Alternatives to Windows Vista for all platforms with any license

  • 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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    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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    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

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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 encourage its adoption, Microsoft announced that during its first year of availability, Windows 10...

    Commercial Windows

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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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    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

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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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    SteamOS

    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 aims to follow the Windows architecture designed by Microsoft from the hardware level right through...

    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 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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    Manjaro Linux

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

    Open Source Linux

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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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    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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    Qubes OS

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

    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

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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

    • 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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    Trisquel

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

    Open Source Linux

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    Scientific Linux

    Scientific Linux is a recompiled Red Hat Enterprise Linux, co-developed by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Although it aims to be...

    Open Source Linux

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    Edubuntu

    Edubuntu is an educational operating system that is a part of the Ubuntu family. It aims to make Ubuntu, the popular Linux-based operating system, a great choice for the computing needs of children, students, parents, teachers, and...

    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 Ubuntu Linux distribution and recognized as an official Ubuntu flavor, distributed by Canonical.

    Open Source Linux

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    Mageia

    Mageia is a fork of Mandriva Linux formed in September 2010 by former employees and contributors to the popular French Linux distribution. Unlike Mandriva, which is a commercial entity, the Mageia...

    Open Source Linux

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    PCLinuxOS

    PCLinuxOS is a free easy to use Linux-based Operating System for desktops or laptops. PCLinuxOS is distributed as a LiveCD, and can also be installed to your computer. Easy to follow instructions are included on the LiveCD. The...

    Open Source Linux

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    Illumos

    Illumos is a derivative of OS/Net (aka ON), which basically is a Solaris/ OpenSolaris kernel with the bulk of the drivers, core libraries, and basic utilities. It is dependent on OS/Net, which...

    Free Mac Windows Linux

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    Peppermint OS

    Peppermint was designed for enhanced mobility, efficiency and ease of use. While other operating systems are taking 10 minutes to load, you are already connected, communicating and getting things done. And, unlike other operating...

    Open Source Linux

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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