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

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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 Linux Mint opinions
      Some users think Ubuntu is a great alternative to Linux Mint, some don't.
      JohnFastman As of 2018, Ubuntu's installer will collect data about user devices. This has caused outrage amongst Linux users. Firstly, it's opt-out, rather than opt-in. Secondly, it shouldn't even be there. Thirdly, Canonical (Ubuntu's creators) have a very poor record on privacy, including harvesting local searches to drive Amazon sales and hostility to critics or their privacy practices. Try Linux Mint or Manjaro instead.
      Negative comment about 4 years ago

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      AegisCZ Ubuntu is less inituitive and takes up more resources
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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      felippehd Ubuntu is more stable and more up-to-date than Mint. Without Ubuntu, there's no Mint. But I like both.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    2. 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 Linux Mint opinions
      Most users think Debian is a great alternative to Linux Mint.
      JohnFastman Mint and other Ubuntu-based Linuxes are actually all based themselves on Debian "under-the-hood". So Debian is compatible with these and so might be a good alternative for that reason (e.g. uses .deb files to install software). However, Debian is less user-friendly and, in my experience, can be a headache to install. On the plus side, it's rock solid stable and therefore a good choice for servers as long as you keep it up to date for security purposes.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      There is no support for common Wireless Network Adapters like there is in Fedora, Ubuntu, or Linux Mint. Also, Debian has not been updated in a good while and I do not think it is a well maintained distro.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

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      Debian doesn't have a GUI for managing properietary drivers and doesn't allow users to install them easily due to its philosophy. That's a thing that lot of users forget or even don't tell you about Debian.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    3. Manjaro is a user-friendly Linux distribution based on the independently developed Arch operating system.
      Manjaro Linux vs Linux Mint opinions
      Almost everyone thinks Manjaro Linux is a great alternative to Linux Mint.
      Its a different repo base but the UI looks like the one from Linux Mint
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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      NikWillOrStuff Manjaro (especially the KDE edition) has a fairly similar overall interface and feature set, plus it's based on Arch! It's also the first linux distro I've tried and didn't run into issues or missing features :)
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

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      Cant really say. Linux mint is getting slower and slower. Manjaro is an option, if Manjaro has a 32 bit version that is.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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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 Linux Mint opinions
      Some users think Arch Linux is a great alternative to Linux Mint, some don't.
      JohnFastman Arch linux is a difficult to get into distro for beginners or even average users because it requires a detailed knowledge of how you want the system setup and to be able to do this from the command line prompt. However, for those wanting an Arch-based distro that is even more user friendly than Mint, try Manjaro: comes in many different flavours, works "out-of-the-box" all times I've tried it, has faster responses to security vulnerabilities and has great community support.
      Negative comment over 5 years ago

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      AegisCZ Natively doesn't support some wireless drivers
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    5. 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 Linux Mint opinions
      Most users think Fedora is a great alternative to Linux Mint.
      It supports the latest technologies, and has great driver support built in for recent hardware. It works right after install, and it's easy to use and maintain. Without a doubt, my favourite!
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    6. elementary OS is a free, fast and aesthetically pleasing operating system based on Ubuntu .
      elementary OS vs Linux Mint opinions
      Almost everyone thinks elementary OS is a great alternative to Linux Mint.
      JohnFastman For a long time Linux Mint has been considered ideal for beginners because 1) it's 100% Ubuntu-compatible (and therefore enjoys large community support and compatibility with many apps) and because it's "user-friendly"-focused. Elementary achieves all the same goals using an even more user friendly user interface. Mint servers were also hacked in early 2016, so take from that what you will.
      Positive comment over 5 years ago

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      If you're used to Mac OS style, you'll be pleased when using Elementay OS since it ressembles Apple system. Its desktop environment is known as Pantheon and it's based on Ubuntu.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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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.
      Tails vs Linux Mint opinions
      Some users think Tails is a great alternative to Linux Mint, some don't.
      Tails is for dissidents/activists and everyone else who needs superb privacy. Everything else is basically ignored by tails. Its the worst of all alternatives to ubuntu.
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    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 Linux Mint opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      JohnFastman Kubuntu = Ubuntu - the Gnome desktop + the KDE Plasma desktop. It's Ubuntu with a different face. Which desktop you like is a matter of preference. There is also KDE Neon, which is like Kubuntu but you get the very latest KDE Plasma updates as soon as they're out.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

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    9. 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.
      Almost everyone thinks Xubuntu is a great alternative to Linux Mint.
    10. 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.
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