Alternatives to Linux Mint for all platforms with any license

  • Ubuntu

    Ubuntu is a Debian Linux-based open source operating system for desktop computers.

    Free Open Source Windows Linux Windows S

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    • Ubuntu is less inituitive and takes up more resources AegisCZAug 2017 • 12 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. JohnFastmanApr 2018 • 5 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Ubuntu is more stable and more up-to-date than Mint. Without Ubuntu, there's no Mint. But I like both. felippehdJul 2018 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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 Windows Linux Windows S BSD Self-Hosted

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    • 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 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Dec 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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

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    • 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 • 5 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Natively doesn't support some wireless drivers AegisCZAug 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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

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    • Paid, not open source, horrible license and performance. santobielnrAug 2017 • 17 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Windows 10 is closed source and has no focus on protecting user privacy. It also doesn't give its users as much power, in exchange for ease of use, and uniformity. Buster_BlueSep 2017 • 13 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Windows is not Linux, Mint is; Windows is not open source, Mint is; Linux applications do not run natively on Windows; etc., etc., etc. Guest • Jan 2018 • 10 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • It is not open source (paid). Only reason to use Windows is gaming and good native drivers AegisCZAug 2017 • 8 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Microsoft is outright hostile to the privacy of its users: Windows 10 collects EVERYTHING it can about you, right down to what you type (yes, passwords included) and how much time you spend in which app. Updates often revert your settings and install software you don't want. It's also expensive and closed source and far more vulnerable to malware than any Linux distro. JohnFastmanMay 2018 • 7 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Not free, MAJOR privacy issues, features that are forced on the user. No way comparable to Linux. beat_truckApr 2018 • 4 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • elementary OS

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

    Free Open Source Linux

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    • 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. JohnFastmanDec 2016 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • 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. Guest • Dec 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • ReactOS

    ReactOS is a free, modern operating system in alpha stage, based on the design of Windows XP/2003. Written completely from scratch, it aims to follow the Windows...

    Free Open Source Windows

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    • ReactOS is not Linux and is made to run Windows programs. It is also not very well developed or stable yet. beat_truckMay 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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

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    • 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 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Tails

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

    Free Open Source Linux Tor Browser Bundle GNOME Tor Thunderbird

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    • 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
  • Kubuntu

    Linux operating system distribution derived from Ubuntu but with KDE environment.

    Free Open Source Linux

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    • 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. JohnFastmanMay 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree




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Linux Mint Comments

Comment by 10twerran
about Linux Mint · Mar 2017 · Helpful Not helpful 5 Helpful Report as spam

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.

Comment by thelivingded
about Linux Mint · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

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

Comment by thewilson
about Linux Mint · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful 1 Helpful Report as spam

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!

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

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.

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

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.