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...

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    Windows 7

    Windows 7 is the successor to Windows Vista . The new OS introduces a compelling combination of...

    Commercial Windows

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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...

    Open Source Linux

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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...

    Open Source Linux

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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...

    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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    Windows 10

    Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems To...

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    Windows 8

    Windows 8 is a operating system that is optimized for tablets, desktops and hybrid devices. It features the new Modern UI (formerly...

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    elementary OS

    elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .

    Open Source Linux

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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....

    Open Source Linux Self-Hosted Debian

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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...

    Open Source Linux

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    FreeBSD

    FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including Pentium® and Athlon™), amd64 compatible (including...

    Open Source BSD Self-Hosted

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    Lubuntu

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

    Open Source Linux

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    SteamOS

    SteamOS is a Debian based Linux distribution designed to run Valve's Steam and Steam games....

    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...

    Open Source Windows

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    Kubuntu

    Kubuntu is an official "flavor" of Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop environment instead of the default...

    Open Source Linux

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    Manjaro Linux

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

    Open Source Linux

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    Gentoo

    Gentoo Linux is a versatile, fast, highly configurable and completely free Linux distribution geared towards developers and network...

    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...

    Open Source Haiku

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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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    Red Hat

    Red Hat is the leader in development, deployment, and management of Linux and open source solutions for Internet infrastructure -...

    Commercial Linux

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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

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    Puppy Linux

    Linux is a free operating system, and Puppy Linux is a special build of Linux meant to make computing easy and fast.

    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...

    Open Source Linux

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    SliTaz

    SliTaz GNU/Linux LiveCD operating system. "SliTaz is a free operating system, working completely in RAM and booting from...

    Open Source Linux

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    TrueOS

    TrueOS is a user friendly desktop Operating System based on FreeBSD . Known widely for its...

    Open Source BSD FreeBSD

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    OpenBSD

    The OpenBSD project produces a FREE, multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system. Our efforts emphasize portability...

    Open Source BSD

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    Zorin OS

    A friendly Linux Distro that will make the switch to Linux as seamingless as possible while still innovating.

    Free Personal Linux

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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...

    Open Source Linux

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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....

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    Antergos

    Antergos, as its father, Arch Linux , is a rolling release distro. Offering a choice of several...

    Open Source Linux

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    Trisquel

    Trisquel is a computer operating system, a GNU Linux distribution, derived from another distribution, Ubuntu, which is derived from...

    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

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    Knoppix

    Knoppix is an operating system based on Debian designed to be run directly from a CD / DVD (Live CD) or a USB key (Live USB), one of...

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Ubuntu Comments

Richard Stallman Says The Truth 1 Helpful

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

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?

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

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.

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 ...

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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