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Linux Mint Alternatives for Windows

Linux Mint is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is Debian, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Linux Mint and 14 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Linux Mint are ReactOS, Windows 11, MINIX 3 and illumos.

Linux Mint alternatives are mainly Operating Systems but may also be Linux Distros. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Linux Mint.
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  1. Debian icon

    Debian

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Windows S
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted

    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.

    ⚫︎ CustomizableDebian is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Rolling ReleaseDebian supports updates that are continuously rolled out, rather than in batches of versions.
    ⚫︎ No TrackingDebian will not track or use your personal data.
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    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.

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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.

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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.

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  2. ReactOS™ is an Open Source effort to develop a quality operating system that is compatible with applications and drivers written for the Microsoft® Windows™ NT family of operating systems (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista, Seven).

    ⚫︎ LightweightReactOS consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    This alternative is disputed. ReactOS is still a legitimate alternative to Linux Mint, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    beat_truck

    ReactOS is not Linux and is made to run Windows programs. It is also not very well developed or stable yet.

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    Some people chose Linux Mint because they had a bunch of Windows 98/XP games on CDs that they cannot run on newer versions of Windows because it is very easy to install and configure Wine and PlayOnLinux. ReactOS can run those older games and that makes it a good alternative to Linux Mint for some.

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    Windows 11

    • Windows

    Windows 11 provides a calm and creative space where you can pursue your passions through a fresh experience.

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  4. MINIX 3 icon

    MINIX 3

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted

    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.

    ⚫︎ LightweightMINIX 3 consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ Command line interfaceMINIX 3 either have CLI support or is a CLI-only app.
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    illumos

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    illumos is a free and open-source Unix operating system. It derives from OpenSolaris, which in turn derives from SVR4 UNIX and Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD). illumos comprises a kernel, device drivers, system libraries, and utility software for system administration.

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    Windowsfx OS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • ONLYOFFICE
    • Android SDK
    • Microsoft Office Outlook

    The Windowsfx architecture is based on Ubuntu LTS. Windowsfx tries to take advantage of all the legacy Microsoft Windows user experience so that the learning curve on Linux is minimal.

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    AtlasOS

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows

    AtlasOS is a 20H2 version of Windows which comes pre-tweaked with optimizations for FPS & latency.

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    BlackBerry QNX

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • Self-Hosted

    Based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, BlackBerry QNX has provided foundational software for many of the world’s mission-critical embedded systems since 1982.

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    DebianDog

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Debian

    DebianDog is very small Debian Live CD shaped to look and act like Puppy Linux. Debian structure and Debian behaviour are untouched and Debian documentation is 100% valid for DebianDog. You have access to all debian repositories.

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    DAMS OS

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    A Small Debian-based Live OS.

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    Discontinued

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

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