Alternatives to Ubuntu for Linux 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...

    Open Source Linux BSD Self-Hosted

    • 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.
      JohnFastman13 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • Linux Mint icon

    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
  • Arch Linux icon

    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.
      JohnFastman13 days ago 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 goal of The Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community...

    Open Source Linux

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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.
      JohnFastman11 days ago Disagree   Agree
  • Xubuntu icon

    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

    • 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

  • SteamOS icon

    SteamOS

    A Debian-based Linux distribution designed to run Valve's Steam and Steam games.

    Open Source Linux

  • Lubuntu icon

    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.
      JohnFastman13 days ago Disagree   Agree
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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
  • Kubuntu icon

    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

    • 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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    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...

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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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    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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    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

  • Chromium OS icon

    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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    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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    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

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

  • SliTaz icon

    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.
      JohnFastman11 days ago 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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    Solus

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

    Open Source Linux

  • Zorin OS icon

    Zorin OS

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

    Free Personal Linux

  • Ubuntu Server icon

    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...

    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

  • KDE neon icon

    KDE neon

    KDE neon is a Kubuntu-based Linux distribution and live DVD featuring the latest KDE Plasma desktop and other KDE community software. Besides the installable DVD image, the project provides a rapidly-evolving software repository with...

    Open Source Linux

  • Deepin icon

    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...

    Open Source Linux

    • 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/
  • Trisquel icon

    Trisquel

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

    Open Source Linux

  • CoreOS icon

    CoreOS

    CoreOS is a new Linux distribution that has been rearchitected to provide features needed to run modern infrastructure stacks. The strategies and architectures that influence CoreOS allow companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter to...

    Free Linux

  • ArchBang icon

    ArchBang

    ArchBang is a simple GNU/Linux rolling release distribution which provides you with a lightweight Arch Linux system combined with the Openbox Window Manager. Suitable for both desktop and portable...

    Open Source Linux

  • Knoppix icon

    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 the first of its kind for any operating system. When starting a program, it is loaded from the...

    Free Linux

  • Cub Linux icon

    Cub Linux

    Cub Linux combines the best of Chromium and Ubuntu Linux. Hence: Cub = Chromium + Ubuntu. Cub Linux is an operating system that combines the best of aspects of the Chromium browser (speed, Google integration, web apps) with the...

    Free Linux

    • Discontinued Official website inaccessible, more details at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cub_Linux#History