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elementary OS is described as 'free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu ' and is a very popular operating system in the os & utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to elementary OS for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Self-Hosted solutions, Windows and Mac. The best alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like elementary OS are Linux Mint, Debian, Arch Linux and Manjaro Linux.

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This page was last updated Jun 15, 2022
  • FreeOpen Source
  • Linux

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

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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.

    Most users think Ubuntu is a great alternative to elementary OS.
  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).

    Linux Mint vs elementary OS opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Linux Mint is a great alternative to elementary OS.
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    Mint works much better than ElementaryOS. Could never get wifi working properly in Elementary - something that only took Mint an automatic update and restart.

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    JohnFastman

    Elementary OS and Linux Mint are both Ubuntu (and therefore Debian) derivatives. Both community distros. Both use .deb packages. The difference will be primarily in the default desktop you get (Mint comes with Cinnamon by default) but you can easily install whatever desktop you want anyway.

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    Very user-friendly and easy to use.

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  3. Debian

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows S
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted

    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.

    Debian vs elementary OS opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Debian is still a legitimate alternative to elementary OS, but it might have issues that some users think are important.

    Not suitable for beginners who need an out-of-the-box 100% working installation, requires tweaking. Basically, just what ElementaryOS is not.

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    No tricks, no gimmicks colored funny things but works fine. Elementary has to grow up.

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    Elementary is for beginners, Debian is for advanced users.

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  4. 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.

    Arch Linux vs elementary OS opinions
    Some users think Arch Linux is a great alternative to elementary OS, some don't.
    JohnFastman

    Arch linux is a difficult distro for beginner or even intermediate users as it requires detailed system knowledge and how to set everything from the command line. If you want an Arch-based distro that is even more user friendly than Mint, try Manjaro. It comes with a wide choice of desktop environments, almost always works "out-of-the-box", has faster responses to security vulnerabilities and has great community support.

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    Arch Linux is for advanced users. ElementaryOS is for beginners.

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

    Manjaro Linux vs elementary OS opinions
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    JohnFastman

    Elementary OS is certainly beginner-friendly. It enjoys a great, easy-to-use UI and Ubuntu compatibility. Don't commit to it before considering Manjaro, though. Manjaro is based on the ultra-difficult Arch, but it's made super user friendly by the Manjaro guys, has huge software repositories and great community support.

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    More software in repositories (including AUR). Bigger community.

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  6. 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.

    Fedora vs elementary OS opinions
    Most users think Fedora is a great alternative to elementary OS.
    JohnFastman

    Fedora MIGHT be a good Elementary OS. Fedora's 2016 release is its most polished and usable version yet. But if you're looking for an Ubuntu-, Debian- or any kind of distro suitable for complete beginners, Fedora shoots just a little wide of the mark. Try Elementary, Mint, Kubuntu or even Manjaro (yes, you hard that right: they're very beginner friendly these days).

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  7. 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.

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

    Kubuntu vs elementary OS opinions
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    JohnFastman

    Kubuntu and Elementary OS are basically both Ubuntu under the hood but with different desktops. Kubuntu's Plasma is more complex and customizable, Elementary OS comes with something that aims at the look and feel of MacOS. Take your pick.

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  9. 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.

  10. Xubuntu

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

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

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