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    Linux kernel Alternatives

    Linux kernel is described as 'The Linux kernel is the operating system kernel used by the Linux family of Unix-like operating systems' and is a very popular Operating System in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Linux kernel for a variety of platforms, including Linux, BSD, Self-Hosted solutions, Mac and Windows. The best alternative is FreeBSD, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Linux kernel are Linux-libre (Free, Open Source), GNU Hurd (Free, Open Source), OpenBSD (Free, Open Source) and MINIX 3 (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 7, 2021

    1. FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including Pentium® and Athlon™), amd64 compatible (including Opteron™, Athlon™64, and EM64T), ARM, IA-64, PowerPC, PC-98 and UltraSPARC® architectures.
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      FreeBSD vs Linux kernel opinions
      Some users think FreeBSD is a great alternative to Linux kernel, some don't.
      burnx50 FreeBSD is not a kernel, it's a full OS
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      Emiran Free BSD May Give You More Complete Delivery Than Linux But It Has Bad Compatibility And It Is Not Completely Free Compared To Linux, But Still Good Thought.
      Negative comment 11 months ago

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      voreni it's best alternative for linux
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      Linux-libre is a GNU package that is maintained from modified versions of the Linux kernel. The aim of the project is to remove any software that does not include its source code, has its source code obfuscated or released under proprietary licenses.
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      Almost everyone thinks Linux-libre is a great alternative to Linux kernel.


    2. GNU Hurd (usually referred to as the Hurd) is a computer operating system kernel designed as a replacement for Unix, released as free software under the GNU General Public License. It has been under development since 1990 by the GNU Project of the Free Software Foundation.
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      GNU Hurd vs Linux kernel opinions
      Almost everyone thinks GNU Hurd is a great alternative to Linux kernel.
      The GNU Hurd kernel is not compatible in any way with anything compiled for the linux kernel. The system libraries are different, owing to the different design decisions taken when making the two kernels.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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    3. The OpenBSD project produces a FREE, multi-platform 4.4BSD-based UNIX-like operating system. Our efforts emphasize portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security and integrated cryptography. * OpenBSD runs on many different hardware platforms.
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      OpenBSD vs Linux kernel opinions
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      Alternative_adder OpenBSD is not a kernel, it's a complete Operating System.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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    4. MINIX is a POSIX-compliant Unix-like operating system based on a tiny microkernel running in kernel mode with the rest of the operating system running as a number of isolated, protected, processes in user mode.


      • FreeOpen Source
      • BSD
      NomadBSD is a persistent live system for USB flash drives, based on FreeBSD.
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      NomadBSD vs Linux kernel opinions
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      Alternative_adder NomadBSD is a complete Operating System, not a Kernel.
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • PandaBoard
      • BeagleBoard
      • Raspberry Pi
      Risc OS is an open-source OS specifically designed to run on the ARM chipset.
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      RISC OS vs Linux kernel opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      Alternative_adder It is an OS, not a kernel!
      Negative comment 9 months ago

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    5. Redox is a Unix-like microkernel operating system written in the programming language Rust, a language with focus on safety and high performance.[2][3][4] Redox aims to be secure, usable, and free.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Self-Hosted
      XNU kernel is part of the Darwin operating system for use in OS X and iOS operating systems. XNU is an acronym for XNU is Not Unix.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • BSD
      • FreeBSD
      FuryBSD is a brand new, open source FreeBSD desktop. FuryBSD pays homage to desktop BSD projects of the past like PC-BSD and TrueOS with its graphical interface and adds additional tools like a live, hybrid USB / DVD image.

      Discontinued

      From FuryBSD official website (https://www.furybsd.org/): "Thank you for your interest in FuryBSD. This project has been discontinued. Plans to publish Q4 2020 images have been cancelled."

      And their official GitHub repo (https://github.com/furybsd) GitHub repository has been flagged as "archived".

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