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    Ubuntu

    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...

    Free Open Source Linux

    • Ubuntu is less inituitive and takes up more resources AegisCZAug 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    Debian

    Debian is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. It is distributed with access to repositories containing thousands of software packages ready for...

    Free Open Source Linux BSD Self-Hosted

    • 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. JohnFastmanDec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Windows 10

    Windows 10 is a personal computer operating system released by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems To encourage its adoption, Microsoft...

    Commercial Windows

    • Paid, not open-source, horrible license and performance santobielnrAug 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is not opensource (Paid). Only reason to use Windows is gaming and good native drivers AegisCZAug 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    Arch Linux

    Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package...

    Free Open Source Linux

    • 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. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Natively doesn't support some wireless drivers AegisCZAug 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    openSUSE

    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. The openSUSE distribution is a stable, easy to use and complete multi-purpose...

    Free Open Source Linux

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    FreeBSD

    FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including Pentium® and Athlon™), amd64 compatible (including Opteron™, Athlon™64, and EM64T), ARM...

    Free Open Source BSD Self-Hosted

    • FreeBSD is unlikely to be a good replacement for Linux Mint because, 1) it's not a type of Linux but of BSD, which is a very distant relative; 2) it is not as user-friendly or beginner-friendly; 3) is likely to have a much narrower range of software and drivers available for the average user to keep happy. However, FreeBSD is likely to be more secure than Mint and other Ubuntu-derived Linux OSes. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    Tails

    Tails is a Debian based live CD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user.

    Free Open Source Linux

    • 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. Guest • Jan 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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    Remix OS

    Remix OS is an innovative Android-based operating system engineered to be equally adept on mobile and desktop devices. Given its lightweight size and system...

    Free Linux Android Android Tablet

    • Discontinued The company Jide decided to discontinue the Remix OS project and to focus efforts on the enterprise space: http://www.jide.com/ At the moment, last version, 3.0.207, released in November 2016, can be still downloaded from the official website.

Linux Mint Comments

Comment by 10twerran
about Linux Mint · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful

It resembles Windows and as a Windows user most of my life, it helps me to get used to Linux in a way I'm familiar with. Mint is easy to use and can be customised more than windows.
I love the open source community because we can get ideas from commercial operating systems and use it to improve ours without paying a penny for it.

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Comment by runical1991
about Linux Mint · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

Nice distro. Use it daily. However, I have a feeling that the screenshots are a bit outdated. Linux Mint 10 doesn't use the green standard scheme anymore but uses a metallic scheme instead.

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Comment by thelivingded
about Linux Mint · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

Absolutely easy to use, wonderful distribution. I'd recommend it to any newbies, or anyone really of any skill level.

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Comment by evan
about Linux Mint · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

By far, my favorite OS. I tried Ubuntu on multiple occasions and just couldn't get a feel for it. IMHO, Ubuntu's interface is ugly and I don't like spending any more time than I have to getting it setup into a working state that I prefer. Mint is all the good of Ubuntu with little/none of the bad.

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Comment by thewilson
about Linux Mint · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful

The best linux distro! Everything you will ever need is already in there, video codecs, flash, and all that other stuff Ubuntu doesn't like including. Gets you up and going easily out of the box. Heck, it'll even tell you when there are proprietary codecs available for your hardware that run better than the ones included. Don't skip it!

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