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  • Ubuntu icon

    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 browser, presentation, document and spreadsheet software, instant...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Ubuntu is free of charge but you can support them by buying a cap, polo, shirt etc. It is a light OS, not buggy, no virus, a beautiful philosophy ! No spyware etc. You can remove the Amazon plugin with the Synaptic Manger linuxienNov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Similar to windows in philosohophy and features, good gateway distro Guest • Yesterday Disagree   Agree
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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 installation and use. Debian is known for strict adherence to the Unix...

    Open Source Linux BSD Self-Hosted

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    • Debian is one of the most stable operating systems ever built, and it supports alot of software 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 distribution ( so Debian based...

    Open Source Linux

    • Already fully supports UEFI SecureBoot, haves perfect user interface (Cinnamon, particularly), does not track every your breath, and, mostly important, it's FREE! Guest • May 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

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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.

    Commercial Mac

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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...

    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 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...

    Open Source BSD Self-Hosted

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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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    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

    • ReactOS is not ready for daily use: it is unfortunately still in alpha. Guest • Jul 2015 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 and strives to maintain 100% binary compatibility with its...

    Open Source Linux

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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.

    Free Linux Android Android Tablet

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Zorin OS

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

    Free Personal Linux

    • Zorin OS is a Linux distribution intended by its creators to look as much as Windows as possible in order to make the Windows-to-Linux transition as easy as possible for beginners. It's not open source though, and I doubt this approach will benefit all that many people. Better go for Linux Mint or Manjaro or Elementary OS and accept there will be a few differences in how things look. JohnFastman14 days ago Disagree   Agree
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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...

    Open Source 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 upgrade to the operating experience! All of this lets deepin become the best partner of your...

    Open Source Linux

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    • 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/
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    Solus

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

    Open Source Linux

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Windows 10 Comments

Beware it can expire and kill itself

Negative Comment by ChaosDrop
about Windows 10 Aug 2016

I did the free upgrade when it first started form windows 7 pro retail and last week the computer I was using it on which is a secondary I rarely use killed itself, or well MS killed it. I didn't use it for a month and a half turned it on got a treating message saying that the "build" had expired (I'm using stable not Insider) and if the system wasn't updated it would shut itself off every couple hours and then stop working all together... It followed through with these threats. I was unable to run the update and it simply failed each time half way through I tired a dozen times and then by the end of the week just as the message said it just booted to a screen that more or less said to reformat the system. So consider this a warning do not use windows 10 on a system that isn't used for long spans of time.

Today I reinstalled windows 7 on the system and thus ends my venture into windows 10. I was mainly keeping it on the secondary computer to check out every once in a while to see how it improved as it updated... Overall you could say I'm very much not impressed.

I've been using Manjaro Linux as my main for some time now and am getting quite comfortable in Linux. Truly I think it's the way of the future at this point and is what I plan on teaching my kids. Windows was my childhood so it dose make me sad to see it go this way, but truly all the best jobs are in Linux, and even as a home OS once you get use to it over windows it's actually quite a bit less stressful.

I'm a mid-core gamer and was pretty iffy going into Linux, but have sense realized that if you are not dead set on playing EVERYTHING everyone is talking about then you will find you have far more then enough very high quality games. As an artist I have found that all my art programs run just fine under a VM, computers are powerful enough now days that even well working on a banner sized painting you just don't notice the system overhead of running a striped down windows XP 64-bit VM. Yes I find XP to be the best windows for VMing for windows programs it is still supported by nearly everything that's not a web browser, you don't want it connected to the internet so no security risk, and you can strip it down to next to nothing.

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Not for laptops -1 Helpful

Negative Comment by AdrienV
about Windows 10 Apr 2016

This OS gives regular and ponctual LAG (latency peak for 2 seconds...) in online games...

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Better than 8.1, yet still needs work. 2 Helpful

Comment by thornecamila
about Windows 10 Mar 2016

I want to be a fan for Win10 (after 8.1, I really needed the upgrade) but I can't overlook the things which are bugging me. It is a very heavy OS and makes me computer slow down a bit, and tries to take decisions for me. Automatic updates are a pain and the fact that the apps cannot be placed in the main screen is a little ridiculous (calendar and weather used to be on my desktop, would like that possibility to return). Don't even get me started on the lack of privacy this OS has...

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Spyware 4 Helpful

Negative Comment by northar
about Windows 10 Jan 2016

Who in their right mind would use this OS. Spyware (hi NSA), shitty dos, doesnt respect other bootloaders etc etc.

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Best OS ever :) -5 Helpful

Positive Comment by Dustter
about Windows 10 Jan 2016

Best OS ever :)

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Not Ready to move to W10

Negative Comment by srgg01
about Windows 10 Nov 2015

Its still same as W8

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Classic Shell should be integrated, many disadvantages 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by em4020
about Windows 10 and Classic Shell Aug 2015

Many Disadvantages of Windows 10:

  • The start-menu of Windows 10 is unusable. If You install Classic Shell you have the very good start-menu from Windows 7 with printers and autostart group again
  • I miss the autostart group in the start-menu of Windows 10 without "Classic Shell"
  • In Windows 10 I cannot change the name of the local "OneDrive"-Folder to "OD" to avoid very long path-names, in Windows 8.1 I could
  • I had to reinstall SafeSync for Enterprise from a msi-Setup-File after Upgrading from Win 8.1 to Win 10 64bit Home, all other programs worked again without new installation
  • I would never use Edge instead of the better Firefox portable, because Edge has no plug-ins or add-ons: In the add-ons it currently looks rather poor. Microsoft has been announced that there will be extensions, and that even the existing add-ons for other browsers will work in Edge. When this will be the case, however, is not certain.
  • Windows 10 has so many disadvantages, that it is necessary to integrate a Uservoice-Feedback-platform, where users can suggest and vote about ideas to improve Windows 10. I miss an integrated Uservoice-Feedback-platform in Windows 10.
  • It is annoing, that the Windows-10-UAC asks everytime, when I open a portable app, if this app is secure. I miss a setting, where I only one time can declare a new portable app as "secure". I do not like apps, which must be installed, I prefer Liberkey portable apps.
  • Network-Drives defined with SUBST are not visible in many apps and dialogs in Windows 10. This is annoing, because I use "Index Your Files" portable (IYF) for searching files in big networks with SUBST-drive-letters instead of long network-paths.

Advantage of Windows 10 compared with Windows 8.1

  • Symbols of programs in the task-bar, which are opened, are underlined now in white. So it is easier to avoid second instances of apps and programs.
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A commercial trojan 4 Helpful

Negative Comment by Azrael
about Windows 10 Aug 2015

If you want to assist the US government in its quest for world domination or if you need a technological superego that constantly checks, watches and profiles everything you do and reports all of your activity to malicious institutions, then this trojan disguised as an operating system is the perfect choice for you. All others who still understand what freedom means should seriously consider switching to alternatives or stick with older versions of Windows (beware of the telemetry and spyware updates for Win7/8).

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Still not Moving to 8 or 10...

Comment by realnabarl
about Windows 10 and Windows 8, Windows 7 Jan 2015

I like the UI of Windows 7. Windows 8 and 10 use Metro UI, which looks quite boring.

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No use for it.

Negative Comment by gungnam
about Windows 10 and Debian Dec 2014

I keep returning to Debian, over and over.
The fact how much binary applications are available.
The fact that they are rolling and acceptably stable (testing).
The fact, how easy to update and how easy packages are available.
It sure lacks graphical tools here and there, but with projects like Sparky and LMDE - its solved.

Ah, yes, not using any windows since Vista. Especially when they recently captured Nokia, destroyed it by Elop Burning platform speech, and now they attempt to bury the brand totally - they try to call Lumia a windows phone. No sign of "Nokia".

This is their way of doing business. It always was since ages. Even if one looks at OpenGL and DX, even all way back to Gary Kildall NDA lie and then murder.

Started my carrier with MSDos5.0 and windows 3.11 by the way.

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Windows 10

Negative Comment by deriidf
about Windows 10 and Ubuntu Dec 2014

I'm waiting Ubuntu 15.10

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