Alternatives to Xubuntu for all platforms with any license

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    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...

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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...

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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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  • 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 and Xubuntu are both Ubuntu under the hood. The difference is they come with different desktop environments (LXDE and XFCE, respectively). LXDE is even lighter on system resources than XFCE so should work better on REALLY old/slow computers. But that's it. JohnFastmanJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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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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    • Kubuntu and Xubuntu are both Ubuntu underneath. They differ from each other (and from Ubuntu) only by the default desktop that they come with (and some apps that are part of those). Kubuntu comes with KDE's Plasma 5, which is more modern, Xubuntu comes with XFCE, which is faster on old/slow computers. If you want KDE's Plasma, then go for KDE Neon instead of Kubuntu: it gets faster updates. JohnFastmanDec 2016 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 Xubuntu, 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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    Tails

    Tails is a Debian based live CD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user.

    Open Source Linux

    • Xubuntu is Ubuntu with the XFCE deskop. Ubuntu (and therefore Xubuntu) are both based on Debian. Tails is also based on Debian. But Tails is intended more for accessing the internet anonymously than regular desktop computing. Typically, you run it from a USB stick on untrusted computers. It comes with the old KDE desktop. JohnFastmanJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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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. Given its lightweight size and system requirements, Remix OS for PC is well suited to be installed on a USB...

    Free Linux Android Android Tablet

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    • KDE neon is an alternative to Xubuntu if: 1) you want to stay with Ubuntu 'under the hood'; 2) want the KDE Plasma 5 desktop (and have a relatively recent/powerful machine that can run it; 3) it's important to you that the Plasma desktop is updated absolutely as soon as any new developments are out. JohnFastmanJan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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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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  • 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

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    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

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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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    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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    Alpine Linux

    Alpine Linux is a security-oriented, lightweight Linux distribution based on musl libc and busybox.

    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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    ChaletOS

    ChaletOS is a beginner-friendly Linux distribution based on Xubuntu and featuring the Xfce desktop. It provides a simple and intuitive desktop interface, modest hardware requirements and five years of security support.

    Open Source Linux

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    Slax

    Slax is a modern, portable, small and fast Linux operating system with a modular approach and outstanding design. SLAX is a LiveCD Linux distribution based on Slackware . Despite its small size...

    Open Source Linux

    • Discontinued The project seems to be no longer updated. Last version, 7.0.8, released in March 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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