Alternatives to Windows Vista for all platforms with any license

  • Ubuntu icon


    Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the...

    Open Source Linux

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    Windows 7

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

    Commercial Windows

  • Debian icon


    Debian is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. It is distributed with access to repositories containing thousands of...

    Open Source Linux BSD Self-Hosted

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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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    Windows 10

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

    Commercial Windows

  • Fedora icon


    The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat , open for general participation, led by a meritocracy...

    Open Source Linux

  • macOS icon


    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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    Windows 8

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

    Commercial Windows

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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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    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

  • FreeBSD icon


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

    Open Source BSD Self-Hosted

  • SteamOS icon


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

    Open Source Linux

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    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 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

  • 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...

    Open Source Linux

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    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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    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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    Raspbian is a free operating system based on Debian GNU/Linux and optimised for the Raspberry Pi hardware (the armhf processor...

    Open Source Linux Raspberry Pi

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

    Open Source Linux

  • TrueOS icon


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

    Open Source BSD FreeBSD

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

    Open Source BSD

  • Deepin icon


    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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    Qubes OS

    Qubes is an open source operating system designed to provide strong security for desktop computing.

    Open Source Linux

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    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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    Edubuntu is an educational operating system that is a part of the Ubuntu family. It aims to make Ubuntu, the popular Linux-based...

    Open Source Linux

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    Ubuntu Cloud

    Ubuntu Cloud is an open source Linux operating system designed to be used as a personal cloud server. It is based on the well known...

    Open Source Linux

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    Scientific Linux

    Scientific Linux is a recompiled Red Hat Enterprise Linux, co-developed by Fermi National...

    Open Source Linux

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    Oracle Solaris

    Oracle Solaris is the #1 enterprise OS, delivering breakthrough high-availability, security, efficiency, and industry-leading...

    Commercial Self-Hosted

  • gNewSense icon


    gNewSense is a computer operating system based on Debian, and developed with sponsorship from the Free Software Foundation.

    Open Source Linux

  • PCLinuxOS icon


    PCLinuxOS is a free easy to use Linux-based Operating System for desktops or laptops. PCLinuxOS is distributed as a LiveCD, and can...

    Open Source Linux

  • Netrunner icon


    Netrunner is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution with a focus on desktop computing.

    Open Source Linux

  • Windows Preinstallation Environment icon

    Windows Preinstallation Environment

    What's Windows PE (WinPE)? It's a small operating system used to install, deploy, and repair Windows. From Windows PE, you...

    Free Windows Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK)

  • Mageia icon


    Mageia is a fork of Mandriva Linux formed in September 2010 by former employees and contributors...

    Open Source Linux

Windows Vista Comments

Windows Vista is not so terrible, but...

Comment by SaltyMarshmellow
about Windows Vista and Windows 7 Jun 2011

Although Windows Vista is not as terrible as some make it out to be, it still uses RAM inefficiently (hence the "slowness"), and is not worth any compatibility that might come with it... just use Windows XP Mode for Win7.

Use Windows 7. That is the best advice I can give... Unless you want to use a Linux distro.


Vista is horrible.

Negative Comment by colbyj
about Windows Vista and Kubuntu, Windows 7 Jun 2011

Vista is horrible. the only decent features, start menu search and aero, have been in various linux distros for years. it slows down your coumpter, installs spyware, and pesters you with a half-baked permission control that prevents you from installing software and burning a cd, but not destroying your hard drive with incorrect partitioning. get windows 7 or kubuntu if you want a nice ui.


I don't see why everyone hates it. It's pretty fast on my l ...

Comment by pcwiz11
about Windows Vista Jun 2011

I don't see why everyone hates it. It's pretty fast on my laptop and has a load of new useful features over XP like search and the Aero feature is very good.


I just remembered that Vista added a built-in search bar to ...

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Windows Vista Jun 2011

I just remembered that Vista added a built-in search bar to the start menu, which was very useful. But so far, that's the only good new feature I can think of.


As far as I can tell, Windows Vista doesn't really introduc ...

Comment by OmgItsTheSmartGuy
about Windows Vista Jun 2011

As far as I can tell, Windows Vista doesn't really introduce any startling new features. It's just XP with pretty colors and the ever-so-annoying UAC. Go with Windows 7.