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Arch Linux is described as 'independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised GNU/Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package manager, to provide updates to the latest software applications with full dependency tracking' and is a leading operating system in the os & utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Arch Linux for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Windows, Self-Hosted solutions and Electrum. The best alternative is Manjaro Linux, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Arch Linux are Linux Mint, Debian, Fedora and elementary OS.

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  1. Manjaro Linux icon

    Manjaro Linux

    • Linux
    • Arch Linux
    224 alternatives to Manjaro Linux 

    Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system. Within the Linux community, Arch itself is renowned for being an exceptionally fast, powerful, and lightweight distribution that provides access to the very latest cutting...

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseManjaro Linux supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    2.  LightweightManjaro Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  No TrackingManjaro Linux will not track you or use your personal data.
    Manjaro 19.0 Kyria (Xfce)
    Manjaro 17.0 Gellivara (KDE)
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    Manjaro Linux vs Arch Linux opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Manjaro Linux is a great alternative to Arch Linux.
    JohnFastman

    Manjaro is a rolling distro based on Arch, but has a MUCH more user friendly approach, especially for those newer to Linux. If you can do it on Arch, you can do it on Manjaro. Manjaro uses Arch's AUR software repository - which is massive - as well as it's own. Comes in several official flavors (XFCE and Plasma desktops) as well as some community-made versions. The online forums and support is excellent and friendly to newcomers/beginners.

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    madpetro

    As others are saying, Manjaro is basically Arch Linux with a safety net. If you like the rolling nature of Arch, but miss the hand-holding (and stability) of a distro like Ubuntu or Mint Linux then Manjaro is a perfect compromise: It's rolling, but rolling slightly behind Arch, and with a greater stability. If you're a tech wiz, you're probably better off trimming the fat and going with Arch, but if you don't want to risk debugging things at every system upgrade, go Manjaro.

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    Guest

    Beginner friendly, auto-installing Arch.

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    Errepunto

    Manjaro is based on Arch Linux, but with some candy for new users.

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    spectrumsss

    It's minimalist and modern looking, I like using it

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    puciek

    It's basically a much nicer and simpler arch.

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  2. Linux Mint icon

    Linux Mint

    • Linux
    204 alternatives to Linux Mint 

    Linux Mint is one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions and used by millions of people. The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use. Latest: Uma (20.2).

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    1.  Ad-freeLinux Mint doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  No TrackingLinux Mint will not track you or use your personal data.
    3.  Dark ModeLinux Mint supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  Privacy focusedLinux Mint is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Linux Mint vs Arch Linux opinions
    Most users think Linux Mint is a great alternative to Arch Linux.
    ab1

    You need to switch between LTS versions in order to have lastest packages. Not good for my usage. Might be good for you...

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    madpetro

    A bit of an unfair comparison: Arch Linux is for techies who want to be able to customize every bit of their OS. Linux Mint is for people who just wanna grill using FOSS.

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  3. Debian icon

    Debian

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows S
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted
    213 alternatives to Debian 

    The Debian Project is an association of individuals who have made common cause to create a free operating system. This operating system that we have created is called Debian.

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseDebian supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    2.  No TrackingDebian will not track you or use your personal data.
    Debian 9 gnome.
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    Most users think Debian is a great alternative to Arch Linux.
    ab1

    Debian is quite slow in updating even the most important packages. Not good for my usage. Might be good for you...

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    felippehd

    Not so complicated as Arch.

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  4. Fedora icon

    Fedora

    • Linux
    205 alternatives to Fedora 

    Fedora creates an innovative, free, and open source platform for hardware, clouds, and containers that enables software developers and community members to build tailored solutions for their users.

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    1.  Privacy focusedFedora is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  No TrackingFedora will not track you or use your personal data.
    Fedora 23 (GNOME)
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    Almost everyone thinks Fedora is a great alternative to Arch Linux.
    ab1

    Reasonably fast with updates

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    germanwtb

    Like Arch Linux Fedora provides more up to date software all around (base system and UI), while not requiring as much user know how.

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    elementary OS

    • Linux
    213 alternatives to elementary OS 

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

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    1.  Lightweightelementary OS consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Distraction-freeelementary OS has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
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    mrdaltro

    Arch, even with its lots of packages to maintain, is stabler than Elementary!!!

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    ab1

    You need to switch between LTS versions in order to have lastest packages. Not good for my usage. Might be good for you...

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  6. Tails icon

    Tails

    • Linux
    • Electrum
    • Tor Browser Bundle
    • GNOME
    • Tor
    • VeraCrypt
    • Thunderbird
    101 alternatives to Tails 

    The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian 9 based live CD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The product ships with several Internet applications, including web browser, IRC client, mail client...

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    1.  Privacy focusedTails is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    2.  PGP EncryptionTails supports PGP, an encryption system used for sending encrypted emails and files.
    3.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Tails without registration.
    4.  No TrackingTails will not track you or use your personal data.
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  7. Kubuntu icon

    Kubuntu

    • Linux
    213 alternatives to Kubuntu 

    Kubuntu is an official "flavor" of Ubuntu that uses the KDE Plasma desktop environment. This gives it a completely different look and feel.

    Kubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine"
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    ab1

    You need to switch between LTS versions in order to have lastest packages. Not good for my usage. Might be good for you...

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    Pop!_OS

    • Linux
    203 alternatives to Pop!_OS 

    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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    ab1

    You need to switch between LTS versions in order to have lastest packages. Not good for my usage. Might be good for you...

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  9. openSUSE icon

    openSUSE

    • Linux
    202 alternatives to openSUSE 

    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server.

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    1.  Rolling ReleaseopenSUSE supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    GNOME desktop in openSUSE Leap 15.2.
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  10. ReactOS icon

    ReactOS

    • Windows
    • FreeDOS
    173 alternatives to ReactOS 

    ReactOS™ is an Open Source effort to develop a quality operating system that is compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft® Windows™ NT family of operating systems (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Seven).

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    madpetro

    Not really a viable alternative to Arch in the day-to-day. ReactOS is more aimed at people who have ancient Windows software that they desperately need compatibility with.

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