List of alternative operating systems for home users

This is a list of Linux, BSD and other operating systems that I do personally consider the best options for beginners and home users. The list does not include operating systems that maybe easy to use and popular but something often breaks between updates such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Manjaro, Deepin, openSUSE and systems that is targeting advanced users in the first place such as Debian, Arch, Fedora, Gentoo. All operating systems on this list do take it their priority over anything else to deliver a smooth experience and a reliable, stable and secure operating system for beginners and average home users.


  • Zorin OS

    Freemium Linux Website

    Zorin OS is an easy to use, Linux-based operating system designed to make your computer faster, more powerful and secure.

     

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  • Pop!_OS

    Free Linux Website

    Pop!_OS is an operating system for STEM and creative professionals who use their computer as a tool to discover and create. Unleash your potential on secure, reliable open source software. Based on your exceptional curiosity, we sense you have a lot of it.

     

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  • elementary OS

    Free Linux Website

    elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Small Ubuntu iconUbuntu .

    elementary OS ships with a carefully curated selection of apps that cater to every day needs so you can spend more time using your computer and less time cleaning up bloatware.

     

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  • Endless OS

    Free Linux Website

    Endless OS is a Linux-based operating system which provides a simplified and streamlined user experience using a customized desktop environment forked from GNOME 3. Rather than using a traditional Linux package management system, Endless OS uses a read-only root file system managed by OSTree with application bundles overlaid on top.

    Preloaded with content
    Endless comes with more than 100 free apps and powerful tools that don’t require an Internet connection.

    Simple as a smartphone
    Endless is designed to feel natural and intuitive, making it easy to use even if you have little or no computer experience.

    No hidden costs
    Endless is free to download, and software updates are automatically included. It's also virus-resistant, saving you money at every step.

    Connect to the world
    When you are connected to the internet, Endless works like any other computer, so you can search the web or stay in touch with friends.

     

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  • CloudReady

    Freemium Linux Chrome OS Website

    CloudReady is a operating system built and maintained by Neverware. Based on Google’s open source Chromium OS, CloudReady uses web apps and cloud storage instead of traditional software and local storage.

     

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  • FydeOS

    Free Chrome OS Chromium OS Website

    A Chrome OS fork, with Android apps support, aimed at the Chinese market. Formerly known as "Flint OS".

     

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  • Google Chrome OS

    Free Linux Website

    Chrome OS is a Linux-based operating system designed by Google to work exclusively with web applications.

     

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  • MX Linux

    Free Linux Website

    MX Linux is an operating system - a cooperative venture between the antiX and former MEPIS communities. It is a midweight OS that combines an elegant and efficient desktop with simple configuration, high stability and solid performance.

     

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  • PCLinuxOS

    Free Linux Website

    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 LiveCD mode lets you try PCLInuxOS without making any changes to your computer. If you like it, you can install the operating system to your hard drive. Locally installed versions of PCLinuxOS utilize the Advanced Packaging Tool (or APT), a package management system (originally from the Debian distribution), together with Synaptic, a GUI frontend to APT for easy software installation. PCLinuxOS has over 12,000 rpm software packages available from our software repository.

     

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  • GhostBSD

    Free BSD Website

    GhostBSD is a user friendly desktop operating system based on Small FreeBSD iconFreeBSD , which attempts to conform to the Single Unix Specification. FreeBSD is known for its stability and security in server environments, which, incidentally, provides an excellent base for a desktop operating system. We base our work on well designed and thoroughly tested open source solutions to create an easy to use, familiar workspace, that can be used at home or in an office environment. GhostBSD can also be used as a live CD and to rescue data. GhostBSD supports the most popular lightweight and fully-featured desktop environments (including Gnome, KDE, XFCE, LXDE, and Openbox), FreeBSD next generation package management system, pushbutton installation files, Apache Open Office, Libre Office, LibreCAD, Eclipse / Anjuta development environments (for C, C++, Java, Javascript, Jala, and Python), and more.

     

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  • hello System

    Free BSD FreeBSD Website

    Desktop system for creators with focus on simplicity, elegance, and usability. Based on FreeBSD. Less, but better!.

     

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  • Haiku

    Free Haiku Website

    Haiku is an 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.

     

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