSense or just Debian, but get rid of this 'convenient' piece of crap under the name of Ubuntu. Respect yourself and the freedom of people!

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Not as good as before

Negative Comment by impossible
about Ubuntu and elementary OS, Antergos, Linux Mint Nov 2013

I don't like running Ubuntu, not for a while now. It has a lot of other crap I do not want either. But there are good Ubuntu alternatives.

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12.04... rock solid? 1 Helpful

Comment by wormwood
about Ubuntu Sep 2012

I like Ubuntu, really really like it, but each install I have lots of problems. Touchpad works fine for a couple of minutes, then it freezes. ctr+alt+f1 and ctrl+alt+f7 so it can work again. Lots of workarounds for a simple touchpad to work. When rebooting, after some driver updates and other stuff it requests (nvidia, libraries, gnu+whatever) it freezes before it is supposed to load the cursor, and screen keeps purple forever. Then, in recovery mode, it just runs a series of numbers every 30 seconds and stays like that. When I reinstall, same thing again. So I'm back to my old WinXP, waiting for the next release, and see if they fix anything so I can install it and work nicely with my lenovo t410.

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Good OS 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by lizhaofeng1998
about Ubuntu May 2012

Ubuntu is a excellent Linux distribution. It's fast, open-source and has a nice UI. Ubuntu will replace Windows one day.

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I think that 11.10 has just raised the bar for linux distros.

Positive Comment by flyingfisch
about Ubuntu Dec 2011

Very fast, clean desktop, lots of apps, drivers downloaded during installation, it couldn't get better. Very user-friendly.

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Absolutely a great GNU/Linux distribution, especially for n ... 1 Helpful

Comment by thelivingded
about Ubuntu Jun 2011

Absolutely a great GNU/Linux distribution, especially for newbies. Everything "just works", exactly the way you want it to.

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I think that the Mac OS X is the best alternative... but Ub ...

Comment by thebadwolf
about Ubuntu Jun 2011

I think that the Mac OS X is the best alternative... but Ubuntu being free is my number one choice. Absolutely in love with Ubuntu.

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Have you tried SuperOS or LinuxMint? (I like SuperOS more) ...

Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu Jun 2011

Have you tried SuperOS or LinuxMint? (I like SuperOS more) and have they also had the crashing problem that you mention? Just for comparison, because that is mostly what I have used. I rarely if ever use flat Ubuntu. For portability on my USB sticks I use Slitaz or Austrumi, but haven't had a problem with either of them.

I actually can find repositories that have all of the programs I use. So I dont usually need to compile them, but there are a few games and programs that I have compiled because there is no other way to get them installed. (at least not with the latest version) and How you talked about the single click RPM creation, there are a few programs that do that for DEBs as well. (i think its like debreate and a few others) but I personnaly have not tried them yet.

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For the Screen dimming. On my Gateway laptop I have never h ...

Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu Jun 2011

For the Screen dimming. On my Gateway laptop I have never had that happen, but on a friend of mines HP it does, but that was with an older version of Ubuntu the newer ones didnt do that.

All in all, glad that you found a linux OS that you like though. Thats one nice thing about there being so many Distros. I have only minimally tried OpenSUSE, maybe one of these days I can spend more time testing it, and see how it is. One reason why I stuck with Ubuntu based is because I do a lot of studio work, and I like PureDyne and Ubuntu Studio, because they have the real-time kernels and other optimizations, and pre-configurations that help me quickly do what I need to do. Is there a OpenSUSE based derivative that is similar to those studio based versions that you know of?

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Oh did I say bug? The most annoying bug that I hate in Ubun ...

Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu Jun 2011

Oh did I say bug? The most annoying bug that I hate in Ubuntu is screen brightness auto configuration. every time I turn on the machine the screen brightness automatically becomes dim, and I have to adjust it.
Did you say report bugs? I can't even remember how many times I have reported a bug or tried to report a bug and found out it has been reported by many many others! now this is not something bad, it is actually good. it means that the system is getting better! But when I found a bug has been reported a long time ago many times but it has not been fixed yet I find this really disappointing.

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by short updates I don't mean updates that are small! what ...

Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu Jun 2011

by short updates I don't mean updates that are small! what I mean is shortage of efficient updates and most importantly shortage of update support! 18 month of support couldn't be that bad, but when there you are stuck with an old system and annoying bugs, the only option is to upgrade. But if users are going to upgrade in, then there should be a safe rout to do so. I mys self had the bad experience of upgrading and losing data, although I was prepared and had a backup plan, and I turned the loss of data just to a loss of time. but still this is not a very convenient way to be up to date.
Exactly! Beta ware! and it is the nature of Debian based systems. If Ubuntu was RPM based, probably it would have been more stable. But that is what Ubuntu is and there is nothing to do about it.

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About compiling, you as a Linux user should know that it is ...

Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu Jun 2011

About compiling, you as a Linux user should know that it is very important to build the software from source, specially when there are no binaries available. I personally compile most applications, because then I get a good application which is totally compatible with my system structure. Linux users who compile applications know what I am talking about, when it comes to Debain in general. In Ubuntu I can only compile half of the applications successfully unlike OpenSUSE, that I can easily compile almost anything. you will be surprised to hear that I have even compiled some Windows applications under SUSE, and they have worked. It is truly powerful. Besides there is a powerful RPM building package that I can use to build single click RPM packages to share the applications I like with my friends. Debian packaging system is a joke, and can not be compared to RPM.

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By the way, at the moment that I'm writing this post, I'm s ...

Comment by ilgaar
about Ubuntu Jun 2011

By the way, at the moment that I'm writing this post, I'm still testing Ubuntu.
Nothing special about this, but just to let you know.

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and again here is the rest that was cutoff::There is a long ...

Comment by Aaron
about Ubuntu Jun 2011

and again here is the rest that was cutoff::

There is a long list of Do's and Dont's for all of the OS's. I find Ubuntu to be the most stable and secure OS that I have used. I can configure it easier and in more ways than I ever could in Windows. I have used Windows for about 18 years and various distributions of Ubuntu for about 3 years. I have not used a Mac that much but, I don't like that Macs are only legally installed on a mac system. So I don't use Macs. I have a Gateway FX laptop currently and Prefer its configuration over most Macs.

So besides blunt comments what experience have you had with ubuntu?

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