Debian Alternatives

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

    This page was last updated Aug 15, 2021

    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.
      Ubuntu vs Debian opinions
      Some users think Ubuntu is a great alternative to Debian, some don't.
      LindsayBinsThompson Ubuntu is best alternative by their quality OS
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

    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).
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      Linux Mint vs Debian opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Linux Mint is a great alternative to Debian.
      alexandredarochacelestino User friendly interface, pack of apps. Pre configured with java and flash.
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      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.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago


    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.
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      Arch Linux vs Debian opinions
      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.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

      OAKSIF0 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.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

    4. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.
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      Manjaro Linux vs Debian opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Manjaro Linux is a great alternative to Debian.
      Arch based and drivers supports
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

    5. 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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      Almost everyone thinks Fedora is a great alternative to Debian.

    6. elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .
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    7. 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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      Tails vs Debian opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Tails is a great alternative to Debian.
      gabethepiggy runs off usb and is privacy oriented
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

    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.
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      Some users think macOS is a great alternative to Debian, some don't.
    9. 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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      Almost everyone thinks Kubuntu is a great alternative to Debian.
    10. 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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