List of alternative operating systems for old 32 bit hardware

This is a list of alternative operating systems that we can install on old 32 bit computers. Unfortunately, each year more and more operating systems drop 32 bit support and this list may get out of date very quickly. This list including modern operating systems that is considered currently the best options for home users and not including "lightweight" systems that is used mainly on media centers, servers, rooters..etc

  • 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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  • 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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  • Peppermint OS

    Free Linux Website

    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 systems, Peppermint is ready to use out of the box. Why spend hours tinkering and tweaking? Install Peppermint and get going!


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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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  • Puppy Linux

    Free Linux Website

    Linux is a free operating system, and Puppy Linux is a special build of Linux meant to make computing easy and fast.


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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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  • Lubuntu

    Free Linux Website

    Lubuntu is a fast and lightweight operating system with a clean and easy-to-use user interface. It is a Linux system, that uses the minimal desktop LXDE/LXQT.


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  • Xubuntu

    Free Linux Website

    Xubuntu is an elegant and easy-to-use operating system. Xubuntu comes with Small Xfce iconXfce, which is a stable, light and configurable desktop environment. It is based on Small Ubuntu iconUbuntu Debian Linux.


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  • Ubuntu MATE

    Free Linux Website

    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 hardware requirements it is suitable for modern workstations and older hardware alike.

    Ubuntu Mate has a number of guiding objectives and goals.

    -Accessible to all, regardless of language and physical ability.
    -Increase both Ubuntu and Small MATE iconMATE Desktop user adoption.
    -Ubuntu alternative for computers that aren't powerful enough to run a composited desktop.
    -First choice Ubuntu platform for remote workstation solutions such as LTSP and X2Go.
    -Restore the halcyon days of Ubuntu before Unity was introduced.
    -Use themes and artwork similar to Ubuntu so that Ubuntu Mate is immediately familiar.
    -When possible contribute to Debian so both the Debian and Small Ubuntu iconUbuntu communities benefit.
    -Package selection will favour functionality and stability over lightness and whimsy.
    -Provide a refuge for Linux users who prefer a traditional desktop metaphor.
    -Get adopted as an official Ubuntu "flavour".


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