Haiku Alternatives

    Haiku is described as 'open-source operating system that specifically targets personal computing. Inspired by the BeOS, Haiku is fast, simple to use, easy to learn and yet very powerful' and is a popular Operating System in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 100 alternatives to Haiku for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Self-Hosted solutions, BSD, Windows and Mac. The best alternative is Debian, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Haiku are Linux Mint (Free, Open Source), Manjaro Linux (Free, Open Source), Arch Linux (Free, Open Source) and Fedora (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Nov 8, 2021

    1. dahliaOS is a modern, secure, lightweight and responsive operating system, combining the best of GNU/Linux and Fuchsia OS.
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    2. instantOS is a Manjaro based distro that works out of the box but is still aimed at power users. Everything is lightning fast and works out of the box.
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    3. A Small Debian-based Live OS.

      Discontinued

      Developed stopped in 2013. Last version, 2.0.1s32, released in September 2012, can be still downloaded from SourceForge.

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    4. GNU-Darwin aims to be the most free software distribution. Our mission is two-fold: Focus on projects that leverage our unique combination of Darwin and GNU, and help users to enjoy the benefits of software freedom.
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    5. Formerly known as Flint OS, and then named "FydeOS" after being acquired by NeverWare, the company behind .
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    6. DeLi(cate) is a fork of DeLi Linux 0.8 targeted at very old and low RAM computers. It also works very efficiently on ordinary computers where you want to run lightweight applications and avoid the bulk of ordinary distributions.
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    7. Mozillux is a Linux distribution based on the popular Ubuntu and Debian GNU/Linux operating systems.

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available and the project is no longer developed. Last version, 13.10, released in October 2013, can be still downloaded from SourceForge

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    8. Airyx is a new open-source desktop operating system that aims to provide a similar experience and compatibility with macOS on x86-64 systems. It builds on the solid foundations of FreeBSD, existing open source packages in the same space, and new code to fill the gaps.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Self-Hosted
      Visopsys (VISual OPerating SYStem) is an alternative operating system for PC-compatible computers, written “from scratch”, and developed primarily by a single hobbyist programmer since 1997.
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    9. Download Zen Installer for free. A Graphical Installer for Arch Linux. The Zen Installer provides a full graphical (point and click) environment for installing Arch Linux.