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 Ubuntu, 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 13 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Linux Mint are Debian (Free, Open Source), ReactOS (Free, Open Source), MINIX 3 (Free, Open Source) and illumos (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Aug 30, 2021

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

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      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 over 3 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 about 3 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.
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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.
      Positive comment over 4 years 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 almost 4 years ago

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    3. 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).
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      ReactOS vs Linux Mint opinions
      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.
      Negative comment over 3 years 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
      • 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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    5. 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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      • 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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    6. Windows 11 provides a calm and creative space where you can pursue your passions through a fresh experience.
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    7. A Small Debian-based Live OS.

      Discontinued

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

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • BSD
      • Self-Hosted
      The goals are to understand and learn how the operating system works at a detailed level and to attempt to adapt it to modern hardware and software systems, such as solid state based hard drive emulators and Ethernet connected devices.
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