Arch Linux Alternatives

    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 one of the leading apps in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Arch Linux for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Self-Hosted solutions, BSD, Windows and Mac. The best alternative is Manjaro Linux, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Arch Linux are Debian (Free, Open Source), Linux Mint (Free, Open Source), Fedora (Free, Open Source) and elementary OS (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 5, 2021

    1. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.
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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.
      Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago

      puciek It's basically a much nicer and simpler arch.
      Top positive comment  about 4 years ago

      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.
      Positive comment about 2 months ago

      Beginner friendly, auto-installing Arch.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      Errepunto Manjaro is based on Arch Linux, but with some candy for new users.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      spectrumsss It's minimalist and modern looking, I like using it
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

    2. 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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      Debian vs Arch Linux opinions
      Most users think Debian is a great alternative to Arch Linux.
      felippehd Not so complicated as Arch.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago


    3. 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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      Linux Mint vs Arch Linux opinions
      Most users think Linux Mint is a great alternative to Arch Linux.
      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.
      Comment about 2 months ago

    4. The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat Enterprise Linux , open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives.
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      Fedora vs Arch Linux opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Fedora is a great alternative to Arch Linux.
      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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

    5. elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .
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    6. 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.
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    7. Kubuntu is an official "flavor" of Ubuntu that uses the KDE Plasma desktop environment. This gives it a completely different look and feel.
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    8. 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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      ReactOS vs Arch Linux opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      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.
      Negative comment about 2 months ago

    9. 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.
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    10. 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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