Alternatives to Ubuntu for Linux with any license

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  • 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...

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    • 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
    • Debian is not easier as Ubuntu. Linux Mint or openSUSE are better choices than Debian, to replace Ubuntu. Guest • Dec 2016 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...

    Open Source Linux

    • Linux mint support default closed software eg. flash player Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • faster, more responsive and less heavy on resources 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...

    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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    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

    • 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
    • Delivers a beautiful graphical interface. Offers basic apps to play your music, videos and view pictures, designed around 'Less is more'. However, it is still based on Ubuntu, and so it can do the same things. Need advanced functionality? whip out the terminal and install any package supported by Ubuntu. Guest • 5 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...

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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
  • openSUSE icon

    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

  • 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. JohnFastmanJan 2017 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
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    Kubuntu

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

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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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    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...

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  • Remix OS icon

    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...

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  • Gentoo icon

    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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