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Debian is described as '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' and is a leading operating system in the os & utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Debian for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Self-Hosted solutions, Electrum and Arch Linux. The best alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Debian are Linux Mint, Arch Linux, Manjaro Linux and Fedora.

Debian alternatives are mainly Operating Systems but may also be Linux Distros. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Debian.
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  1. 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 messaging and much more.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableUbuntu is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Support for scriptingUbuntu supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
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    Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
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    Some users think Ubuntu is a great alternative to Debian, some don't.
    LindsayBinsThompson

    Ubuntu is best alternative by their quality OS

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  2. 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).

    ⚫︎ CustomizableLinux Mint is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingLinux Mint will not track or use your personal data.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeLinux Mint supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedLinux Mint is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Almost everyone thinks Linux Mint is a great alternative to Debian.
    alexandredarochacelestino

    User friendly interface, pack of apps. Pre configured with java and flash.

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    Not much an alternative, but alongside with Manjaro it's fairly, useful, sleek and intuitive to use from everyone coming from macOS or Windows. I think Debian it's more powerful, but it has it's learning curve.

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  3. Arch Linux is an 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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableArch Linux is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ LightweightArch Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Most users think Arch Linux is a great alternative to Debian.

    Also light and configurable, ArchLinux is a much more up to date, and stays that way all the time. Its package manager is also much faster and easier to use.

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    If you want something stable and more customizable with support and a better package managing system Arch Linux is for you. You can even use debtap to convert Debian packages to an Arch Package, there are other 3rd party programs that can do that too.

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  4. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.

    ⚫︎ LightweightManjaro Linux consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableManjaro Linux is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingManjaro Linux will not track or use your personal data.
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    Manjaro 19.0 Kyria (Xfce)
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    Almost everyone thinks Manjaro Linux is a great alternative to Debian.

    Arch based and drivers supports

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  5. 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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableFedora is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingFedora will not track or use your personal data.
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    Fedora 23 (GNOME)
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    Almost everyone thinks Fedora is a great alternative to Debian.


  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.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedTails is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Tails without registration.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingTails will not track or use your personal data.
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    Almost everyone thinks Tails is a great alternative to Debian.
    gabethepiggy

    runs off usb and is privacy oriented

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

    ⚫︎ Lightweightelementary OS consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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  8. macOS is a Unix-based operating system, developed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is designed to run on Macintosh computers, having been pre-installed on all Macs since 2002.

    ⚫︎ Privacy focusedmacOS is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    ⚫︎ Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with macOS.
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    Some users think macOS is a great alternative to Debian, some don't.
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    Kubuntu

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

    ⚫︎ CustomizableKubuntu is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    Kubuntu 19.10 "Eoan Ermine"
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    Almost everyone thinks Kubuntu is a great alternative to Debian.
  10. openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableopenSUSE is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
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    GNOME desktop in openSUSE Leap 15.2.
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    Almost everyone thinks openSUSE is a great alternative to Debian.
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