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Gentoo Alternatives

Gentoo is described as 'Linux is a versatile, fast, highly configurable and completely free Linux and FreeBSD distribution geared towards developers and network professionals' and is a very popular operating system in the os & utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Gentoo for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, BSD, Self-Hosted solutions and Electrum. The best alternative is Ubuntu, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Gentoo are Debian, Linux Mint, Arch Linux and Manjaro Linux.

Gentoo 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 Gentoo.
This page was last updated Jun 15, 2022
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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.

    Ubuntu vs Gentoo opinions
    This alternative is disputed. Ubuntu is still a legitimate alternative to Gentoo, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    vitalyzdanevich

    A few years on Ubuntu/Lubuntu/Xubuntu: it is good, usually no problems, even my grandfather can use it when I install it.

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    crazypens30

    As cakedy said, Gentoo is geared toward experienced Linux users. Also, Ubuntu includes a lot of software from the start, whereas with Gentoo, you would install everything manually and customize it to your liking.

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    cakedy

    Gentoo is mainly for experienced Linux users and is source based while Ubuntu is aimed towards newer users and uses binary packages.

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  2. 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.

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    vitalyzdanevich

    It works. But old software != stable software. On the website of Audacity audio editor in the news I see that they have dark theme - I need dark theme - but in official Debian repository of Debian it will be after a few years.

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  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).

  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 Gentoo opinions
    Almost everyone thinks Arch Linux is a great alternative to Gentoo.
    1598

    Can be as minimal as gentoo.

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    Buster_Blue

    Also targets advanced users, but its excellent documentation, and slightly less low-level methods make it more approachable to newcomers as well.

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



  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.

  7. Windows 7

    • Windows

    Windows 7 is the successor to Windows Vista . The new OS introduces a compelling combination of welcome innovations and much-needed polish. Windows 7 is built with the codebase from Vista and is a minor upgrade (6.

    Discontinued

    Mainstream support for Windows 7 ended on January 13, 2015. Extended support with security updates ended on January 14, 2020.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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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